Alchemist's Chocolate Blend #3 - The Big O

Origin: Earth

Region: Tropic of Cancer
Type: A little of this, a little of that.

Certifications: 100% Certified Organic

Year: 2016 - 2018

Everybody deserves the Big O!

This blend has been in the back of my head for some time. In a way it is a variation on a theme of Floor sweeper. But instead of a ‘random’ mix of beans from everything in stock, it is actually a frighteningly painstaking blend that took me more tries than I expected to get right.

Generally speaking I am a fan of deep brooding chocolate. I like those low toned notes. But I wanted to get outside my comfort zone. So I went the other direct. Bright and snappy and fruity. But something I would still enjoy. There is jasmine and rose in the nose. It is also heavily fruited. There is a solid back bone of chocolate with bright highlights of passion fruit, papaya and clementine orange. But the acidity level is fully in balance with those flavors. There is a lively snappiness without being sharp.

So get it for yourself. Share it with your loved ones. Chocolate and the Big O. What goes better together? Yep, this is my first 100% “O”rganic blend – what did YOU think I was talking about? And maybe it really IS that good.

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 Goldilocks's zone. A couple pops, 15-16 minutes, brownie smell. Yum.

Oh, and yeah. This is exactly what I recommended for Floor Sweeper. Blends are kind of like that.

This Brewing cocoa works well in coffee brewers and actually mixed with coffee. Other brewing cocoas can have a tendency to muddy the flavor of coffee I have found, or worse, clog brewing filters or screens. Your mileage may vary, but I’ve found 1:1 ratio wonderful, and if you are just a little careful, so it does not overflow, even straight can work well.

Your tastes may vary but I recommend starting with the following proportions and times:

4 T/8 oz boiling water

Steep 5 minutes Press (assuming you are using a press pot - drip works ok too)

Enjoy straight, with milk (or cream) and/or sugar.