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Willoughby's Coffee & Tea

Brazil Fazenda Passeio Natural

Location: Branford, Connecticut

Origin: Carmo de Minas growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $13.99/16 ounces

Review Date: May 2016

Agtron: 55/81

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Deeply sweet, layered complexity. Dried papaya, gardenia, baker’s chocolate, fine musk, almond in aroma and cup. Juicy, balanced acidity; creamy, nectar-like mouthfeel. The seemingly infinitely long cocoa-toned finish is resonant and deep, with lingering hints of dried papaya, gardenia and almond.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 7 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2016. Produced from trees of the Yellow Catuai, Mundo Novo and Acaia varieties of Arabica. A “natural” or dry-processed coffee, which means the beans or seeds were dried encased in the entire fruit. Naturals form the backbone of the Brazil coffee industry, but this lot reflects a particularly refined approach to the method. This coffee tied for the top rating in a test of natural-processed Brazil coffees conducted for Coffee Review‘s May 2016 tasting report. Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea is a pioneer specialty coffee roaster established in the early 1980s that has gracefully and successfully moved with the times and now offers a menu of extremely refined small-lot, single-origin coffees. Visit www.willoughbyscoffee.com or call 800-388-8400 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Juicy, exotic, port-like, and an excellent value.


This review originally appeared in the May, 2016 tasting report: Brazil Naturals: Tradition Meets Trend