Hi! You've arrived at this coffee from the email blast. Hopefully this coffee is equally as of a blast. The thing is I bought an extra bag too many and need to move this. This in the history of royal mile has happened precisely 0 times and lets hope not again. I need to move it to make way for it's replacement. There are 50 bags of this available for online purchase so have at it. Deals like this never happen.
Taste notes when dark: The body on this coffee really sticks out. Super thick. I get a lot of black pepper that tends to override the smokey tones which are present. This is a dark roast, I won't be shy about that. What's different compared to the darkness monster though? Darkness lack in "body" or mouthfeel when standing next to this coffee and showcases why so much of what those conglomerate roasters use are indonesian coffee's. They retain a lot of character even at a dark roast level.
As a light roast: retired
I haven't had a Java since the Taman Dardar we carried just prior to the rebranding in 2017, I believe and we took that to a medium roast level. I feel like this Java probably would benefit from development more so than the light. With that said I roast it light because I printed up all the labels and they said light so I am stuck into the roast. Further Java had a really problematic year with water and that led to a bit of a quaker heavy lot. I've found myself picking out beans and that rarely occurs in my sourcing. Am I selling this coffee or what? Truth be told I've been hesitant to add it to the website but it's sold fairly well at Wholesale so maybe it's a "me" thing I should just get over.
The fruit notes I got in the first roasts aren't there so to me the nectarine isn't exactly there anymore. What I'm getting is a bit more of a traditional indonesian coffee where there's a fair bit of the crispness left and those fruit notes turned into what I define as Forrest notes. Woods I can't quite place, a bit of murkiness to the cup where everything is a mishmash of flavor that reminds me a little bit of molasses minus any really sugary notes, and herbs. Not quite unlike lifting a bin of teas and smelling them all at once.
All in all it's an interesting coffee and not a normal one that makes it way into the lineup and maybe my adherence to basically buying what I like, which is still a rather wide swath, is the wrong approach. I do think taking this further in the roaster would have netted some better attributes and made for a better espresso. Ah, well, live and you learn!
P.S. I've discounted it online due to the above particulars.