At Full City, berry tones start to unfold and a persistent bittering cacao flavor is highlighted by notes of dehydrated blueberry and cranberry, as well as a dark citrus accent. Best with resting 48-72 hours. Full City to Full City+.
|Processing||Wet Processed and Dry Processed|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||All 2018 Arrivals|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Cultivars|
|Appearance||.7 d/300gr, 15+ screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ will yield a bright shot while Full City rounds off some of the edge and is much more dark chocolate roast tones and berry accent notes|
|Type||Sweet Maria's Blends|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
We're reviving "Ethiopiques 2.0", a mix of wet and dry processed Ethiopias that melds acidity 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 to a more than moderate level of cocoa roast tone that comes with deeper roast development. 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. Big chocolate roast tones, dark berry fruit, and citrus allusions - version 2.0 is a complex espresso to say the least.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'm going with Full City as the recommended roast level for this blend, where a nice mixture of bittersweetness is paired with berry and softer citrus flavor hints. It's also partly a function of finding roast equalization between the differently processed beans. I also enjoyed this blend at City+, but you're in for screaming citrus acidity at this level, which I realize isn't for everybody. At Full City, berry tones start to really unfold due in part to the dry process ingredient, and a persistent bittering cacao flavor is highlighted by accent notes of dehydrated blueberry and cranberry. Full City+ (FC+) roasting takes some of the edge of the dark fruit flavors, but berry notes still manage to leave a subtle impression amidst bittering smokey chocolate roast tones. The finish is on the acrid side for my taste at FC+, but I can see it being the ideal roast level for milk drinks as it's the least fruited. 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.