|Roaster Location:||Ramsey, Minnesota|
|Coffee Origin:||Southern India.|
|Review Date:||April 2009|
Blind Assessment: Deep aroma: sweet nut, hints of orange, toast and vanilla. Smooth, buttery mouthfeel and pungent flavors of cedar, more orange and caramel, toasted grains and a hint of flowers. The sweet nut tone returns in the finish. The subtle flavors found in the small cup turn subdued in milk, limited to a mild, milky chocolate and toasted nut; finishing with a fine sweetness but a hint of astringency.
Notes: S. O. (for Single-Origin) is Paradise Roaster's designation for its line of espressos based on green coffees from distinguished single growing regions. In this case the single origin comes from trees of an interspecies hybrid that crosses the species that American specialty roasters love to patronize, robusta, with another species of coffee entirely, Coffea congensis. Hence the acronym: Congensis into Robusta, or CxR. Developed and grown in India, this hybrid has proven to produce exceptional coffees of the low-acid, big-bodied style that European buyers admire and American buyers have yet to explore. It is a special sun-dried example of this hybrid species, impeccably processed on India's Sethuraman Estate. Paradise Roasters prides itself on roasting and shipping coffee only after orders are placed. Its metaphoric mission is to bring some paradisiacal warmth from the coffee-growing south to the cool environs of Minnesota. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Adventurous espresso drinkers, straight up, no chaser.