|Roaster Location:||Denver, Colorado|
|Coffee Origin:||Wellega, Ethiopia|
|Est. Price:||$14.00/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||May 2011|
Evaluated as espresso. Complex dried-in-the-fruit profile. “Berries and more berries” in the aroma for co-taster Sean Kohmescher (91). For Ken (91) berries plus a lot of other notes: brandy, malty dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar. In the small cup Sean felt the aromatics turned crisper and drier: lemon, flowers, green bitters (as in asparagus); Ken read the same rounder, brandyish, cedary berries-and-chocolate notes as he had in the aroma. Both found the body medium and the mouthfeel silky. Rather crisp in two parts milk; cocoa for Ken, lemon and flowers for Sean.
Grown and processed near Nekempte, Ethiopia, especially for Novo, in forest-like conditions at altitudes of approximately 7,000 feet. This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. Founded by Herb, Joseph and Jake Brodsky in 2002, Novo Coffee is a quality-oriented boutique roasting company with fine coffee, an elegant package, and the slogan "Get Closer" – to coffee, as it turns out. Visit www.novocoffee.com or call 303-295-7678 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Expresses the berry-and-brandy character of fine dried-in-the-fruit natural coffees with clean, intriguing range and complexity.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 2011 tasting report: Single-Origin Espressos