Adams and Russell China AA Washed Arabica Coffee

Adams and Russell China AA Washed Arabica CoffeeNot renowned for it's coffee, we were a bit nervous with this one. It even comes from a tea producing region of China. Maybe these are just counterfeit tea leaves? The beans, it has to be said, look horrific. They are small, beige and dusty. They look like little bits of old chocolate that have gone white with age as they've been left in the corner shop window too long. There's no great smell when you make it either - you're just dealing with some plain, brown powder that could be anything. But in the cup it's actually ok. It won't set the world alight, but it does the job quite nicely. It's a niche coffee really - it's uniqueness is merely that is is Chinese - which actually is more uniqueness than some of the bland shite we've tasted. The nuttyness is there though - my first thought was chocolate, then chicory, then hazelnuts. None of which should be in my coffee, they should be in a box of Thorntons. 7/10 from Judge Nooge.

What the Manufacturer's say: 

"Coffee was brought to China in the 1890s by French priests and the coffee is now grown in the Yunnan Province at altitudes up to 2500 metres. It has a smooth flavour, elegant and well balanced with a caramel, nutty aftertaste."

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We moved onto this one following the Deathwish, and you would be hard pressed to find two more different coffees. Soft & creamy, delicate flavours with a funky, but not over powering, after taste. A little similar to the coffees that come laden with chicory, but this brew has far more going for it. nice as a novelty, wouldn't drink it everyday, but then again I don't think I could limit myself to any one variety everyday, so that shouldn't be much of a negative. Can't give this any less than a 7, neither can I give it much more, as for me, it was a little sweet...
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Are all my other Arabicas dirty? Or are the Chinese a bit OCD? One must be true. I got home ready for something a little nicer than that Austrian crap from last night and I settled for this as it said Arabica 100% and I love the Chinese culture. Fireworks, Ice Cream and a low tolerance for alcohol. I should of been Chinese. Anyway the coffee was a bit of weedy offering that was very pleasant to sip and my brother also enjoyed his. It was lacking in any flavour though that I could ascertain. Just a generally warm weedy cup of coffee that wouldn't offend any one in any way. I'm plumping for a 6/10 cause it just doesn't float my boat. The after grind smell led me to believe it would taste stronger than it did, I reckon if you spoon it up an extra notch it could be a coffee to suit a wide range of folk. Which is handy as there are a lot of folk in China. 6/10