OQ Coffee

Coffea Diversa Costa Rica Sudan Rume

Location: Highland Park, New Jersey

Origin: Biolley, southern Costa Rica

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $28.00/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2017

Agtron: 53/77

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Bright, crisp, deeply sweet. Honey, lilac, cedar, tea rose, mango in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-tart structure; satiny-smooth body. Notes of mango and spice-toned florals carry the short finish, while honey lingers in the long.


This coffee tied for the fourth-highest rating in a tasting of holiday coffees for Coffee Review‘s December 2017 tasting report. Produced by Ricardo and Gonzalo Hernandez entirely of beans from the rare Sudan Rume, a presumably very old variety of Arabica originally selected from wild trees growing on the Boma Plateau of Sudan, close to the border with Ethiopia. This is a wet-processed or “washed” version, meaning that the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the seeds or beans before they were dried. OQ Coffee is a New Jersey-based small-batch roasting company that emphasizes its commitment to coffee quality and community-building. Visit www.oqcoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A fine introduction to a rare variety of Arabica, Sudan Rume: crisp, bright, sweetly tart.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2017 tasting report: 2017 Holiday Gift Coffees

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