Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

California Grown

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Coastal southern California

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $100/200 grams

Review Date: March 2019

Agtron: 57/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicate yet deep, crisply floral- and fruit-toned. Orange zest, black currant, cacao nib, fresh-cut fir, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Sweetly brisk in structure; buoyant and satiny in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but sustains in a sweet, richly drying finish.


Produced at Good Land Organics Farm in Santa Barbara County, California by pioneering California coffee leader Jay Ruskey from trees of the Cuicateco variety of Arabica. Cuicateco is a selection of the Sarchimor interspecies hybrid apparently naturalized in the Oaxaca growing region of Mexico, and named for the indigenous Cuicateco people. Processed by the wet or “washed” method, in which skin and fruit flesh are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried. An early offering of Ruskey’s ambitious Frinj portfolio of coastal California coffees. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Micro-Roaster of the Year” title by Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A splurge coffee, crisply classic in the cup, rare and precious in its aspiration and story.

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