So we drank it, I posted about it on Instagram and then got a message from Adam at Sterling Coffee Roasters offering to send me some of the new batch of Kela Kochore. yay!!!!! A quick exchange of information later and I had coffee in the mail.
It arrived and I was pretty excited. Had a chance to email with Adam a bit too. He's a nice guy. And he lifts. :-) Anyone who knows me, knows that I love weights and strength training. Running saved my life, but lifting gave it real satisfaction. I still like distance, but picking heavy things up makes me extra happy.
Anyway.... Got some coffee and as it turned out the timing was perfect. Angie was having a bad day, so I immediately brewed some up and took her a cup.
Now for an actual review of the coffee itself.
The aroma in the bag was strong and really addictive. I like the smell of coffee in general, but some are just better than others. This is one of those that just smells tasty.
The aroma in the cup was lightly floral - maybe jasmine. A brown sugar and honey sweetness with a hint of caramel or toffee.
The flavor was citrus bright mandarin oranges. I just drank a glass of water flavored with frozen mandarin oranges last night and the taste immediately made me flash to that. It was a sweet coffee with honey coming through, but a dark rich honey, not a super sweet bit o'honey kind of thing. I also picked up on a spicy flavor that I couldn't quite place. The sweetness and the spiciness both became more pronounced in the cooling cup.
This one paired very well with a goat cheese and dark greens salad. It also went well with some chicken salad and baked chicken. Surprisingly I also liked it with some smoked trout. Not so much with the broiled salmon though. Just didn't work there. I also didn't care for it with breakfast oatmeal, but with an omelette is was pretty good.
Mostly I drank it black, brewed in the Kalita Wave. It was excellent with my cold brew coffee milk though. (that one was made with the Deri)
I don't see this one on the website, but now that I've tried 3 of their coffees ( I had Blendo Stupendo too) , I can say that you are not likely to be disappointed with anything they send you.