|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||August 2002|
Blind Assessment: Ken admires this coffee's "almost chewy dry chocolate or cocoa notes" and its "sweet, rich balance and well-integrated acidity," though he had reservations centering on "a slight flatly potatoey, bitter mustiness" (rating 85). Chris finds a positive and colorful way of describing the sample's unorthodox aromatics: "Impressive variety of aroma in the cup, from honey baked bread to a sweet green-pepper spice, which caught me off guard at first. Finishes with smooth banana-muffin-like notes" (rating 84).
Notes: Bikkimane Estate is located at an elevation of 3,600 to 3,800 feet in one of India's classic growing regions. 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: If this coffee were available in the States, armchair tiebreakers willing to weigh in on its odd aromatic bouquet, which some professionals might label defective and others might accept, or even celebrate, as exotically interesting.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2002 tasting report: India Coffees