Alakef Coffee Roasters
|Roaster Location:||Duluth, Minnesota|
|Coffee Origin:||Probably the Mogiana growing region, Sao Paulo State, Brazil|
|Review Date:||April 2005|
Blind Assessment: The aroma is very sweet in impression with cocoa and walnut notes and a slight mustiness that reads as carnal fruit ? apricot perhaps. In the cup giddily sweet, but with a continued undertone of musty sharpness that continues to read as a cocoa-toned apricot, but less convincingly so than in the aroma. Very sweet finish.
Notes: Judging by the combination of sweetness and musty notes in the cup, this coffee is a traditional style of Brazil coffee that was processed by the natural or dry method, meaning the beans were dried with both skin and fruit still adhering to the bean. "Roasting is our craft, service is our business" is the motto of Alakef, a small-batch wholesale/retail roaster with a particular emphasis on organic and Fair-Trade coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of Sumatras and other creatively musty/earthy coffees.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2005 tasting report: Soft and Sweet: Brazil Specialty Coffees