This coffee manifested some brightness and acidity in the cup, which probably accounted for a higher rating than one would expect given that several panelists complained of a background shadow or taint. I called the problem a "slight, high, hard fruitiness." Another cupper identified it as grassiness; another detected a "rubbery" taste; still another concluded the coffee was "faded." Not much consensus in those descriptions, but clearly something was off. Two of us noted that the profile tended to vary from cup to cup, with some cups bright with a floral or fruit-toned acidity, and some dulled by the elusive taint.
Though this coffee manifested some brightness and acidity in the cup, there was something off which was described as hard, grassy, rubbery. Originally reviewed by a panel as a green coffee. Grown at 3,000- to 4,500-foot elevations.
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This review originally appeared in the July, 1998 tasting report: Caribbean Coffees