|Roaster Location:||Portland, Oregon|
|Coffee Origin:||Valle del Cauca growing region, Colombia|
|Est. Price:||$35.00/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||August 2016|
Blind Assessment: Intricate, immensely sweet. Dried raspberry, orange zest, mousse-like chocolate, Cognac, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Punchy, sweet acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The flavor consolidates to chocolate and dried raspberry, with a hint of sweet ferment, in the finish.
Notes: Comprised 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. Processed by the honey method, which means that the outer skin is removed as it is in the wet or “washed” process, but at least some of the sticky fruit residue is allowed to dry on the bean and later removed by machine along with the parchment skin. Produced by farmer Rigoberto Herrera at Granja La Esperanza in Colombia, an innovative producer that specializes in impressive and innovative work with unusual cultivars of Arabica. Water Avenue Coffee is a tiny roastery nestled next to the railway in the old Industrial Southeast quarter in Portland, Oregon. Visit www.wateravenuecoffee.com or call 503-808-7083 for more information.
The Bottom Line: An elegant, berry-toned, chocolaty version of the rare coffee variety Sudan Rume.