Hey guys! The girlfriend made me go to Trader Joe's with her today. I say made me because I know in stores like that that involve gourmet food at affordable prices and/or coffee, I'm sure to drop greenbacks. Well, I was in the coffee aisle and was looking at the Trader Joe's brands; the Sumatra, the Bay Blend, and I think some other dark roast. Looking at the cans, I figured it was just gonna be the same overly-acidic or burnt-tasting coffee that everyone and their mom makes nowadays (which I really hate...).
Anyway, Tracy came over to me and was all like, "GET DA BALI BLUE MOON!" "Huh?" lol. Granted, she really isn't a coffee drinker, but sometimes likes the girly drinks which is fine, because maybe some day, she'll want to come over to the dark side lol. So I looked at it and figured, "Eh, what've I got to lose? 6 bucks or so? That's a good day for me! If it had been a B&M, I usually end up dropping somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-50 bucks on stuff that I won't get around to smoking ever."
Now, as we all know, GREAT things and people come out of Indonesia, including but not limited to cigars and pipe tobacco produced and sold by Bob from Tamboloka, Ferry and Benji of Degiri, and now Yan from Sultan. I also know that the area is known for great coffee, but usually when it comes to store-bought, canned cheap stuff (cheap being <$10 a pound), it seems that there may be 1 or 2 beans in every 10 of the proclaimed origin, and the product is a much more watered down version of what one might acquire elsewhere at a boutique shop. This was a false presumption on this example!
I opened the lid, peeled back the foil seal, and WHOOF! Immediately I could smell that this coffee wasn't your everyday Dunkin Donuts or Starshmucks er bucks coffee! The smell was very fragrant and rich, and earthy; unique and exciting! Taking a look inside, these beans are VERY oily. I've never seen any coffee so oily (which isn't saying much since I'm a coffee noob).
Finally, I ground up about oh, IDK 5-6 tablespoons of coffee, took a whiff of it, again, noting the rich, woody, aromatic, and somewhat sweet smell of the stuff, and went about letting it steep in my press. 7ish minutes later, I had my serum ready to drink.
I want to start this off by saying I love dark-roasted, syrupy consistency, complex coffees, and prefer my coffee black unless it's a "dessert coffee", like a hazelnut flavored one when it tastes really good with cream and sugar... I digress... This coffee really made my night! Sipping in small palate-fulls, the coffee coats the mouth with a rich layer of flavors; berry high notes, a touch of earthiness (as stated on the can, not as much as a straight Sumatra blend, but there nonetheless), I was getting some caramel, as well as (as ridiculous as this might sound), a faint faint trail of coriander and/or anis through the nose. My dad described the flavor as "winey". I guess I could see that, but it's been so long since I've had any wine that I really don't know what it tastes like lol. Either way, it had a brightness to it but without the bite of acidity, and yet it also had the warmth and complexity of a dark-roasted Sumatran that I like.
If you guys are still reading this, definitely try a can if you have a Trader Joe's around; it's worth it. And as always, my disclaimer is that my palate is mine, and all of this may be total BS, but I was bored and in the mood to share some experience with my brothers and sisters here on Puff. Enjoy guys!