To get up to speed on Johnny Milton and his BODY (Barista On Duty) coffee I suggest you read the first review. Consider 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. Johnny uses canning jars, hand labeled like all of this coffee is hand roasted. The jars do a fantastic job sealing in the aroma and need to be degassed upon receiving them. This allows the carbon dioxide off-gassed by fresh roasted coffee to escape and prevent it from flattening the taste of 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 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 coffee separately when when compared I think the full body of the Yirgacheffe allows it to stand on its own as a truly 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 Johnny has found a way to turn the smaller batch method into a very enjoyable 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 specialty 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 the rest of the photos of this tasting.