Bucks County Coffee
|Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
The aroma is intense but narrow in range and lacking nuance. In the cup definitively flat, with a flavor-dampening mustiness that reads as dull mildew rather than rich earth. Brightened only by a faintly woody sweetness and the barest hint of acidity. Nominated anonymously.
Traditionally processed Sumatras like this one are valued for the mildly fermented fruit and mildewed earth tones created by unorthodox methods of fruit removal and drying. Bucks County Coffee has managed to stay close to its micro-roasting roots throughout its expansion from a small roasting machine in a carriage house to one of the country's largest regional specialty coffee chains. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those coffee students curious to taste the down side of the often superbly idiosyncratic Sumatra profile.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 2004 tasting report: Readers' Nominations