|Roaster Location:||Topeka, Kansas|
|Coffee Origin:||Northern Rivers region, New South Wales, Australia|
|Review Date:||June 2008|
Blind Assessment: Ken (88) showed more enthusiasm for the small cup than co-taster Heather Perry (87), finding the aroma simple but "high-toned and elegant," the body leanish but smooth, the flavor pungently smoky (for Heather pleasantly tobacco notes in the aroma turned "ashy" in the cup), the finish sweet and long. Both found the presence in milk simple but "balanced and sweet" (Heather).
Notes: Bundja is an unusually prepared Australian coffee. Mountain Top Coffee processes coffee from several small Australian farms as a special espresso type. Using what the mill calls a "double pass" preparation, "raisin" (coffee fruit dried on the tree) and sweet, purple, past-ripe fruit is rewetted and the fruit residue scrubbed off the beans by machine. The resulting coffee is quite sweet and low in acidity, tending to display fruity, mustily pungent notes, probably developed while in contact with the drying fruit on the trees. PT's is a quality-oriented wholesale/retail specialty roaster with a wide and refined selection of coffee blends and origins. The PT's motto is "without the love, it's just coffee.' Visit www.ptscoffee.com or call 888-678-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Aficionados interested in Australian coffees and unusual processing methods, though the contrasty roast style, relatively dark on the surface of the beans and rather light on the inside, may have contributed to the pungent, tobaccoish character that marked the small cup.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2008 tasting report: Single-Origin Espressos 2008