|Roaster Location:||Ramsey, Minnesota|
|Coffee Origin:||Kalehe, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Est. Price:||$14.95/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||April 2016|
Blind Assessment: Sweet, delicately rich, floral. Molasses, wild raspberry, baker’s chocolate and rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Crisp, bittersweet acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. The flavor consolidates around raspberry and chocolate in the rich, round, gently drying finish.
Notes: Produced entirely from trees of the Bourbon variety of Arabica by the SOPACDI coop. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has very recently established itself as a source of specialty coffee with the development of cooperatives like SOPACDI. Located overlooking Lake Kivu, on the opposite side of the lake from Rwanda, this rapidly growing cooperative now has 5,600 members and apparently is succeeding in its goal to help heal wounds left by the latest in eastern Congo’s seemingly endless string of horrific rebellions and civil wars. This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot coffees and espressos from Hawaii and other premier coffee growing regions. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.
The Bottom Line: An intriguing coffee with an usual combination of floral and savory suggestions.