Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters
|Roaster Location:||Missoula, Montana|
|Coffee Origin:||Sul de Minas growing region, southern Minas Gerais State, Brazil|
|Review Date:||April 2005|
Blind Assessment: Complex, intensely deep aroma, complicated by peach, chocolate and a hint of cedar. Sweet and high-toned in the cup, where the peach turns toward floral and the chocolate toward cocoa. Rich, sweet short finish, though a slight astringency distracts in the cup and resurfaces in the long finish.
Notes: Cup of Excellence winners are green coffees that have been awarded ratings of over 80 by juries of international cuppers and auctioned to roasters on the Internet. This coffee was awarded a rating of 86.11 by the jury at the 2003 Brazil Cup of Excellence competition. Produced in the traditional growing region of southern Minas Gerais from trees of the yellow catuai variety, a recent but respected selection of Arabica, and 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. Hunter Bay is a wholesale roaster with a particularly informative website and an impressive selection of coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who pursue the quietly exotic.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2005 tasting report: Soft and Sweet: Brazil Specialty Coffees