Region: Tropic of Cancer
Type: A little of this, a little of that.
Year: 2013 - 2015
Let's get this out of the way first and foremost. No beans in this blend were actually swept up off the floor. Okay? Good.
That said, this blend was totally inspired by the end of day sweepings. It scary/sad how much cocoa gets dropped while packing, even when we are very careful (it doesn't go to wasite, I use it for my own in house tests). But it got me thinking.
This is the result. And I'll tell you the secret recipe.....equal parts of everything in stock at the time. The result? Read on...
There is vanilla in the nose. It is also fruited. Unsurprisingly it kind of defies description but we are kind of fruit heavy currently. It also have a rather rustic quality in both the nose and taste. There is a solid back bone of chocolate. There is also virtually everything else. Tropical fruit, leather, nut and spice. In lighter roasts the it is more fruit forward. Heavier roasts makes it heavier on the palate. Bitterness is a little more procounced as are the sharper dried fruit notes (think rum soaked fruitcake). Heavily floral notes in chocolate are pretty rare, and being a massive blend, this one is pretty well missing any.
Just roast it. Learn from it. You are going to be really hard pressed to mess it up. There is so much going on that if you roast it light, one set of flavors will come through. Medium will yeild yet another and heavier roasts will likewise sing it's own unique song. Me? I like it roasted right in the goldilock's zone. A couple pops, 15-16 minutes, brownie smell. Yum.