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Victrola Coffee Roasters

Brasil Cerrado Fazenda Esperanca Lot 302 Pulped Natural

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin: Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: May 2008

Agtron: 54/64

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

In the aroma roasted nut and honey for co-cupper Ted Stachura (91), plum, cedar and nut for Ken (92). In the cup softly acidy, gently bittersweet, quietly complex: cocoa, roasted nut, (walnut for Ted), hints of flowers, citrus and plumy fruit. The cocoa turns chocolaty in a surprisingly rich finish.

Notes:

Processed by the pulped natural method, meaning the skin is removed from the coffee fruit immediately after picking, but the seeds or beans are dried with the sweet pulp, or fruit flesh, still adhering to them. From trees of the Rubi variety. From the Cerrado growing region, a high plateau in south-central Brazil with a dry harvest season particularly suited to sun-drying natural and pulped-natural process coffees. Victrola is a small-batch, hands-on roaster with a passionate commitment to quality and distinctiveness. Visit www.victrolacoffee.com or call 206-624-1725 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A quiet, sneakily pleasing morning coffee.


This review originally appeared in the May, 2008 tasting report: "S" as in Sexy: New Specialty Offerings from Brazil

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