Opening the bag, I smell of nutty aromas, sweet honey and hints of licorice/star anise. Sometimes I also smelled traces of cinnamon maybe. Grinding the beans brings out the aromas of the sweet honey and star anise. However I think I enjoyed more the whole bean version.
After making my latte, that first sip was amazing. Sugar and licorice flavors inter-mingled with milk chocolate. After the first sip coated the tongue, the second sip accented the star anise flavor a bit more. Although I didn’t drink it all in one long gulp, I thoroughly enjoyed that first cup so much that I immediately made a 2nd latte. And also finished that quickly too. I know I’m going to enjoy this coffee while it lasts.