I’m currently subscribed to a roaster in my city called Imbibe’s coffee club. Every month they try to bring a couple interesting coffees to their subscribers’ cups, and in April they went all out with a coffee from award winning producer Ninety Plus in Panama. It was a more expensive month than usual, but I was keen to try my first competition standard coffee to see just how much different it is.

They call the coffee Drima Zede and it’s processed via the hot anaerobic process. Tasting notes were: dark chocolate, fig, and clove.

Imbibe roast their coffee club coffee on a Friday and then ship on the same day. With shipping delays over the weekend I usually get the coffee on Mondays. When I got the competition standard coffee on the Monday, I opened it right away and brewed in my AeroPress.

Initially, I’m not going to lie, I really didn’t like the taste. Any initial flavour was really strongly overpowered by an awful after taste and that’s all I could think about.

However, as the bag got more air to it after being open and released its built up carbon dioxide, I really started to enjoy it. This coffee really hammered home the need to sometimes let your coffee rest after roasting for a few days.

After a couple days it started to taste strongly like Turkish delight on initial sip, and then slowly transitioned through a marmalade-y flavour to something more savoury. It honestly went from one of my least favourite coffees that I have tasted to my favourite. It was very much an acquired taste. The mouth feel was incredibly silky, and it tasted amazing no matter how I made it (AeroPress, V60, Chemex, French Press). My favourite method was AeroPress, and tends to be overall for coffee for me.

Overall it was a complete mind fuck of an experience and one I would definitely love to do again, just maybe not every month.