Zingerman's Coffee

Indian Natural Processed

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Origin: Karnataka State, southern India.

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: October 2009

Agtron: 49/78

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Aroma of fermented fruit that reads pleasantly as sweet berry, with soft wine and nut suggestions. In the cup bright toned acidity, medium-to-full body and smooth mouthfeel. Tart cherry softens and rounds toward the sweet berry noted in the aroma, balanced by pungent suggestions of aromatic wood. Fruit-toned sweetness carries into the long finish.


Grown on India’s Sethuraman Estate, this coffee is dry- or “natural-” processed, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit is removed, as is the case with the more typical wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Zingerman’s Coffee is a specialty roasting company associated with Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, praised as “one of the top 25 food markets in the world” by Food & Wine magazine. It offers a relatively small but sensitively sourced and roasted menu of specialty coffees. Visit www.zingermanscoffee.com or call 734-929-6060 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An unusual balance of flavor notes in a traditionally dried-in-the-fruit coffee.

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

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