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Creation Food Co.

Las Nubes Sudan Rume Natural

Location: Taipei City, Taiwan

Origin: Valle del Cauca Department, southwest Colombia

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: NT $1170/227 grams

Review Date: October 2016

Agtron: 38/52

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, deep, roundly tart and slightly savory. Rum-toned dark chocolate, ripe orange, plum, oak, lavender top notes in aroma and small cup. Light but silky mouthfeel; deeply chocolaty, lightly drying mouthfeel. Authoritative, perhaps a bit blunt, in three parts milk: plum-like fruit, oaky dark chocolate.

Notes:

Comprised entirely of beans from the rare Sudan Rume, a presumably very old variety of Arabica originally selected from wild trees growing on the Boma Plateau of Sudan, close to the border with Ethiopia. Produced at Las Nubes farm, a leading experimenter with exotic varieties of Arabica. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, 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. Creation Food is a food service company with a specialty coffee division. It operates one of the few large-scale coffee production facilities in Taiwan. Visit www.creation.com.tw or call 0800-020-368 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A very interesting tree variety and tactful dried-in-the-fruit processing produces a subtly original and resonant espresso.

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