Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Mugged: El Salvador Orange Bourbon [Klatch]

Subject: Klatch Coffee
Mugged: El Salvador Orange Bourbon
Rating [see key]: 5+

Continuing from my prior post of Klatch's Kenya Kagumoini are my thoughts on the second coffee sent out, their El Salvador Orange Bourbon. The name constitutes the coffee's original origin off Madagascar (present-day Reunion, onced named Bourbon) and also for this coffee cherry's orange color (you can read more up on Bourbon's here). Designated as a single origin espresso, I was curious to see if the tasting notes on the bag rang true for my infusions that consisted of a pourover, french press and siphon.

The pourover produced a cup with surprisingly little fruit but instead a cup brimming with honey, wheat, granulated sugar, caramel and nougat, all within a smooth and sweet body with practically no bite. Bright but in a surprisingly dessert-ish way.

The french press delivered much more of a complex cup, full of notes of sassafras, wheat, nougat, orange and the tiniest touch of cayenne pepper and sage on the end. A deeper coffee with pleasant range of flavors.

The siphon continued with a complexity and body similar to the french press. The cup sang of Corn Pops, birch beer, raisins, walnuts and caramel, standing as the brightest of the three infusions.

While I was a big fan of the coffee, I really was surprised I didn't uncover nearly as much juice as Klatch and others had spoken of. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a great bourbon coffee, hopefully Klatch will bring back the Orange Bourbon next season.

note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.

1 comment:

The Patent Box said...

The thing about coffee tasting is that I'd want to taste it without knowing the name! I'm overly sensitive and too skewed in my perception of tastes by the coffee's name, so if you gave me a steaming cup of this and said "this is Orange Bourbon" I'd be totally thrown off when I took a sip, for the life of me expecting the taste of orange and bourbon, even if the rational side of protested against that!