Very interesting picks from all. Although some leave me baffled (Liberic=
a? Are you all for real?), it just goes to show that there are a multitu=
de of tastes out there which can find satisfaction in a multitude of flavor=
s. Here are those which satisfied my taste and which I would willingly d=
rink over and over and over again:
1. Ethiopia Koratie WP -- no need to add to Les' assessment, with which =
I agree wholeheartedly.
2. Ethiopia Koratie DP -- an easy choice, as it not only called to mind =
the stellar Ethiopian blueberry bombs of three years ago but provided a fir=
st-time experience for us all: the chance to sample the same coffee proc=
essed two different ways. That alone was worth the price of admission.
3. Panama Esmerelda Gesha Lot 10 -- didn't try the real expensive ones, =
but this lot provided all I'd hoped for: tremendous variety of aromatics=
& flavors, almost perfectly-balanced. =
4. Mexico Chiapas Proish co-op -- I am a sucker for a really good Typica=
, and this one assuaged my Oaxaca-typica-deprived tastebuds: outstanding=
richness with heaps of chocolate and just enough brightness to keep my und=
5. gotta lump a bunch together here: ALL of the dry-processed Central=
s we've gotten to try this year. I'm not sure if we understand what an i=
mpressive feat this is -- but suffice to say that it's never happened befor=
e. Even if some turned out too weird for me (Guatemala Oriente, anyone?)=
, so many were astonishingly good and taught me a ton about what an impact =
the processing method has on the final flavor. Who would have thought th=
at a Nicaragua Limoncillo pacamara, dry-processed, would reveal itself to b=
e the long-lost sibling of some random Sidamo? Ditto for the CR Brumas, =
which was more subtle in the fruit but unlike any Costa Rican I'd ever had.=
Ditto for the Mexico Nayarit DP...
Man, this has been one of the greatest years in coffee for me, and that's i=
n large part to the diligence, curiosity, care, and never-let-the-possibili=
ty-of-failure-deter-you-from-trying efforts of the esteemed Tom Owen. Th=
anks a bunch, man.
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