|Roaster Location:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Coffee Origin:||Las Nubitas Farm, El Salvador|
|Review Date:||November 2004|
Blind Assessment: An unusual bittersweet, gently spicy tendency runs from aroma through finish. The aroma is caramelly but pungent, with a hint of milk chocolate. The cup is low-toned and dominated by a sweet/sour/bitter fruit; tamarind and lemon perhaps. In the cup the background milk chocolate is more pronounced, rounding the bright fruit. The finish is slightly but richly astringent.
Notes: A prize winner in the 2004 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed third out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 90-plus from an international jury. Produced from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety of arabica on the Las Nubitas farm at a growing altitude of approximately 4,900 feet. Intelligentsia, under the leadership of coffee buyer Geoff Watts and president Doug Zell, has become a leading supporter and buyer of Cup of Excellence coffees. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more info.
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy dry, spicy white table wines.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2004 tasting report: Raising Coffee Consciousness: The Cup of Excellence and Green Coffee Competitions