Overall, this is a nice coffee. It's nothing spectacular, but I feel It's better than the average SO coffees out there. I roasted to a city+ (about 2 min past start of 1C on my Freshroast 540). The coffee is very easy to roast. It takes high heat very well. The flavor is nice. I don't get any earthy tones as some have mentioned. The browned butter comes through in the body. It's not rich and syrupy like a Brazil but also not light like a floral African. It's more middle of the road. There is nice, subtle hint of fruit akin to a fruity lemonade, like the descriptor says. It makes an enjoyable cup of coffee but can't say it's worth the $10+ price tag. I recommend buying a pound or two if you've never had a Congo. It's worth it once but not a coffee I would consistently return to for that orice. There are plenty central American washed and honey process listing that are cheaper and would score better, with similar tasting notes.
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.