A coffee bean quiz

February 27, 2012

The last few batches of beans I’ve had were distinctive in the sense that you could pick them out based on appearance alone for various reasons. I say this as someone who’s curious and pays attention to coffee trivia but who has ZERO roasting experience and who has never been to a coffee farm. Anyway, I thought it might be fun to do a little quiz here and let you all show what you know. Given the crowd, I imagine this might be easy for some, but at the very least it should lead to interesting discussion.

Ok, without further ado, time for school. Below you’ll find a picture of three roasted samples (A, B, and C) along with three numbered coffee descriptions. Here’s a high-res. version of the picture as well in case ROASTe’s resizing causes problems. So as not to give too much away, I’ve only listed a few details, and I’ll refrain from posting anything about why the info. below might or might not be helpful. Please post your guesses (i.e. letter-number pairs) in the comments section if you feel so inclined. Those who don’t want to cheat should avoid scrolling down before guessing, but nobody’s going to whack your knuckles with a ruler if your eyes start to wander!

1. Velton’s Yemen Mokha Harasi

Heirloom varietals, dry-processed

2. Klatch’s Kenya Ichamara Peaberry

SL 28, SL 34, and Ruiru varietals, washed

3. MadCap’s Six One Six blend

Finca Vista Hermosa (Guatemala): Caturra varietal, washed

Finca de Dios (Guatemala): Catuai varietal, washed

I’ll give people a few days to respond and then update here or in a new post with the correct answers and a follow-up.

NB: about taste, I’m still making my mind up on the MadCap blend, but I’ve posted mini-reviews of the other two already. In a nutshell, the Yemen is great for espresso, and the Kenya is simply fantastic brewed.

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Arriving tomorrow: Brown Coffee's Finca Vista Hermosa, Edlina microlot (Guatemala)



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