Chromatic Coffee

Keynote Perennial Brew

Location: San Jose, California

Origin: Sul de Minas growing region, southern Minas Gerais State, Brazil.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2014

Agtron: 60/77

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly pungent, gentle, balanced. Caramel, cedar, chocolate, plum, a hint of citrus in aroma and cup. Plushly soft acidity; smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a crisp, sweet-toned finish.


Keynote Perennial Brew is a rotating single-origin coffee. The version reviewed here is a Brazil coffee processed by the pulped natural or “honey” method, in which the skin of the coffee fruit is removed but the beans are dried with all or some of the fruit pulp still adhering to the beans. Produced entirely from trees of the respected Yellow Catuai variety of Arabica. Chromatic prides itself in doing everything in-house and meticulously, from printing its attractive bags to modifying equipment to sourcing and roasting its exceptionally fine coffees. Visit www.chromaticcoffee.com for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Comfort without compromise: a round, drinkable coffee with soft but lively acidity and impressive complexity.

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