Green Mountain Coffee
Sulawesi (Celebes) Medium Roast
|Toraja/Kalossi growing district, southwestern Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Reader Ben Anderson calls this coffee "fantastic." That familiar adjectivefreshens up when applied to Sulawesi coffees, whose unexpected forest and fruit notes often doseem to express a sort of adventurous coffee fantasy. When hot, this Sulawesi displayed a richcup with a fine balance of acidity, sweetness and roastiness plus - the Sulawesi factor - carnally rich fruit notes reminiscent of cantaloupe. I started with a rating of over 90, but as the cup cooleda slight salty astringency in the finish lowered my assessment.
The rugged mountains north of the port city of Makasar on the Indonesian island ofSulawesi are the coffee equivalent of Islay in the world of scotch whiskeys, producing coffeesthat are often startling in their quirky, earth-toned variety. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters isone of the country's leading specialty roasters, offering a particularly wide-ranging variety oforigins and roast styles, including a comprehensive selection of Fair-Trade/organic coffees. Visit www.greenmountaincoffee.com or call 800-223-6768 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Coffee romantics should enjoy its odd smoky fruit notes, and anyone whotakes their coffee strong with milk should find this a rich, satisfying cup.
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This review originally appeared in the January, 2003 tasting report: Readers' Choices Round Two