Rhetoric Coffee

B People Blend

Location: Berkeley, California

Origin: Papua New Guinea; Burundi; Ethiopia; Kenya

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2017

Agtron: 57/72

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Bold, pungently sweet-toned. Salted caramel, oak, dried apricot, lime zest, a hint of narcissus in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded acidity; syrupy though dry mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of dark chocolate and dried apricot in the short and gently drying aromatic wood in the long.


A blend of coffees from Papua New Guinea, Burundi, Ethiopia and Kenya that has been melange-roasted; in other words, each coffee comprising the blend has been roasted separately to a somewhat different degree of roast. Founded in 2015 by roaster James Parrish, Rhetoric Coffee is roasted at CoRo, Bay Area Co-Roasters (www.corocoffee.com), a collaborative community roasting space in Berkeley, California. Visit www.rhetoriccoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A compelling and quietly original blend, unusual in that it contains coffees from four origins roasted to different levels and combined, much like a cuvee in the wine industry.

This review originally appeared in the February, 2017 tasting report: New Roasting Companies Carry the Third-Wave Torch

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