Batdorf & Bronson
ORIGIN: Kayanza, Burundi
VARIETAL: Red Bourbon
PROCESS: Natural & fully washed
BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
Chocolate | Merlot | Figs
Sits in the cup looking all B I G & brawny. Greasy. Semi-gloss sheen. Brick reddish around the rim. Smells of sweet composted earth. Wine. "Are we there yet?" That's a better audio joke. Sips big as it looks. Front-loaded. A punch in the mouth, say. Flavor country & you get there via space rocket. Merlot & oak barrels, figs, & center square of brownie --
-- all play well off of one-another & also have lovely individual depths. Secondaries are a p/lush earth -- a potting soil, rich. This is backed by baking spices & a tobacco vibe, a ligero leaf which is there on the long finish. A half-tick of salt meets it there with the chocolate, figs. Merlot is further up; gone by then. Hit & run. Underneath it all is more earthiness & a darkly vegetal umami triggering. Lip-smacking.
Juicy. Complex. Nuanced, each af. Hard-hitting & exciting. It's like a get in, get out bank heist. A first-round heavyweight KO. A real wham, bam, thank ya ma'am of a cuppa. Couple more things -- exquisite structure; it seemingly nonchalantly holds up a lot of weight against falling broadly on the tongue. Also, Batdorf & Bronson is serving up some of the very best coffees I've had of late. Kudos.
FINAL GRADE: A
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59
::: very :::