There is lots of holiday goodness here. This is a wonderful and special coffee. This batch was roasted on I am guessing the 13th (correct me if I am wrong there Jason), and Inner Bean got it on the 14th, not sure if they could have gotten it out the same day. Either way, well within the freshness window. How can you tell? BLOOMIN Coffee! Yep, blooms. When your coffee is fresh and you pour a bit of the heated water in the coffee bubbles up, it erupts, looks like coffee lava boiling up. So, I let it form a crust and then break that down with pouring in the rest of the water. I really let the water pour in rapidly so I get a full immersion. Yep, Clever Bloomin Dripper!
Light acidity, light body, balanced that way, a little fruity, not over done, smoothness. Swishing it around I get a really good feel on the tongue. The coffee has good mouthfeel the caramel notes do come through for me almost as an aftertaste. Lots going on in this coffee. I find myself drinking it moving it around trying to hit all the tastebuds. This is rather pleasant coffee. It doesn’t leave you regretting it. It’s a medium roast so there is no ashy aftertaste common to darker roasts. I want to chew it.
This coffee left me with different flavors from different cups of it. I honed in on my grind to a fine grind, using 30 or 35 grams of coffee to 350 grams of water. This coffee leaves you with a pleasant taste. I had eight cups of it over this weekend. I did not want to leave any stone unturned. Punish me you know?
What I figured out, was that the more coarse grind did not seem to extract enough. It was a bit watery tasting. I had let it steep for four minutes total, that includes drip time. Including the drip time in the four minutes was an experiment this weekend too. Normally I let it steep for four minutes then setting it to drip. Not sure if that really has a big effect, I will try that out tonight.
Overall this was an excellent cup of coffee. I really enjoyed look forward to drinking more of it. I might take a bit of bashing at work for not bringing it in but I refuse to put that coffee in the Bunn. The aroma of the coffee however did have several of them salivating and standing near my office asking why I wasn’t making any. So have yourself a merry little Christmas and give yourself a coffee present.
Merry Christmas everyone.