The Wyoming Carmelites have a little dialogue to describe their December “Coffee of the Month”
Choir Monk: I can tell this coffee is a blend – the different sizes and colors of the beans tell me that there are a few different types of coffee in this roast.
Lay Monk: Yes, the African coffee is roasted a little lighter, and the South American coffee is darker. Br. Roaster made several roasts and combined them for this special blend.
Choir Monk: I must admit, I always look forward to our Christmas Blend – We’ll evaluate it in the usual categories: Aroma, Acidity, Aftertaste, Body/Mouthfeel, Complexity and Darkness.
Choir Monk: Here’s what I thought of the Christmas Blend:
Aroma: Complex – there was many notes – charred cedar, vanilla and stewed peaches.
Acidity: The acidity was roast-muted; the darker tones helped take the edge of the acidity, resulting in a mildly acidic coffee.
Aftertaste: Like the aroma, I thought aftertaste was complex, with hints of chocolate and lemon citrus.
Complexity: Very rich – vanilla, chocolate, and citrus tones were all evident to me.
Choir Monk: I thought the Christmas Blend was a veritable tapestry of flavors! What did you think, Lay Monk?
Lay Monk: I thought it was pretty good too! I observed many of the same things as you:
Aroma: Dark and sweet, smoky, chocolate notes.
Aftertaste: I thought the aftertaste was very good; rising chocolate tones with hints of grapefruit.
Body/Mouthfeel: I also thought the body was nice and full.
Complexity: The complexity was very good, hints of plum, grapefruit, chocolate and smoky wood.
Choir Monk: Every year, we put a lot of effort into our Christmas Blend, and this year’s Blend reflects the effort put into it – Rich, deep, bold and complex. I greatly enjoyed it!
Lay Monk: I really liked the Christmas Blend too! I found it very smooth and complex. Although it is much darker than our previous coffees offered, I didn’t find it bitter or pungent. The sweet notes carry through nicely into a fine aftertaste.
Choir Monk: Our final assessment:
Building on a Mystic Monk tradition, the Christmas Blend 2011 is an exquisitely crafted blend that draws out complex notes from coffees around the world, resulting in a tapestry of flavors, with chocolate, citrus fruit and charred cedar as the main threads. The sweet aftertaste lingers, finishing what is a sophisticated Christmas Blend for 2011.
Mystic Monk Coffee!