Barnie's Coffee & Tea
|Roaster Location:||Orlando, Florida|
|Review Date:||March 1997|
Blind Assessment: Another flower-laced Yirgacheffe, shimmering with rose and lavender notes. Enough acidity to sustain the fruit and flower innuendoes, but rather light-bodied. Some carbon thinness seems to emerge as the coffee cools. Depending on whether you find the very pronounced flower tones a delight or a distraction, this coffee could merit anywhere from an 80 to a 100. I (roughly) split the difference.
Notes: Floral, intense, transporting, as astonishing at first sip as the sudden scent of jasmine at dusk. A touch of richness and power supporting the always remarkable perfumes. Grade Yirgazheffe, Grade 2
Who Should Drink It: In comparison to the Willoughby's Yirgacheffe, this one has even more fragrance and less body, which makes it even more a flower-loving romantic's coffee. Or maybe a cross-over coffee for jasmine tea drinkers, although a Yirgacheffe like this one makes most scented teas seem as contrived as flavored wine coolers.
This review originally appeared in the March, 1997 tasting report: Straight Coffees from Africa