|Roaster Location:||San Dimas, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Carmo de Minas growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil|
|Review Date:||May 2008|
Blind Assessment: Balanced, complex, complete. The quiet but assertive acidity was praised as "balanced" by co-cupper Ted Stachura (93) and "sweet, rich, integrated" by Ken (94). The mouthfeel was "juicy" (Ted), the aroma and cup showed a crisply sweet complex of dry berry, cocoa, flowers, citrus, nut. Long, deep, chocolate-toned finish.
Notes: Processed by the traditional Brazilian natural or dry method, meaning the coffee was dried with both skin and fruit still adhering to the bean. From the Carmo de Minas growing region, an area relatively high in altitude and cool in climate, which may account for this coffee's balanced but quietly powerful acidity. A sixth-place winner from a field of approximately one thousand green coffees at a regional competition held by the Emater agricultural association in Brazil. From trees of the acaia variety. Coffee Klatch is an award-winning small-batch roasting company in the Los Angeles area whose resident barista and trainer, Heather Perry, won both the 2003 and 2007 United States Barista Championships brewing a Coffee Klatch espresso blend. Visit www.klatchroasting.com or call 877-455-2824 for more information.
Who Should Drink It : A splendid example of a new style of specialty Brazil, much quieter than Kenya but just as sweetly tart and complex.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2008 tasting report: "S" as in Sexy: New Specialty Offerings from Brazil