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Paradise Roasters

Congo Natural

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Kalehe, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 60/78

Aroma: 8

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly spice-toned. Grapefruit zest, almond paste, baked pear, cardamom, faint azalea-like flowers in aroma and cup. Fruit-toned, bittersweet acidity; full, creamy mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to nut-toned cardamom with hints of flowers.

Notes:

Produced entirely from trees of the Bourbon variety of Arabica. This is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Certified organically grown. Paradise Roasters specializes  in micro-lot Arabica and Robusta coffees from Asia and other emerging origins. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A crisp, spice-framed Congo natural with suggestions of rich almond notes throughout the profile.