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Paradise Roasters

SO Espresso Brazil Fazenda Rainha Natural

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Mogiana Region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $12.95/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2014

Agtron: 54/66

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Opulent, sweet, carnal. Brown sugar, fresh-cut cedar, rich chocolate, apricot, cinnamon, a hint of narcissus-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers, chocolate and cinnamon in particular saturate a crisp finish. Flavor softens but carries relatively intact into three parts milk.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the #22 coffee in the Coffee Review Top 30 Coffees of 2014. The term natural means this coffee was dried inside the entire fruit rather than after the fruit was removed. Most Brazil coffee is dried inside the fruit, but this natural Brazil shows a particularly ripe fruit character not typical for Brazil versions of the type. Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot coffees and espressos from Hawaii and other premier coffee growing regions. 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.

Who Should Drink It: The intriguingly lush, complex flavor profile should appeal to enthusiasts and casual espresso drinkers alike. This is a forgiving espresso that produces a successful shot at a variety of parameters, making it an attractive choice for beginners.