Allegro Coffee Roasters
Organic Papua New Guinea
|Roaster Location:||Boulder, Colorado|
|Review Date:||November 1997|
Blind Assessment: High, wild, winy notes rip through this coffee, first thrilling us, then turning uncomfortably lush in the finish, finally leveling out in a relatively clean aftertaste. American coffee culture hasn't made up its mind about this overripe, edge-of-compost taste. Is it a strange and wonderful gift of nature to be treasured, like the carefully cultivated mold in certain cheeses? Or do we dismiss it as a symptom of poorly-handled coffee?
Notes: High, wild, winy notes rip through this coffee, first thrilling, then turning uncomfortably lush in the finish, finally leveling out in a relatively clean aftertaste. Certified organically grown. Produced by small growers. Unlike estate New Guineas, which are wet-processed, this coffee has been dry-processed, which means the coffee was dried with the fruit clinging to the beans.
Who Should Drink It : People who love the wild, rich coffees of Yemen; coffee romantics. Anyone interested in coffee controversy. The line between striking tastes we treasure and those we condemn is a fine one, drawn by culture and tradition rather than anything inherent about our palates. Which way do you read this one? Buy a pound and send us an e-mail.
This review originally appeared in the November, 1997 tasting report: Environment-Friendly Coffees