The Bottom Line: Complex, creamy, sweet. This is an amazing coffee meant to be savored, especially on its own.
In the spirit of full disclosure: Since I must assume that each review is separate (meaning, while to me they are interrelated, they are not so for everyone or anyone else), there are sections of this review that are a type of boilerplate from previous reviews of coffee.
Coffee is a mainstay for me; however, if it comes in a can or a “brick” I avoid it; Id far rather deal with the fatigue and headache than face the taste and horrible aftertaste of this so-called coffee.
So I focus on the premium beans. Forty dollars for 5 pounds is well worth the expense for this entirely necessary part of my day and diet.
A quick primer. Coffee comes from essentially these places: Central America and the northern countries of South America, Hawaii, Middle Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and Indonesia and the Islands nearby. That’s basically it except from some local beans that are either hard or impossible to get.
Organic Mexican Chiapas from Coffee Bean Direct is the most complex coffee I have ever run against. One small mouthful changes flavors in a significant way about a dozen times.
It is a bold coffee but I don’t think it is too bold for most coffee drinkers—if your favorites are Blue Mountain or 100% Kona then you will likely find this too rich; everyone else, it is worth the cost.
Right out of the mug two things hit immediately: the sense of the coffee being thick like heavy cream and a strong sweetness. After this, the taste goes to bittersweet. If you have tried the 70-85% cocoa bars, then this will make sense. If you put a piece of that chocolate on your tongue and just let it melt, that sense both in thickness and the bittersweet flavor remain as a foundation for the rest of the flavor wall.
Next is the perfume flavor that hits early. That one aspect is the make or break for me because it can quickly be the most unpleasant flavor and can be the longest lasting. With the Chiapas the perfume is so subtle that it almost isn’t there but when it does appear it is kind of like an almost wilting rose (sorry for the triteness but I can’t think of a better way to describe it). Then come the nutty flavors that most American coffees have. It is mostly pecan but then it goes to brazil nut and then, oddly enough, to coconut. Just leave the tongue alone for a little while and notice that the tongue never gets bitter or silty and the creamy feeling also remains.
Coffee Bean Direct’s Mexican Chiapas is actually smooth enough that I would recommend it for someone who doesn’t typically like coffee. If there is a better coffee . . . well I don’t think I will run into one anytime soon.
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