And it was not like other Mexicans I've had. I've had a few that were bad, but mostly they just were not memorable. Just light coffee. I shared some of this with Sarah (@mommyinpieces) I think she described it well when she called it BBB. Big, Bold & Beautiful. This isn't a shrinking violet of a coffee that won't remembered once the cup has been washed.
As before, the shipping was fast and the coffee was fresh. I like the flat rate shipping as well. As I'm shopping I can keep a mental tally of what the final total will be. The people behind Bespoken are great and you can shop online or in person if you're in or near Corvallis, OR. Their shop is called Tried & True and you'll find it downtown.
the packaging is simple but creative. I like that each coffee has a unique label that fits in to the overall theme. They've gotten some great photos for the website as well. Getting the perfect photo can be a challenge and I'm impressed with how well they captured the coffees in an art way, not a advertising way.
The coffee itself had an enticing aroma that just made you want to smell the bag. As anyone near me discovered. I'm awful about shoving things in people's faces and saying "here, smell this!" I have a pretty tolerant husband. The aroma got more intense after grinding. It's one of the perfume coffees. Those are ones that I wish I could find a way to turn into perfume. I've tried, but so far I've also failed. i probably should actually research how to make perfume, but the last thing i need is another hobby.
I brewed this one in the wave, V60 and aeropress. Most often V60 - because the filters are on top. ( I store my filters in a box that protects them from absorbing odors and moisture from the air.) The aroma in the brew was sweet like heavy honey, the kind with the comb in it. My friends Bob & Liz are beekeepers and I love the way their honey smells. I got that, a floral scent I couldn't place and a warm coffee scent. That's not actually as common and you might think. sometimes things smell like coffee, but often they smell like other things. This time I got both.
Used my normal 15:1 ratio.
The first sips showed that this was not going to be the reliable but forgettable Mexicans of my past. It was bold and strong with an acidity that kind of like what you find in cranberry juice. Not pure cranberry juice. That stuff can give war heads a run for their money. No, the kind you drink that's cut with apple or grape juice. I would compare this to cranberry juice or maybe cherry juice. Not a citrus acidity. There was a nuttiness to it and the sweetness was honey sweet, not cane sugar or fruit sugars. The nuttiness was more peanut than almond or hazelnut. I wouldn't describe it as a peanut butter cup unless you've had homemade ones. I like the commerical ones because I like junk food, but the ones you make at home are so so so much better. This coffee had that kind of taste. Like a good fresh peanut butter made with some honey and a quality chocolate. There was some cocoa to the taste, but it wasn't overwhelming. Then you had a glass of cranberry juice while eating said peanut butter cup and the whole thing just went perfectly together. I don't know if it would, but it does in the coffee.
For anyone who has only had cheap store brand coffee, all of this may sound a bit odd. Try some of the good stuff. It won't be long before you've put down the creamer stuff and started to notice all the tastes found in coffee. There are a LOT of them. Some are subtle. Some smack you upside the head and say here I am. Coffee is fascinating in how diverse the tastes are. Every little part makes a difference in the cup. Where is is grown, how the beans are removed from the cherry, how it's stored for transport, how it's roasted and how it's brewed. It even changes from day to day as the gasses leave the roasted beans. I love how all the little parts come together to make a good cup of coffee.
If you want to give this one a try, it's available on the Bespoken website. You can follow Bespoken Coffee on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.
The website is www.bespokencoffeeroasters.com _