Allegro Coffee Roasters
Considerably more emphatic and complex than the Armeno aged Sumatra, apparently owing to the handling of the roast. The same hardness characteristic of many aged Sumatras of recent years is enveloped here with a soft, almost candy-like sweetness, modulating to a dry, tobaccoish finish. Sweet notes prevail in the aftertaste.
An aged coffee with the typical "hard" characteristic of recent Sumatras is enveloped with a soft, almost candy-like sweetness, modulating to a dry, tobaccoish finish. See the introduction to this cupping for a note on aged coffees.
Who Should Drink It
I'm giving a split grade for this one to honor my split coffee personality: 85 on behalf of the romantic that admires the sweet, complex intrigue of the cup and 75 on behalf of the purist who recognizes that in any other context except aging the hard taste that survives in the center of this particular aged profile would be considered a defect.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 1999 tasting report: Indonesias and Papua New Guineas