Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Midnight Train in Review "& Some BBQ Digesting"

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Black Acres
Midnight Train

ORIGIN: Mexican, Brazilian, Kenyan
PROCESS: Washed & natural

BREW METHOD: French Press
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

NOTES:
Oak | Pumpernickel toast | Brown sugar

Oak is simple, charred-some & provides a rigid structure while retaining nice moisture. This allows for dark complexities & nuances alongside crisp delineations. Pumpernickel is heavy on molasses, toasted under a pat of butter. Brown sugar is caramelized well. High up undertones of stiff leather; hidey & with its under-side dripping slight oils into the profile's earthen nethers.

Additions to the middlings are a somewhat sporadic ebbing/flowing of baking spices & scant cocoa. A good bit of black peppercorn. Finishes with an interesting dried apple butter lilt on a bittersweet delivery. Moderately legged, there. So, complex, nuanced, well-balanced. A lone gripe is that each note is delivered quite similarly in a toasted manner. Makes it flirt w/ flat at times.

Balance extends to a nifty body/flavor ratio, particularly when a creme brulee comes on as the cup cools. Aroma is predominantly earthy; dark but not densely-so. Breathable, airy, but not vacant. A tick licorice. A smoky woodsy toasted cuppa that would pair well around a campfire w/ friends & some BBQ digesting. 

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

::: very :::