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AHRIRE Roasting

Sillvia Solkiln N2 Level 95

Location: Pu’Er, Yunnan Province, China

Origin: Silla Del Pando, Volcan, Panama.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: RMB $350/75 grams

Review Date: April 2015

Agtron: 59/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Beautifully structured, seething with intricate aroma and flavor notes. Lavender, jasmine, kiwi, pomegranate, sandalwood, much more in aroma and cup. Sweetly juicy, complexly expressed acidity; syrupy, gently buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a long, arcing finish.

Notes:

This extremely rare, refined coffee was developed by boutique exporter/importer Ninety Plus Coffee. Produced in tiny, coddled lots, it is an ultimately refined dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. In the case of this coffee the drying was carried out in a temperature- and moisture-controlled solar drier, a proprietary method developed by the Ninety Plus team. This coffee when roasted for retail sale is sold in an attractive round fiberboard gift container. AHRIRE is a micro-roaster spun off from the ManLao River project, a non-profit project for alleviating poverty and protecting the environment in the Pu’er region of Yunnan Province. AH-RI-RE or “Tiger” in the Li language is the name of the head roaster, an ethnic minority who aims in his roasting to “showcase the robust, multi-faceted flavors in nature.”

Who Should Drink It: For those with substantial coffee budgets this is a stunning, memorable coffee, accessible yet vivid and extraordinary.

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