The Supreme Bean
Timor Maubesse Organic
|Roaster Location:||North Hollywood, California|
|Coffee Origin:||East Timor|
|Review Date:||December 2003|
Blind Assessment: A sweet, lyric coffee with remarkable complexity, starting with the aroma -- distinct leather notes, winy fruit, milk chocolate -- to the cup, where the wine tones deepen and take on an almost smoky edge. Clean, sweet, grape-like finish.
Notes: This coffee (same green coffee, same roaster) was reviewed earlier this year in an espresso format. East Timor is recovering from the ravages of its recent war of independence from Indonesia, and its malty, rich, low-key organic coffees are beginning to reappear on the market. Maubesse is a grade name. Shade-grown and certified organically grown. The Supreme Bean is a Los Angeles-area wholesale roaster specializing in high-end roasted-to-order espresso blends and single origins. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of subtly adventurous beverages.
This review originally appeared in the December, 2003 tasting report: Fragrance and Weight: Winter Coffees from the Pacific