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Mystery Cup: Sample B...
Brazil Cerrado Monte Carmelo -- Natural: Cerrado is a growing
region within the state of Minas Gerais, south of the national
capital, Brasilia. This coffee comes from the area around the town of
Monte Carmelo, east-northeast of Uberlandia.
"Cerrado -- This region takes its name from the native vegetation of the area.
It is a high plateau, 800 to 1100 meters in elevation. The climate is very uniform.
Consistent rains and high day-time summer temperatures, and a dry winter-harvest
season make this region ideal for producing coffee. The well defined climatic seasons
and an abundance of sunshine during the harvest season permit the exquisite
characteristics of the pulp to be absorbed and retained in the beans, bestowing on
it a full-bodied, extraordinary drinkability. The majority of coffee produced in
the Cerrado is a natural preparation (unwashed) of excellent quality." 
 "A New Frontier in quality," CACCER
brochure (Council of Coffee growing
Associations of the Cerrado Region).
Sample B garnered perhaps the most mixed
reviews off all the challenge coffees. Some -- perhaps those preferring
milder coffees -- found it a favorite. Others panned it for its mild,
neutral characteristics -- at least one reviewer labeled it Folgers. [Only
partly in jest, I think.] Nearly all reviewers, however, were able to look
past its mild flavor to find both body and acidity in the cup, and many
remarked on its earthiness -- perhaps its natural processing peeking
"...hint of tobacco/ash"
"...a hint of funky mushroom in the aroma."
"...after a week this was one of my favorites."
"Musty like the Muskogee, OK courthouse coffee smelled in the '50s."
"Peppery when cold."