Kenneth Davids, CoffeeReview.com, February 2012.
Aroma: 9 | Acidity: 7 | Body: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Aftertaste: 8
Roast (Agtron): (43/53)
OVERALL RATING: 90
Notes: Harrar is one of the world's oldest and most traditional coffees. As it has been for centuries, it is simply picked and spread in the sun to dry inside the fruit. This way of processing is commonly referred to as the "natural" or "dry" process. Café Excellence is a roaster/retailer located in Audubon, Pennsylvania owned by the Valerio family, whose history in coffee stretches back to 1958.
Blind assessment: Intense, complex aroma: wine-toned fruit, caramel, fresh-cut cedar, a hint of roses. Muted acidity; full, buttery mouthfeel. In the cup the caramel turns crisp and cocoa-like and the wine-toned fruit deepens and develops a savory edge. The cocoa note in particular carries into a rich finish.
Who should drink it: Rich, roundly fruit-toned cup should particularly please those who enjoy fine traditional dessert wines.