First Colony Coffee & Tea
|Roaster Location:||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Review Date:||March 1998|
Blind Assessment: Not entirely typical for a Sumatra, but something of a revelation: an almost Latin-American brightness up front before the deep Sumatra tones prevail, pulling us down into a broad, deep, sweet vanilla-tinged center. An amazing range, from the fleeting floral top notes to a pungently rich bottom, plus a long, satisfying development that carries straight through to the vanilla memories in the aftertaste.
Notes: Not entirely typical for a Sumatra, but a revelation: an almost Latin-American brightness up front before the deep Sumatra tones prevail through a broad, deep, sweet vanilla-tinged center. Amazing range. Processed by traditional Sumatra methods.
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of the great Latin-American coffees who want to diversify. Although the acidity here is not nearly as powerful as in a good Guatemala or Costa Rica, there is enough to elevate and stretch the deep Sumatra profile.
This review originally appeared in the March, 1998 tasting report: Sumatra Coffees