Monte Alegre Natural
|Review Date:||February 1998|
Blind Assessment: Perhaps this coffee was betrayed by our sample roasting. Four of ten reviewers mentioned burned or smoky tastes that may have been owing to a rushed or overdeveloped roast. Two identified a fault that may be associated with the coffee and not the roast -- a slightly medicinal or harsh character. No grace notes were cited, although the term "soft" came up frequently as usual. I was definitely in the minority with this coffee: I felt it required patience, but developed nicely: "At first heavy but nondescript, but then a gentle, light, levitating sweetness dances off the top," I wrote.
Notes: Processed by the natural or dry method, a gentle coffee, possibly betrayed by a fault in the sample roast. Originally reviewed by a panel as a green coffee. Processed by the "natural" or dry method (the coffee beans or seeds are dried with the fruit still wrapped around them).
Who Should Drink It: Apparently I was dancing alone. At best a gentle coffee, possibly betrayed by a fault in the sample roast.
This review originally appeared in the February, 1998 tasting report: Brazils