Amazing coffee! Flavor notes are very pronounced! Buying more!
This is a great anytime coffee. It’s got all the common notes of a good cup of coffee you want. Good chocolate notes, nutty, dried fruit. Good at a city+ to full city roast!
First, these beans were easy to roast. They roasted evenly and the chaff comes off really nicely. Loved that.
Second, I decided to compare the flavors of City+, Full City, and Full City+. All three roasts had the dried fruit notes, a dark/boldness always came through. Acidity was little to none.
Of the three roast levels, I think this bean tastes best at the Full City+ (it almost tastes like an imitation Sumatra). The City+ and Full city roasts left me wanting a more balanced flavor.
Finally, the coffee was good, but it didn't 'wow' me in a single origin form. I could see it being very useful in a blend, however, and would love to get some recommendations about that.
I wish we could give half stars! I REALLY want give this 5 stars, because it's a really good coffee! And yet, it's not the "best" bean I've had from Bodhi Leaf. This is a Red Bourbon variety, and I roasted this on the same day as another Bodhi Leaf Red Bourbon... the El Salvador Finca La Provencia (at $3.50/lb). I reviewed those beans and also gave them 4 stars. The problem, however, is that these beans are clearly a step above the El Salvador beans, yet I couldn't those beans just 3 stars, because they're better than "average". Thus, I've given both of them 4 stars. But I liked these more. They had less acidity and had a rich balanced flavor. I bought these for use as drip coffee, but these might even make good espresso. It's an excellent value, and will be a bean that I purchase again.
I also roasted and cupped this bean against the Sumatra Mandheling beans from Bodhi Leaf, and we all preferred the Sumatra to these beans. The Sumatra beans were more intense and will undoubtedly make better espresso... but the the Sumatra is also about $2/lb more expensive. Still, it's an excellent bean at an excellent price!
Nicaragua Red Bourbon Natural - Green