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.
I roasted these beans manually a minute and a half into first crack using my Behmor 1600+. It has a very unique and pleasant taste that sets it apart from central American, Columbian, and Ethiopian coffee. It has somewhat of a toffee/nutty flavor and is sweet. I can't quite put down the other flavors (vanilla?), but my wife and I like it. It's great as an iced pour-over (V60) and as espresso. I look forward to buying some more!
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