our second week of the coffee cupping challenge takes us to a land of beauty and war, strife and diversity, and some of the best coffee on the planet. i think i read somewhere that this country has a stretch of land 80 miles across that contains the highest number of distinct microclimates in the entire world.
so here are the clues – you guess the country (and specific region if you are feeling lucky). the answer to last weeks challenge is at the bottom of this post.
aroma: butter and dark chocolate – think ganache.
acidity: moderately bright
flavor profile: deep cacao, sun-dried cherries, nougat.
hint: this country is the birthplace of the nobel prize winning novelist that is considered the father of magical realism.
last week… the answer:
a fine coffee from the mogiana region of brazil – in the sate of sao paolo and bordering minas gerais. the singer songwriter gilberto gil was thrown in jail in the 1968 (a fateful year) for anti-government activity – now he is the brazil’s minister of culture. for more on the vita/one pot trip to brazil click here
we cup tons of coffee each week. searching the globe for remarkable coffee beans – we thought it would be fun to launch a weekly cupping quiz – we name the characteristics and a few choice bits of information and you guess what region from which the coffee hails…
wednesday may 14th.
aroma: dark chocolate, praline, marshmallow, traces of smoke.
flavors: dark chocolate, balanced with hints of smoke, layered with baking spice through-out. sweet finish.
hint: the current cultural ambassador of this country was jailed in the 70’s for anti-governmental activity.
Check out Vita’s Flickr page for photos of Bosco espresso machines, Farm Direct trips and our raucous parties…
We visited Epic Roasthouse in San Francisco this past weekend. Chef Jan Birnbaum ( also of Sazerac here in Seattle ) teamed up with Pat Kuleto to open this fantastic restaurant, located on the water on the Embarcadero, right near the Bay Bridge.
Check out the beautiful Bosco