Review #26: Baobab Coffee Roasters
Name of Roaster: Baobab Coffee Roasters Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Celbridge, Kildare, Ireland Name of Roast: Brazil - Sitio Sao Jose Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Amauri Dias de Castro, Jesuânia, Minas Gerais, Brazil Price: €11 (250g) / $13.50 (8.82 oz) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Fourteen Days Aroma: Opening the bag, we noted fresh baked, crispy chocolate chip cookie, toasted marshmallow, graham, and ganache. On the grind, the scents were brighter, with hints of cinnamon and red berry jam appearing on top of a lesser scent of chocolate cake. On the pour, honey prevailed, with dark chocolate and a slight herbaceous quality also present.
Flavor Profile: The coffee was full-bodied and had a mid-palate entry, slowly making its way from the front to the back over the tongue. Viscous and rich, deep chocolate notes pervade on the sip and coat the entire tongue. A slight bitterness of dark chocolate and cocoa powder was found on the finish. On the sides one finds the acidity, but it fades quickly, while on the tip of the tongue one gets the cocoa powder again. Aromatics were noted of more rich dark chocolate. Secondary notes after chocolate on the taste include a bright undercurrent of currant or plum. Lightness on the edges is a sharp berry, but largely what we have here is chocolate. As the coffee cools, the acidity is more prevalent, but it is tempered by the dark chocolate. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This was a very well-balanced cup that we would recommend to anyone seeking a chocolate-forward coffee. The flavor profile lends itself to sweet breakfast items showcasing berry. We look forward to trying this coffee with a scone or toast with butter and red fruit jam. Also, we imagine the chocolate would be even more prevalent in an AeroPress.
Note: If you’re short on time during a visit to Ireland and cannot make it to Baobab’s café in Celbridge, you can pick up a bag as we did at Clement & Pekoe in downtown Dublin. Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 7.9 Where to Buy: Baobab Coffee Roasters Looking to do a review of your own? Hop over to the Community and get to it!