|Roaster Location:||San Francisco, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Patrocinio area, Minas Gerais State, Brazil.|
|Review Date:||March 2009|
Simple but softly rich aroma: sweet aromatic wood, caramel. In the cup balanced, soft acidity, delicately smooth mouthfeel, crisp nut and cocoa notes with a halo of cherryish sweetness. Lovely finish: clean, sweet, cocoa- and cherry-toned.
Processed by the traditional Brazilian natural or dry method, meaning the coffee was dried with both skin and fruit still adhering to the bean. Chapadao de Ferro or "Plateau of Iron" no doubt received its name because of the soil's rich iron content. Ritual is a relatively new, frequently celebrated (NY Times, etc.), obsessively quality-oriented roastery and coffeehouse with two locations in San Francisco and a third in Napa's Oxbow Public Market. Visit www.ritualroasters.com or call 415-641-1024 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
A poised, almost flawless classic Brazil.
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This review originally appeared in the March, 2009 tasting report: San Francisco Bay Area Coffees: Dark and Beyond