Ever Eat A Coffee Cherry?

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Ever Eat A Coffee Cherry?

Postby PureArabica on Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:56 am

Just wanted to know if anyone has ever tasted a ripe coffee cherry off the vine?

And if so, what did it taste like?
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Postby Alistair Durie on Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:04 pm

slightly tart, like melon rind. mucusy texture. quite refreshing. very romantic.
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Postby PureArabica on Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:33 pm

Sounds weird.
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Postby Alistair Durie on Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:29 pm

ya if you describe sex to a virgin it sounds pretty weird. not designed for words.
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Postby xristrettox on Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:05 pm

alistair wrote:ya if you describe sex to a virgin it sounds pretty weird. not designed for words.


.....but that sounds icky.
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Postby nick on Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:28 pm

alistair wrote:ya if you describe sex to a virgin it sounds pretty weird. not designed for words.

Big difference. You can't umm, eat... umm... your own cherries instead of...
nevermind.
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Postby Peter G on Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:58 pm

I think coffee cherry fruit tastes very much like watermelon, with a slight jasmine overtone.

I love them, I usually eat myself sick when I am walking thorough a field of ripe cherries.

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Postby Chris Davidson on Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:36 pm

I must be off 'cause I get Cash 'n Carry Corn Syrup, normally very little juicy-ness or fruit flavor. It's funny 'cause you'd expect to get a bit 'gush of fruit juice when you bite in by looking at the big red cherry, but it's always a shallow bite-to-hard-seed, then a very clean low-acid sugar, then a tart tannic-acid when you chew the pulp. For me... Only in Latin America...
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Postby Alistair Durie on Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:30 am

i'm a coffee cherry eatin amatuer compared to you two

the skin i thought was a touch tart, but the description of light watermelon / corn syrup i think is bang on. super clean, all the flavour is in the bean!

we don't want to give it all away - go experience for yourself!
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Postby trish on Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:11 am

the yellow ones taste more like honey than corn syrup...

the other ones taste just like chicken
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Postby Jimmy Oneschuk on Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:57 am

how might one import some coffee cherries... and coffee... blossoms...(?)
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Postby K.C. O'Keefe on Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:24 pm

coffee cherries yum! I squeez them so the seeds with the meat pop into my mouth. Honey, peachy . . .

Dr. Mario Seracin in Panama had us pick the cherries of different varieties and taste the differences . . . geisha had a distinct peachy papaya with that perfumey finish. Convinced me how much varietals do have a difference.

In Bolivia they produce a dried coffee cherry tea called Sultana. Instead of composting the cherry skins they sun dry them and then lightly toast um up. A cup of loose cherry skins + 1 stick of cinamon + boiling H20 . . . coffee cherry tea. It is called the poor man's coffee, and the coffee of the Army.

Super bright cherry skins, plum tones and rasin aromas. We mixed some in a french press with an early harvest low grown peru and shabaz!! It turned into a high grown with lemon and plum added into the cup.

Coffee Cherry Tea anyone?
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Postby Jimmy Oneschuk on Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:22 pm

kc, that's truly awesome... I need to go to origin!!!
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Postby barry on Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:19 pm

kc wrote:In Bolivia they produce a dried coffee cherry tea called Sultana. Instead of composting the cherry skins they sun dry them and then lightly toast um up.



it sounds like "qishr" from yemen, allegedly the <i>original</i> coffee beverage.
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Postby James Hoffmann on Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:35 am

The thing I find frustrating about qishr is how wildly reported recipes seem to vary - from a dried pulp infusion to a parchment tea.
The only thing uniform in them seems to be the addition of a lot of sugar and ginger.
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Postby Munali on Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:37 am

Cherry's are quite mild tasting so the beans are definately where the taste is. Monkeys like them though, get quite a cafeine boost from them:)

We tried doing coffee berry jam, it was quite refreshing, but the skin is tough and need lots of chopping so we haven't got around to try again.
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Postby Tim Dominick on Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:22 am

I liken the flavor to very sweet, peak of harvest beets and plums. Sweet, but not too sweet with just a hint of tannin in the skin.

Peter, just like you I have eaten myself into a case of the cherry trots, then again I do the same thing when our Italian prune plums ripen in the garden.
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Postby Andy Schecter on Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:36 pm

Peter G wrote:I think coffee cherry fruit tastes very much like watermelon, with a slight jasmine overtone.

I love them, I usually eat myself sick when I am walking thorough a field of ripe cherries.


Peter, you could turn your love for eating coffee cherries into a profitable sideline. Due to its extreme rarity, Kopi Giuliano could go for an even higher price than Kopi Luwak.
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Postby Richard Hartnell on Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:39 pm

AndyS wrote:
Peter G wrote:I think coffee cherry fruit tastes very much like watermelon, with a slight jasmine overtone.

I love them, I usually eat myself sick when I am walking thorough a field of ripe cherries.


Peter, you could turn your love for eating coffee cherries into a profitable sideline. Due to its extreme rarity, Kopi Giuliano could go for an even higher price than Kopi Luwak.


I was wondering when someone was going to make the necessary Kopi Luwak reference in this thread. I'm pretty amazed it lasted this long without one.
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cherries have different flavors

Postby sweetmarias on Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:43 pm

like kc mentions, I think certain cultivars have very distinct coffee chery flavors. this is true for gesha, definitely, but also imho for pacamara. yellow cultivars are different too, and i think the skins seem thinner on at least the yellow bourbon and caturra. i grow a lot of cultivars too but i think the cherry flavor is altered by the fact that this is the bay area, and my cherries take like 9 months to ripen.

btw: there are a lot of fly larvae in cherries that are the rebusco, ie have been on the tree a long time, past harvesting, a bit out of season. also, i would point out that broca-infested cherry has a distinct shit flavor, as i found out in colombia.

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Re: cherries have different flavors

Postby Jim Saborio on Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:16 pm

sweetmarias wrote:broca-infested cherry has a distinct shit flavor


...known for his colorful descriptions.
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Postby Robert Goble on Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:34 pm

How about Jam? Anyone make jam from coffee cherries?
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