Dark berry tones start to really unfold beyond City+ - dehydrated blueberry and cranberry, blackberry juice, huckleberry tea, and coated in dark chocolate syrup. Full City to Full City+. Espresso.
What do you do when you accidentally use dry processed ingredients in a blend that calls for washed, and the resulting concoction is an impressive, if not wild espresso? If you're us, you don't let a good thing go to waste, and roll the new blend into production. And that's how we came to "Ethiopiques 2.0", a mix of wet and dry processed Ethiopias (2/3 to 1/3 respectively), that melds acidity and clean sweetness that comes with wet processing, with big body and fruit tones of the naturally processed counterpart. For those who appreciate both it's a match made in heaven, and I think you'll find the fruited tones to be quite complimentary. Mixing dry and wet process coffees before blending means equilibrium should be achieved in the drum, and I think is tricky to do when trying to roast light. I recommend making Full City your starting point, the bean mixture taking on a fairly even color tone, and where I think this blend really shows it's stuff - after all, this is an espresso blend. Dark fruits, big chocolate tones, citrus allusions - version 2.0 is a complex espresso to say the least.
From the outset, dried berry and cocoa tones permeate from the ground coffee, especially strong given the finer grind setting for espresso. I probably sound like a broken record, but I'm going with Full City as the recommended roast level for this blend. Partly a function of finding roast equalization between the differently processed beans. But also, dark berry tones start to really unfold in the dry process ingredient when roasting beyond City+, a real highlight to this cup. Dehydrated blueberry and cranberry, blackberry juice, huckleberry tea, are notes I picked up on in our espresso shots, fruited flavor attributes coated in dark chocolate syrup that peaks midway through. The chocolatey bittersweetness sort of fades away, leaving behind a mild fruitiness, and hop floral note to linger in the finish. Full City+ roasting takes some of the edge of the dark fruit flavors, but berry notes still manage to leave an impression amidst smokey chocolate bittersweetness. It's best if you can let your roast rest for at least 24 hours to off gas, but this blend might find it's peak closer to 48-72 hours rest.