Last year for the site I didn’t really do many holiday coffees. This year I wanted to change that, but once again I don’t think I’ll get around to too much of them. So, I figured I’d scan through the holiday coffees and just pick a few that I really want to try.
To start the holidays off right I had to let the first holiday coffee this year go to none other than Kuma Coffee. Mark has his first ever holiday coffee out and I’m more than ecstatic to give Bear Claus a try… And oh my what a perfect name for this blend.
Without further adue, I give you Bear Claus, a blend of Colombia Marianela and Colombia La Union.
Clever Coffee Dripper:
24/345g • Grind beans on coarse side or #24 on Virtuoso • Pour in 48g or enough water to saturate grounds • Start timer and bloom for 30 seconds • Pour remaining water in and steep for 2 minutes • Quick stir • Drain • Total time: 2:30
Bear Claus starts out with a nice hefty amount earthiness and spice blending together for an interesting introduction. Soon the transforms bringing out tart apples, strawberries, and a touch of chocolate. The transformation from earthy tones and spice, to tart apples, strawberries, and chocolate happens so fast you don’t know what hit you. It isn’t like the cup cooled down and you noticed those notes. The best way I can describe it is like eating a gobstopper. One minute it’s one flavor, and then the next another.
21-/345g • 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 30 seconds • Total time: 3:30
With the Kalita, the cup is much lighter in aroma and smell. The aroma doesn’t give off that heavy earthiness that the Clever does. In fact, the aroma smells more like apples spice and some very mild underlying earthy maybe even woody tones.
The taste starts off with some earthy dirt tones but quickly transforms into tart apples, a mix of caramel, and a slight lingering chocolate. As the cup cools I begin to notice some strawberries or some berry of the sort.
Holiday Blends always look so magical. After 5 years of offering almost entirely single origin coffees we decided to ring in the holidays with our first ever Holiday Blend. Featuring notes of Cinnamon, Sweet Citrus, & Rhubarb. ~ Kuma Coffee
I’ve been surprised by this coffee. I keep getting some earthy tones in the cup no matter what brew method I use. What surprises me is these earthy tones are coming from Colombian coffees that make up this blend. I am not complaining though. This holiday blend has this rustic, though warm and inviting feel to it.
I’m pretty sure that if it was colder out here in Florida, I’d love this blend even more.
Overall, a very decent, and quite yummy first holiday blend from Kuma Coffee.
Info About This Coffee
Altitude: 1600-1750 Meters
You can read more about this coffee and purchase here.