Not to be confused with Burley tobacco – that’s for pipes or roll-your-own cigarettes, neither of which I encourage. Though I do have a healthy respect for pipes.
I discovered that I had run out of Stone Creek’s Dark Guatemala yesterday and decided to go to Alterra instead. As I stood in line, I started reading the coffee guide they had hanging there. I decided I wanted a blend this time. And I decided that I wanted something with almost no acid. That got me Alterra’s Favorite, Black & Tan, Blue Heeler, Café Voltaire, George’s Burly Blend, or Punch in the Face. It was a hard decision as those are my favorite coffees. It finally came down to Alterra’s Favorite, George’s Burly Blend, or Punch in the Face. I looked at the bag pictures and picked the one that I liked best: George’s Burly Blend.
It pours dark as midnight from the pot with a very nice medium-dark roast coffee aroma with maybe hints of old leather. The first sip is of light to medium roast coffee with a hint of bittersweet raspberry and a medium-heavy body. The mid-taste continues the coffee flavors but stars to lose the fruit notes. The rear taste strengthens the coffee flavor and returns a hint of the old leather flavor. The aftertaste is of fine English tobacco and butter cookies.
This coffee is quite burly in flavor. If you’re looking for a good all-day cup, this is it. Its pleasant aroma, robust flavor, and moderate body will keep you going without knocking you over. I highly recommend this coffee for anyone looking for something less pedestrian than Dunkin Donuts but not ready for something so ruthlessly ballsy as Punch in the Face.