I’ve enjoyed this coffee for a few days now using both my Bonavita drip coffee maker (our daily workhorse) and our French Press. The French Press brings out the flavors more than the drip does. It’s a nice smooth coffee with subtle chocolate notes, nuttiness and a nice body. Nothing that would “wow” you but I would enjoy buying again. I’ve never roasted or had any coffee from the Congo before so I can’t say how it compares to others. I’ve only roasted 3/4 of a pound but will roast it differently the next few roasts to see how it may drink differently. I’m happy to have purchased 5 pounds of it so I can play with different roasts and brewing it different ways too.
I hope my initial thoughts and impressions are helpful.
I don't normally write reviews - but thought to here as this one was definitely intriguing. I've been roasting for several years now - settling on a Nesco roaster (I know, not the best, goes a bit too fast but it's easy and can be consistent with a variac and timer), and wanted to say that this is one strange coffee. I usually roast up until first crack and start cooling as I like lighter city roasts, this one is more resilient so I add a minute and let it keep opening up a little bit. Let it sit for a day or so, then do full immersion roasting (press) for 4m. Immediately I'm met with VERY earthy aromas, almost zoo-like (pungent, not very pleasant), same with first sip. This one you MUST allow to cool down first, and that will wither off and then unlock other flavors. This one is just really hard to explain. Earthy, tobacco, leather, prune, caramel... I bet it would be a kick-ass americano or espresso. Give it a try, at least once! But I won't be coming back for this price.
As always a great transaction
I roasted the coffee myself.I roasted coffee once.Light roast.Brewed in V60.The taste is very balanced.Very sweet coffee.The taste of coffee has a little prunes, red berries, and much more delicious.I want to roast this coffee darker and taste it in espresso.Great coffee.
Roasted 90s and about 10F past end of first cracks. Not close enough to second crack temperatures to be considered full city, so I'd call it a drawn out city+. Rating this as I taste my first brew, which is a V60. First impression is that its flavor is just as close to a Central American or Colombian as an African coffee. The lime and cherry definitely come through when hot. Interestingly, those notes are like the actually pulp of the fruits, not the rind/skin. The impression that leaves is that it's a little more subtle, but also has more of a natural fruit complexity. All that said, I'm not getting any tropical fruit notes in my cup, which is ok considering all else that's in there. It's sweeter than I'd expected, even going so long into development as I did. It does have the body I would expect for that amount of development (ie on the heavier side of medium body). It's a little earthy but a little creamy, too. Combined with the mild fruitiness, this is why it reminds me more of an American coffee and less of an African. As it cools, a note of brown sugar really comes forward, with just a slight caramel hint behind it. I guess that's the browned butter note in the description? One cool thing, that lime note isn't really fading as it cools, which I expected to happen. I'm looking forward to drinking more of this one! As for other brewing methods? I could see this making a good immersion brew, especially as an Aeropress (a phenomenal Aeropress if your AP game is good!). A little darker and it's probably a great SO espresso. With the high sweetness it has, I think it'd work ok with pour overs that are more heavily filtered (like Chemex or Kalita), at least if the method used can draw out the sweetness; in that case, I'd expect sweet, buttery, and limey. Overall impression: the price is on the higher side, but it's one of those that's worth the extra bit, especially if it's actually fair pricing to the community.