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Pacific Bay Coffee Company

Brazil Daterra Bourbon

Location: Berkeley, California

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

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: May 2008

Agtron: 59/55

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

A very sweet-toned coffee with a balancing crisp pungency. Roasted nut notes turned up in aroma and cup for both Ken (89) and co-cupper Ted Stachura (86) with low-acid fruit notes that Ken read as raisin and Ted as cherry. Ken found cocoa and dusk-floral notes in both cup and finish, which perhaps accounts for his higher rating.

Notes:

Processed by the semi-washed method, meaning the skin and some of the fruit flesh or pulp is removed from the coffee immediately after picking and the seeds or beans are dried with a small percentage of the sweet pulp, or fruit flesh, still adhering to them. Bourbon is a prestigious, heirloom variety of Coffea Arabica. Daterra is among the world’s most technically sophisticated coffee producers, with three model environmentally and socially progressive farms in the admired Cerrado growing region of Brazil. Pacific Bay Coffee Company has operated a cafe in Walnut Creek, California for several years, and recently opened a roastery and training center in Berkeley. Visit www.pacificbaycoffee.com or call 510-845-2326 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A quiet, comfortable coffee for those who avoid acidy challenge.


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

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