|Roaster Location:||La Jolla, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Haraz growing region, north-central Yemen|
|Est. Price:||$13.75/8 oz.|
|Review Date:||May 2010|
Blind Assessment: Sweet floral-toned milk chocolate and raisiny fruit notes in the aroma. In the cup soft, round acidity, creamy mouthfeel, very sweet with complexly layered suggestions of dusk flowers and lush fruit that suggest the tropics: coconut, pineapple. Flavor carries into a rich finish with just a hint of dry astringency in the long.
Notes: A 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. Haraz is a celebrated coffee growing region in north-central Yemen, west of the capital of San'a. Although Ethiopia is the botanical home of Coffea arabica, Yemen introduced the beverage to the rest of the world in the 16th and 17th centuries, and Yemeni coffee is still grown from ancient cultivars and sun-dried, usually on the roofs of stone houses. This particular Yemen is the result of a private partnership aimed at improving the quality of this legendary coffee by drying on raised tables and processing only ripe fruit. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler that focuses on organic and socially responsible coffees. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.
Who Should Drink It : An unusual opportunity for aficionados to sample a distinguished, updated version of the ancient origin that first sold the world on coffee.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2010 tasting report: Micro to Macro: Southern California Coffees