Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012, 4:52am Subject: Starbucks "Indivisible" Blend
Advertised as "Blonde Roast", blended, roasted and packaged in the United States. I decided to give it a try.
At almost $15/lb, it's pretty pricey.
Appearance was similar to my own roasts at FC (just a few seconds into 2nd crack). My impressions were an estimate blend of at least two coffees of slightly different size but similar density. Colors between the two were nearly indistinguishable. The smaller ones resemble Ethiopia.
Aroma of the dry grounds was pleasant, slightly floral, with a distinct roast aroma. Maybe a hint of apple or something sweet.
Wet grounds was a puff of nice overall notes reminiscent of Ethiopia Yirg coffees, and Tanzania coffees I've roasted in the past. A fleeting touch of lemon or grapefruit, some spiciness. Definitely a mix of African coffees, although I did second guess myself that it might have some Central American in it.
First sip, fleeting blue/blackberry, slightly tangy and acidic but not overly like the Centrals can be. My guess is a mix of Ethiopian and Tanzania. Little chocolate or cocoa, and a touch of black pepper. I would have preferred this be a lighter roast, but in all a pleasant surprise. I definitely wouldn't want this roasted any darker - lest it become normal *$s ashtray.
Finish was fairly clean, crisp and sharp, with only moderate bitterness/astringency. Body was light to medium-light. People used to the normal brooding heavy roast notes will hate this coffee, but IF you're used to experiencing lightly or moderately roasted (City+ to FC) Centrals or Africans that have preserved some of those varietal characters, then I think you would be pleasantly surprised.
Not feeling the value, tho. At $9-$10/lb, this would be a good value. Right now it's a bit spendy.
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