I was recently gifted a bag of Market Lane Coffee coffee beans from Australia. The bag was a Seasonal Espresso which is a blend of 90% Guatemalan and 10% Ethiopian beans.
I’ve never a blend before. Upon opening the bag, I was greeted with a wonderful earthy and berry aroma. There is a faint cocoa aroma intermingling in that aroma. Grinding the beans releases the cocoa aroma even more. Interestingly enough, the berry aroma also becomes a much more dominant aroma than before. I had high expectation for this blend. But after making the latte, I was a little disappointed.
Tasting the latte, I get strong chocolate milk, blueberry and cherry flavors — exactly as it says in the bag. I was surprised by the accuracy of the taste. But I think because of how strong the cocoa and berry aroma was, I was expecting a much stronger/flavorful cocoa and berry taste. What I ultimately tasted were very subdued flavors where none of the flavors overpowered any of the others. Perhaps this was purposely done by the roaster?
Don’t get me wrong… although I was disappointed by such subdued flavors, I was happy to try beans roasted from another continent. It could just how the Australians love their coffee.