|Roaster Location:||Spring Grove, Illinois|
|Review Date:||July 2005|
Blind Assessment: A showcase for the intense, sweetly tart sensation coffee people call acidity. The acidity is nuanced by tomato and orange notes in the aroma, softening toward chocolate and cedar in the cup. The acidity leaves a rich astringency behind in the short finish, but delicate orange notes outlast it in the long.
Notes: Despite national coffee leadership marred by confusion and accusations of corruption, Kenya cooperatives continue to produce some of the world's most elegant and distinctive coffees. AA is the highest grade of Kenya coffee based on bean size. Coffee Masters is an influential, quality-oriented wholesale roaster located in a Chicago-area suburb. Visit
Who Should Drink It: With its tart sweetness and sensory allusions to tomato and orange juice, a fine breakfast-style cup of the old, pre-Starbucks style.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2005 tasting report: Watch It, Seattle: Chicago-Area Coffees