St. Ives Coffee Roasters
|Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
In the aroma intensely but cleanly roasty: pungent cedar with faint fruit undertones: papaya and apricot. In the cup the aggressive charred cedar tones continue to dominate, but the fruit becomes more explicit, rounding and sweetening toward chocolate. Sweet chocolate tones buffer the astringency in the short finish, but in the long the astringency turns rather heavy and tongue-coating.
From the Cerrado region, a newer growing region distinguished by its dry, sunny fruiting and harvest season. St. Ives is a quality oriented wholesale/retail specialty roaster located in northeastern Georgia whose motto is "The Closest You Can Get to the Coffee Tree." Judging from this sample, St. Ives roasts its single-origin coffees very, very dark, to the far edge (far beyond Starbucks and Peet?s) of where coffee still can be called roasted rather than burned. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who want a little Brazil in their French roast.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 2005 tasting report: Soft and Sweet: Brazil Specialty Coffees