Backroads Coffee & Tea
Clean and decisive profile, but a bit too much wallop and not quite enough tickle. Little sweetness or nuance. Some dimension, but a rather hard, winy (not fruity) acidity dominates, sitting on the rest of the profile.
Clean and decisive profile, but a bit too much wallop and not quite enough tickle. Little sweetness or nuance, with some dimension but rather hard, winy acidity dominates. This Mocha-Java is unusual in making the "Mocha" component of the blend a Yirgacheffe, a wet-processed Ethiopian coffee noted for its floral delicacy. The Java is the usual wet-processed government estate coffee.
Who Should Drink It
People on their way to business meetings who don't want to blink or give quarter. People who don't like dark corners; people who prefer decision to nuance. Given that Yirgacheffe is such a perfumy and subtle coffee, I don't understand where the hardness comes from in this blend.
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This review originally appeared in the January, 1998 tasting report: Mocha-Java Blends