I don’t know how long it’s been honestly that I’ve known about Blue Bottle Coffee, but more so, I don’t know why it took me so long to grab some of their coffee. Some days it can be overwhelming how many roasters are out there today. Though I wouldn’t call it a bad thing as the world needs good coffee. I am just happy that I finally got around to ordering some coffee and checking out this Oakland, California based roaster.
One thing I noticed about Blue Bottle is that they like to roast their coffee lighter than most roasters. I’ve been intrigued by lighter roasting as of lately and am excited to see what this coffee will bring to the table. They say their coffee is at its peak at upwards of 4-12 days old. Well, it’s now a week old so let’s see what this Ethiopia Kemgin has to offer.
24/363g • Grind beans on medium side or #22 on Virtuoso • Pour in enough water to saturate • Start timer and let bloom for 30 seconds • Pulse pour for 2:30 • Drain for 45 seconds • Total time: 3:45
Granted, I am still sick here but it is obvious I am tasting a nice fudge play upfront. It’s on the thicker side and carries a medium sweetness. Underneath there is some fruit notes striking a spark on my tongue. It isn’t until the cup begins to cool that this fruity play I am tasting develops more and begins to become more pronounced. It tastes like sweet peaches with a touch of tea in the finish. This coffee reminds me of a good peach iced tea and a side of brownies.
The cup gets a little sweeter as it cools down to more of a room temperature. The fudge brownie sweetness has now transformed into more of a sugar cane sweetness, but every once in awhile I taste some of that fudge brownie which is still in the cup and oh so delicious.
delicate peach, sugar cane, spice and tea notes with an iced-tea finish. ~ Blue Bottle Coffee
Quite impressed with how closely this coffee tastes to Blue Bottle’s tasting notes. At 7 days old this coffee is at its peak. Might even get even better in the next few days. Overall, loving the ligher roast on this. Especially when I don’t have to feel so guilty for letting a coffee hit upwards of 7 days old.
The price tag might be a turn off for some. At $12 for 150 grams it just might not be for you, but if you hurry you can still grab this small lot coffee with free shipping through January. There is still a few days left to save a few bucks.
Info About This Coffee
Region: Chalalacktu, Borena, Oromia, Ethiopia
Altitude: 1800-2050 meters
Varietal: Heirloom Ethiopian cultivars
Cost: $12 for 150 grams
You can read more about this coffee and purchase here.