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Greyfriar's Coffee and Tea

Brazil Cerrado

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

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

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: May 2008

Agtron: 42/48

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Roasty notes in both aroma and cup: pungent cedar, dark chocolate, caramel. For co-cupper Ted Stachura (88) further hints of nut and pipe tobacco; for Ken (88) dusk flowers. Full body, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, a slight hint of astringency in the otherwise rich, sweet, cocoa-toned finish.

Notes:

Judging by the low-toned, nutty/cocoa character, this is a traditional style of Brazil coffee processed by the natural or dry method, meaning the coffee was dried with both skin and fruit still adhering to the beans. 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. Greyfriar’s is a small batch coffee roaster, with a caf? in Chattanooga, Tennessee and an Internet presence under the name Rare Coffee. Visit www.rarecoffee.com or call 423-267-0376 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who prefer a touch of roast taste in a classically low-toned, nut-and-dry-chocolate Brazil.


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

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