Paradise Roasters

Indian CxR Mandarin

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Karnataka State, southern India.

Roast: Light

Est. Price:

Review Date: October 2009

Agtron: 67/99

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 9

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Intensely sweet aroma of caramel, peanut and roasted corn. Heavy body, syrupy mouthfeel, soft acidity, and big, thick flavors of malt, toasted grain and nut with a faint halo of fruit. Long, peanut-buttery sweetness in the finish, turning slightly astringent as the cup cools.


This selection comes from trees of a hybrid that combines the species that American specialty roasters love to patronize, Robusta, with another species of coffee entirely, Coffea Congensis. Hence the acronym: Congensis into Robusta, or CxR. Developed and grown in India, this hybrid has proven to produce interesting, sometimes exceptional, coffees of the low-acid, big-bodied style that European buyers admire and American buyers have yet to explore. This is a special sun-dried example of this hybrid species, impeccably processed on India’s Sethuraman Estate. Paradise Roasters prides itself on roasting and shipping coffee only after orders are placed. Its metaphoric mission is to bring some paradisiacal warmth from the coffee-growing south to the cool environs of Minnesota. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Coffee adventurers, though you won't wander too far into the wilderness with this one.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2009 tasting report: Something for Everyone: India Coffees 2009

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