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.
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.