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Country France   
Type Semi-Dark   (75%)
Strain Amelonado   (Amazon)
Source Ivory Coast   
Flavor Naked   
Style Rustic      
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Supposedly Ivory Coast produces low-grade bulk-beans, but this somehow has a horse's pride from pig’s ear. Unflinching with blinders on & digs in with just the slightest deviation, paying no heed to rest of the field... it blows most away. Think Secretariat at the Belmont Stakes or Foo Fighters in the LiveEarth parade.
Appearance   5 / 5
Color: dark enough to consume bats; light enough to see out the cave
Surface: spotless
Temper: silken gloss
Snap: sonar crunch, sandy edge
Aroma   7.3 / 10
straight up, neat: cocoa, coconut, & coffee
Mouthfeel   12.1 / 15
Texture: dry track
Melt: trots along
Flavor   43.7 / 50
mimes aroma so closely it never escapes its own shadow; very brief passing bitter -> a sweet honeyed moment -> late spice pinch (nutmeg) provides offset; otherwise rich, thick, loud & absorbing naked chocolate
Quality   17.9 / 20
Simple & straight-ahead; lacks supple elements (on account of genetics & longer/hotter roast) of, say, El Rosario (which could stand more muscle – in fact the 2 need each other in varying degrees, & together could make the greatest bar on earth). Proof-positive West African beans are best suited as foundations in blends. Nonetheless, gives Amazon strains, & Ivory Coast, a good name.

  

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