Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters
Fazenda Vista Alegre Natural Dry
|Roaster Location:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Review Date:||May 2002|
Blind Assessment: Pleasantly low-key, sweet, rather light-bodied, roasty without bitterness, modestly complicated by hints of cocoa or dry chocolate.
Notes: Fazenda Vista Alegre specializes in traditional dry-processed coffee, meaning the beans have been dried inside the coffee fruit, rather than after the fruit residue has been removed, as in the wet process, or after the fruit skin has been removed, as in the pulped natural process. Peaberries result when a single, oval bean develops inside the coffee fruit rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Intelligentsia is a leading Chicago-area roaster with a Keith Haring-style logo, excellent coffee, and a commitment to quality epitomized by the practice of printing roast dates on coffee packaging. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more info.
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy the gentler side of dark roasts: coffees that are roasty without overbearing bitterness.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2002 tasting report: Current Crop Brazils