i tasted a truly incredible origin espresso today!
Terry up at Doma sent me an organic Harrar that is seriously fantastic.
i've always like Harar, but have thought it wasn't all that suited for general espresso usage. it's seemed like it is a little too "idiosyncratic" and not quite general purpose enough to me. the acidity, the thin body, the "one note" berry flavour... it's always resulted in a verdict of "interesting but not great."
this one changed my mind.
it had all the usual incredible blueberry tones, but was far more balanced than what i'm used to with Harar espresso. it poured a gorgeous colour with decent, though not persistent, crema that was a bit lacking in the red-tones. the aroma was dominated, of course, by blueberry, but there were also lovely hints of powdered chocolate and dried apricot. as a straight shot it was incredibly sweet, with a lovely maple-sugar/honey tone that balanced the acidic blueberry high-tones. the apricot turns lush and soft in the finish and the body is suprisingly full, with a syrup/honey coating effect. in short milk drinks this held up surprisingly well - the blueberry turning even sweeter and becoming more generic "berry" in flavour while remaining blueberry in aroma and a nice milk chocolate sweetness emerging in the finish.
on another note...
i'm going to be working a guest shift tomorrow at Spellbinder. should be fun.
i'm liking the whole "guest shift" thing. keeps me on my toes, stops my skills from getting rusty and makes me remember why i love this business.
i'm going to be back in Portland next week. i'm pretty damn excited. i should get to taste some amazing coffee, drink some great espresso, see some good people... yummy!