Gridge's Coffee & Roasting
Brazilian Prima Qualita
Low-key but quietly complex aroma: mild chocolate, richly spicy fruit that reads perhaps as papaya. In the cup good body, round mouthfeel, quietly balanced. The fruit and chocolate sharpens a bit from sweet to bittersweet, influenced by a slight mustiness that reads legitimately as a nutty spice. Rich short finish, slightly astringent long.
Judging by cup character, this coffee is a traditional style of Brazil coffee processed by the natural or dry method, meaning the coffee was dried with both skin and flesh of the fruit still adhering to the beans. Gridge's is a single-location boutique cafe and roasting company housed in a restored storefront in an historic neighborhood of Cookeville, Tennessee. Visit
Who Should Drink It
A classic old-style Brazil, with excellent body, very little acidity, and a twist of musty spice and fruit.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 2005 tasting report: Soft and Sweet: Brazil Specialty Coffees