I was very surprised to find that I have not already gone over my thoughts of Flores Green Dragon. Seriously? This is one of my favorite offerings that I have. It is one of those coffees that surprises you every time with such amazing notes. Each batch I’ve has been different, but just slightly.
I’ve always found that Flores Green Dragon had been best at a Full City roast, but something in my head screamed experiment time and I once again tried roasting this coffee at a lighter roast. The last batches I did at a lighter roast I can vaguely recall had been very bright and a little overpowering with the earthy and woody notes.
I would say that this batch was more a City + roast. Maybe even slightly darker.
After 3+ days resting I was surprised at what I found.
When brewing, a very pronounced blueberry note was detected. The blueberry note was something I have never smelt in this crop before, and yet there it was, filling the house with such sweetness.
Digging deep into the aroma I noticed a very earthy note. At first it was a little much, reminding me of a Sumatran coffee, but as the coffee started to cool the earthiness started to settle down.
Underneath the earthiness I found a chocolate note and some fruity and floral play going on. The fruitiness smells like blueberries.
The earthiness is the first thing to hit your tongue followed by a good amount of acidity. I expected this coffee to be a little brighter as a lighter roast which has been my reason for sticking with a darker roast, but this batch had the perfect amount of acidity.
A chocolate note starts to come out soon after the earthiness, lingering on your tongue well after each sip. The chocolate note leaves you with a nice sweetness that keeps you craving for more.
When the coffee cools the fruitiness starts to show itself along with a wonderful floral note, and hints of woodiness.
I found that this batch had a lot more to offer than any other batches of Flores Green Dragon I have roasted. I’m going to be experimenting more with this bean to adjust the roast level to see if I can get the blueberry note to come out again.
I’ve always loved this crop for its complexity. Each sip you take brings something new to the table as this coffee slowly changes into a beautiful cup.
You can try Flores Green Dragon by ordering it here.