|Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
A gently acidy coffee, with a melodic sweetness and delicate complexity: sweet tomatoes and milk chocolate, perhaps a hint of fresh-cut cedar and a shimmer of jasmine running from aroma through cup to the clean, refreshing finish.
Yellow bourbon is a prestigious, heirloom variety of Coffea Arabica. Judging from the delicate, brightly complex cup, this coffee probably was processed by the pulped natural method, meaning the skin is removed from the coffee fruit immediately after picking, but the seeds or beans are dried with the sweet pulp, or fruit flesh, still adhering to them. Paradise Roasters prides itself on roasting and shipping coffee only after orders are placed. Its metaphoric mission is to bring some paradisiacal warmth from the coffee-growing south to the cool environs of Minnesota. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
A gentle and distinctive version of the classic American breakfast cup, superb when drip-brewed and enjoyed black.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 2005 tasting report: Soft and Sweet: Brazil Specialty Coffees