|Roaster Location:||Bangalore, India|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||August 2002|
Blind Assessment: Ken: "Fine balance of sweet, acidy and roasty tones, with a hint of flowers and bittersweet chocolate. The balance breaks up a bit in the rather bitter finish" (rating 86). Chris: "Slight pipe tobacco sweetness in the aroma. Smooth, fresh milk chocolate flavor with a hint of sweet jalapeno" (rating 84).
Notes: Bhagya Estate is one of numerous estates associated with Tata Coffee, Asia's largest coffee company and a subsidiary of one of the world's largest tea companies. MNEB is an acronym for Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold, the top grade of India specialty coffee. From trees of Selection 795, a respected hybrid that includes the classic Indian Kents variety in its parentage. From the 2001-2002 crop. As a green coffee, winner of the top award for an arabica from its region in the 2002 Fine Cup competition in Bangalore, India. Currently not available in the United States.
Who Should Drink It: Ken's reading emphasizes the bitter edge of the cup, Chris's the sweet, but either way they are describing a versatile coffee with some exotic complication.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2002 tasting report: India Coffees