Brazil Bourbon Santos
|Roaster Location:||Northborough, Massachusetts|
|Review Date:||January 1999|
Blind Assessment: Displays a rich, deeply matrixed acidity reminiscent of the best Sumatras. Although the cup is not quite as sweet and roundly ingratiating at first sip as some others in the cupping, the acidity sustains power as the cup cools, hence the somewhat higher rating for this coffee compared to those with comparable sweetness and body. A slight edginess to the acidity may indicate a scattering of cherries that were close to ferment as the coffee dried, but this shadow fault, if present at all, is so faint that it strikes me as a quibble. A fine coffee well-roasted.
Notes: A classicist's Brazil. Displays a rich, deeply matrixed acidity reminiscent of the best Sumatras. Purists will admire the Brazil virtues: full body and round, spice-toned sweetness. Bourbon is Latin America's classic heirloom coffee variety. Santos is not a region, but a market name for coffees from one or more of the best growing regions in southern Brazil: South Minas or Cerrado in Minas Gerais State or Mogiana in Sao Paulo State.
Who Should Drink It: A classicist's Brazil, with enough acidity to encourage purists to admire the more characteristic Brazil virtues: full body and round, spice-toned sweetness.
This review originally appeared in the January, 1999 tasting report: Brazil and Brazils