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Brazil Camocim Organic Peaberry

August 9, 2005
Jim Schulman

Camocim is apparently a boaters' destination city on coastal Brazil, well known for its extreme tides. It is also the name of an Utz Kapeh (a type of fair trade certification) and organic facenda. In the currently fashionable style, they sell their coffees in single varieties -- Yellow and Red Icatu, Yellow Bourbon, and a Peaberry from the bourbon. The coffees are pulp natural process. I roasted the Peaberries to my usual City Roast for this review.

This coffee is a head scratcher for me. At this roast, the cup is strongly vegetal, with asparagus, cucumber and minty notes; underneath, there are hints of cherry, chocolate, and the Bourbon-style "strong coffee" roast taste. All this is not unpleasant, but quite surprising in a cup of coffee and I recommend the light roast for the adventurous. At darker roasts, the vegetal notes will become more rooty in typical Brazil fashion. I think this bean is dense enough to take a fairly dark roast, if taken slowly.

Dry fragrance: 3.0
Wet Aroma: 3.5
Flavor: 7.0
Finish: 7.5
Acidity: 7.0
Body: 7.5
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TOTAL (subtotal + 50): 85.5

  • Lighter Roasts: Interesting cucumber, mint and asparagus notes for adventurous drinkers.
  • Darker Roasts: Vegetal notes turn Brazil rooty, Bourbon "strong-coffee" roast flavors.
  • As Espresso: Dry, classic espresso roast flavor, with mint and cucumber in the finish. A fun daytime shot.

 

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