Sulawesi Bone Bone Kalaciri
The dry fragrance has a rustic, sorghum-syrup sweetness, along with a smell of fruit/nut bread. The latter aspect develops into a nice gingerbread scent in the wet grounds, with earthy, ‘Indo’ like traits in the background. The cup profile is fairly mild actually, muscovado sugar sweetness along with a flavor of brown bread. Tart berry and peet comes up as the cup cools, but are relative background noise in comparison to bittersweetness, base coffee characteristics. There’s some brightness too in the cup, a characteristic lacking in Indonesian coffees. At City+ and beyond it’s a bodied, brewed coffee, and darker roast levels work well for espresso – try adding a small amount to a base of Brazil for a fairly ‘classic’ espresso blend.
Kenya Kirinyaga Kiangoi AB
This AB lot of Kiangoi is very sweet cup The dry fragrance has a smell of butterscotch toffee, wild flowers, and citrus tea. The wet grounds have a basic sweetness of honey and brown sugar, along with baked pie filling fruits like peach. . This Kiangoi lot makes an impressive cup, fruited and full of clear, refined sugar sweetness. Flavors of dark grape juice, mulling spice, and mango come out in City roasts. The list grows as the cup cools, and are highlighted by a crisp, malic acidity, like apple juice. It’s a refreshing cup in the City/City+ roast range, and has so much ‘Kenya’ character in its complex nature. It has a nice vanilla bean-laced tea flavor too, which reverberate in the finish. Kiangoi offers a clean expression of fruit flavors, and retains a refreshing elegance in the way profile notes are seemingly highlighted, and easily discernible from one another. The body is relatively light and suits the cup flavors. It is a true ‘standout’ brewed coffee.
Glad to be done with the Guatemala – I never could get a roast I liked from that bean. Always missing that mellow, smooth taste. This Bali is much nicer although not quite a favorite.
Sweet Marias has this to say about this bean:
Bali Organic Kintamani Agung has an earthy sweetness to the profile, rustic sugars and tropical fruits. The dry fragrance has a palm sugar smell with dried tropical fruit. The wet aroma is much more straight forward, muscovado sugar and raisin, and the break gives off a slight tobacco in the steam. We did a few different roast levels of this coffee, and Full City produced the best balance of sugar and earth tones, and the cooled cup also has notes dried papaya and pipe tobacco. It’s a bit tricky to roast. like Sumatra, this coffee doesn’t fully darken, retaining an uneven, “mottled” color. You have to pay attention to roast smells, and most importantly how much time has passed after first snaps. A nice low acid, rustic, sweet Bali coffee.