Difference Coffee

Brazil Cup of Excellence Prize Winner

Location: London, England

Origin: Chapada Diamantina growing region, Bahia State, Brazil

Roast: Very Dark

Est. Price: £45/10 capsules

Review Date: August 2018

Agtron: NA/58

Aroma: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso produced as a ristretto 25ml (.85-ounce) shot using a Nespresso capsule espresso brewer with whole milk heated using a conventional steam wand. Crisp, very sweet, delicately seductive. Cocoa, raisin, roasted cashew nut, sweet alyssum flowers in aroma and small cup. Light and velvety in mouthfeel; flavor consolidates but lingers in a persistent, balanced finish. Quiet but superb in three parts milk: flowers and cocoa come forward pleasingly.


This coffee took first place in the 2016 Brazil Cup of Excellence juried competition for green coffees processed by the pulped natural method, meaning that the outer skin of the coffee fruit is removed as it is in the wet or “washed” process, but at least some of the sticky fruit residue is allowed to dry on the bean and later removed by machine along with the parchment skin. It was produced on Fazenda Santa Barbara in the distinguished Chapada Diamantina growing region. Cup of Excellence competitions are arguably the coffee world’s most rigorous and prestigious of juried green coffee competitions. Difference Coffee aims to present only the finest of the world’s coffees as determined by green coffee competitions and other measures of distinction, tactfully roasted and presented in capsules compatible with Nespresso capsule brewing systems. For more information visit www.differencecoffee.com.

The Bottom Line: A sweet, delicately distinctive Brazil, cocoa- and floral-toned, a lesson in coffee grace. Best as a short, concentrated ristretto taken either straight or in short milk.

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