Organic Cafe Peru
|West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
A touch of fruit ferment both pleasantly complicates and slightly mars this interesting coffee. In the cup the ferment turns the acidity pleasantly winy and bends the fruit toward a rich, brandied chocolate with raisin and caramel innuendo. The long finish is marred by a troublesome bitterness, however, probably owing to the same ferment.
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Who Should Drink It
Milk or creamer should help the rich fruity chocolate bloom while rounding the slight bitterness in the finish.
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2004 tasting report: Savory Partnerships: Relationship Coffees