Simple and balanced yet rich coffee and thick bodied. Sweet-toned and gently pungent in the cup with silky mouthful and limited but pleasing nuance. Hints of chocolate, banana and honey-like flavours. Notes of honey and, caramel with a balancing crisp pungency. Roasted nut notes in aroma with low-acid fruit notes like raisin and cherry, cocoa and dusk-floral notes in both cup and finish.
Yellow Bourbon gets its name from the colour of fruit in its mature stage a distinct difference from the usual cherry reds of every other coffee variety.
As a coffee variety, Yellow Bourbon has been cultivated in Brazil for nearly 90 years. A Yellow Bourbon tree can reach 2.8 meters in height, and has early ripeness.
Yellow Bourbon's low-medium yields and susceptibility to coffee leaf rust, means cultivation requires more attention and care than most coffee varieties. Yellow Bourbon usually expresses its quality potential when grown 1,000 meters or more above sea level, in places where the harvesting and post-harvesting processes are well-executed.
In 2017, in a Cup of Excellence competition, a Brazilian Yellow Bourbon reached 92.33 score in the pulped naturals category. The bags were sold for an incredible $126.00 USD per pound at auction, 100 times greater than the going price at the time.