Location: Minneapolis, MInnesota
Origin: Sandy Bay Valley, Saint Helena Island
Est. Price: $49.95/4 ounces
Review Date: July 2019
Delicate, richly sweet-tart. Almond nougat, lemon zest, tea rose, dried cherry, clove in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart in structure with crisp, wine-like acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The long finish centers around notes of dried cherry and clove.
Produced at Bamboo Estate entirely from trees of the Bourbon variety of Arabica and processed by the washed method. Saint Helena is a remote island between Brazil and Africa with a long tradition of coffee-growing, though current production is fewer than two metric tons per year. Paradise Roasters specializes in microlot Arabica and Robusta coffees from Asia and other emerging origins. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.
The Bottom Line: An extremely rare, limited-production coffee procured by Miguel Meza of Paradise Roasters, well worth sampling for its balanced, pleasingly complex cup profile.
Taste The Coffee 2019