To get up to speed on Johnny Milton and his BODY (Barista On Duty) coffee I suggest you read the first review. Â Consider Â this an Addendum to that pieces as Johnny sent in some new pieces to try out.
The Contestants this time where EthiopianYirgacheffe, and Ethiopian Limu
Packaging. Â Johnny Â uses canning jars, hand Â labeled Â like all of this coffee is hand roasted. The jars do a fantastic job sealing in the aroma and need to be degassed upon Â receiving Â them. This allows the carbon dioxide Â off-gassed Â by fresh roasted coffee to Â escape Â and prevent it from Â flattening Â the taste of Â the beans. This also lets you know that you are drinking very fresh coffee. Coffee only off gasses strongly for 48 – 72 hours after being roasted.
- Smell: Very full bodied and strong
- Taste: Chocolate notes on the front end, a round finish. Rich tastes and had a bit of sweetness.
- Mouthfeel: Smooth, well rounded Â which ended a bit too soon. There was almost no back-end to this cup.
- Roasted a bit darker than last time, but small variations are to be expected in artisan pan roasting. The dark roast suited these beans better
- Smell: Strong clean smell.
- Taste: Light fruit notes cherry and dates.
- Mouthfeel: Very crisp taste, clean. No aftertaste to speak of.
- I think a darker roast on the Limu might make the difference here.
I’m not too much of a fan of the limu coffee when compared to the Yirgacheffe. Both are good Â coffee separately when when compared I think the full body of the Yirgacheffe Â allows it to stand on its own as a Â truly Â great coffee.
Artisan roasting is just that an Art. People need to realize that there is a huge difference between coffee roasted by hand over coffee roasted in a giant commercial machine. Both can be good. But Â Johnny Â has found a way to turn the smaller batch method into a very enjoyable Â experience.
There are three different price points. 15 dollars per pot, 30 dollars for a set of 4 samples and 35 for a set of three one pot jars. These prices are above what you would pay specialty coffee normally, but artisan roasting is different from normal Â specialty Â coffee.
All in all if you enjoy good coffee these prices are still well below getting your fix at a coffee house.
As with any tasting these these flavors are subjective, my tastes will differ from yours. Thanks Johnny for giving me a second chance to try your art.
*Full Disclosure Johnny Sent me this coffee at no cost for review purposes.
Check out the Slideshow or Flickr for Â the rest of the photos of this tasting.