Friday, June 12, 2020

Black Acres Coffee Midnight Train in REDUX Review "An Army Issue Wool Blanket"

“Have you Kaplowitz’d to-day?”

Black Acres
Midnight Train

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

BREW METHOD: Moka Pot
INTENSITY: Medium-Full

WEBSITE: www.blackacrescoffee.com

The reasoning behind this redux is a switch from French Press to Moka Pot brewing. The original FP review can be read at: https://bit.ly/3cU1l4W This 2d will not reference that 1t. You should read it anyway. It is superbly written.

NOTES:
Molasses | Dark grains | Leather

Sweet & savory like sweet &/or savory was(were?) going outta style. Molasses on its own & also within a cakey dense pumpernickel bread. Caramel rides up from middlings, bolstering leather & oils. There is an immediate raw oak that happens up-top & slowly sinks to middlings, toasts a tick & structures there quite well. A bit mossy, say.

Rest of middlings are kind accompaniments to a bulging earthiness of potting soil & compost. Namely and rather simply cocoa & some dusty pantry spices w/ far-off black peppercorn kicker. Finishes bittersweet, weighty & robustly at first, then drops off the table just as it looks to fully unfurl. All told, moderately-legged. Bit of a go-figure there. The cooling cup does yield some nifty purple fruit juices.

Aroma shows a tart cherry lead, then vegetal woods, barnyard. Interestingly, that nose is also the underbelly. All told, an intermediate sort of cup -- neither dazzling nor common. Average complexities, a hair less than that re nuance. Not terribly balanced but it's toward pleasant unless you prefer citrusy or brighter/crisper takes. A dependable thing, stoic if not sturdy. Why an army issue wool blanket popped into my head just now, I don't know. Olive drab?

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

::: very :::