|Roaster Location:||Beverly, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil.|
|Review Date:||May 2008|
Blind Assessment: Caramelly, wine-like aroma with ripe, perhaps overripe, fruit notes. Dense, heavy presence in the cup. Both Ken (89) and co-cupper Ted Stachura (89) found bittersweet chocolate notes. Ted also noted nut, pipe tobacco, hints of leather. Long, nut-toned finish.
Notes: Judging by the low-toned, densely 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. Cerrado is a newer growing region in south-central Brazil with a dry harvest season particularly suited to sun-drying natural and pulped-natural process coffees. Atomic Cafe is a coffee house on the North Shore of Massachusetts that began its elite in-house roasting program in 2005. Visit www.atomicafe.com or call 978-922-0042 for more information.
Who Should Drink It : Port drinkers and those who enjoy a heavy-bodied, bittersweet cup.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2008 tasting report: "S" as in Sexy: New Specialty Offerings from Brazil