Natural – Green
|Review Date:||February 1998|
Blind Assessment: Although this quietly elegant Brazil didn't attract the sort of raves the highest-rated Guatemala elicited in our July 1997 cupping, it did stimulate admiring comment and the highest rating in the cupping. "Excellent overall. Stands by itself as an estate coffee." "This coffee is the best of the lot." Admiration centered on a smoothly substantial body and a deeply nuanced flavor. Three reviewers identified the grace notes as chocolate, a term that came up only occasionally with other coffees. One even qualified chocolate by category: "bittersweet chocolate, not sweet!" .
Notes: Classically subtle Brazil character, considered excellent overall, standing by itself as an estate coffee. Smooth, substantial body and deeply nuanced flavor with chocolate grace notes. Originally reviewed by a panel as a green coffee. Apparently processed by the "natural" or dry method (the coffee beans or seeds are dried with the fruit still wrapped around them).
Who Should Drink It: Classically subtle Brazil character. If there's a specialty coffee in the cupping, this is it.
This review originally appeared in the February, 1998 tasting report: Brazils