Moderate sweetness, strong nutty roast character in light roasts, a bit earthy with aromatic wood. Savory character, blackberry at FC roast, dry finish. Moderate acidity, heavy body, unusual balance of minerally notes with traces of sweetness. City+ to FC.
Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold, what a name! It lends itself to a few bawdy jokes, but I will just leave that up to you ... Let's call it MNEB as they do in the trade, and what it actually means is that this is the top grade arabica coffee, the flagship category exported from India. It is the largest screen size (18+ screen), grown and prepared to the highest standards of the India Coffee Board. Mysore coffees are actually grown in the Karnataka state, districts of Mysore, Coorg, Biligiris and Shevaroys, in southern India. I was intrigued by the MNEB coffees after participating in an India cupping a while back, and tried to push some importers to bring in this high-grade coffee (we are not big enough to import a container of coffee ourselves!) The dry fragrance has a restrained balance; milk chocolate predominates, with nut additions (dry roast almond, hazelnut). The wet aroma at City+ roast has cinnamon spice and parchment notes, while FC roast has more pungent spice, black tea, and a peppery aspect. The cup is a great example of coffee that is not terribly sweet, with just moderate traces in the finish, but quite nice anyway. It has strong nutty roast character in the light roasts, minerally, with a hint of clean earth and aromatic wood. It has a more savory character than most coffees, but I also get blackberry at the FC roast level, and a dry, parchment-like finish. The acidity is quite moderate, the body quite substantial. It has some hints of Brazil flavor profile, perhaps in the mild acids, big body, and unusual balance of minerally notes with traces of sweetness.