Coffee Review - Mexico Cab Franc Barrel by Ceremony Coffee Roasters
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2013
Origin: Chiapas State, Mexico Price: $20.00/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Achieves a fine balance of chocolate-toned coffee notes with deep, resonant wine-associated notes – grapy fruit, oak – that presumably reflect the influence of the wine-barrel conditioning of the green coffee. The sensory depth and complexity achieved by this interaction takes this coffee far beyond novelty to something quite original and authentic. Balanced, rich acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The complex flavor if anything deepens in a finish that balances sweetness with a pleasantly drying hint.

Notes: This exceptional coffee was selected as the #6 coffee in the Coffee Review Top 30 Coffees of 2013. This is the second in a series of experiments by Ceremony involving holding high quality green coffee in wine barrels to create unusual, in this case striking, wine-influenced profiles. Produced from trees of the Pacas and Mundo Novo varieties. The Santa Teresa farm is operated by third generation owner-farmer Erwin Pohlenz. Ceremony Coffee Roasters is a small-batch coffee roaster and associated educational laboratory, both relentlessly focused on producing the best possible coffee. Visit or call 410-626-0011 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Should make a superb dessert coffee, while aficionados of high-end coffee innovation will find it interesting, perhaps remarkable.


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