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Atomic Cafe Coffee Roasters

Brazil Cerrado

Location: Beverly, Massachusetts

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

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: May 2008

Agtron: 51/58

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

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

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