|Roaster Location:||Des Moines, Iowa|
|Review Date:||January 1998|
Blind Assessment: One of the most successful Mocha-Javas in the cupping, this one opens with a shiver of rank Red Sea wildness, which almost immediately gives way to a swelling, lyrical fruitiness that persists sweetly and richly through the high-toned finish. A hint of the rankness resurfaces in the aftertaste. The pleasure here is almost entirely in the complex top of the profile; the bottom is a bit weak and underpowered.
Notes: This coffee opens with a shiver of rank wildness, which immediately gives way to a lyrical fruitiness that persists sweetly and richly through the high-toned finish. Here the "Java" is a Sumatra coffee and the "Mocha" a dry-processed Ethiopia Harrar. "Mocca" is one of many variant English spellings of the Arabic name for the old port through which Yemen Mocha coffee was originally shipped.
Who Should Drink It: Mocha-Java classicists; people who find Latin-American coffees boring and Kenyas overbearing. Probably best as a drip coffee, either black or close to it.
This review originally appeared in the January, 1998 tasting report: Mocha-Java Blends