This is going to be hard. I drank my entire mug of coffee already. Before I actually do the review I’m going to have to go make another.
You’ll be seeing a lot of Sweet Maria coffees reviewed here because I have a big selection of them, all green beans, and as it turns out my popcorn popper / coffee roaster does a wonderful job roasting them to exactly the darkness I like: deep rich brown with a gleam of oil, but not black.
If you have never tried coffee that has been roasted within a few days of you drinking it, my friends … you have never had coffee.
I’m serious. I am spoiled. And you know, I can see a future where you can buy green beans anywhere, and everyone has a home roaster. It makes sense, because green beans are less expensive, keep a long time without going stale, are easier than you’d think to roast, and taste 5000% better than something that’s been sitting on a store’s shelf for months or years.
Okay. End of sermon, beginning of review. I have a freshly brewed mug of this Cameroon Caplami Java in my hand. The beans were roasted yesterday afternoon.
There’s nothing outstanding or special about the smell. It smells like fresh coffee, which is good. But there is no hint to the surprise that awaits.
At first sip, this coffee is light and tangy, the taste crisp and crystalline. Then unexpectedly the flavor blooms like the swelling music of an orchestra — strings, wind instruments, brass, drums, all exploding into an intense and dramatic aria that makes you tingle and your head swim from pure joy. Then the flavor fades down in a comfortable warm hug, with nutty tones and a lingering tartness that feels cozy and relaxed.
I could drink this all day long.
If the Queen of England were visiting my house I’d proudly brew her a cup of it.
It’s that good.