The fruit of the Kimel Plantation, this time by Stone Creek.
I’ve long been a fan of Alterra’s Papua New Guinea Kimel single origin coffee. I noted that it makes very robust and bold espresso with bright, exciting flavors. Stone Creek has a bit of a different take on this venerable Oceanic coffee. Kimel grows a long list of coffee varietals but the most noteworthy is Blue Mountain.
The most famous growing region for this smooth and mellow varietal is Jamaica and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is known the world over as being the perfect cup for a relaxing evening. I definitely taste the mellowing influence of Blue Mountain in this robust, sweet, and buttery coffee.
The stream color is abit lighter (more orange) than Alterra’s New Guinea Kimel and the crema also has a lighter tan coloration in contrast to the mottled brown that Alterra’s gives. The long-lasting crema is very thick and heavy in both coffees. The heart is a beautiful tan and lasts for about 20-25 seconds.
The aroma is of buttered toast. The first sip gives excellent mellow coffee flavor. The mid taste really starts to sparkle. The rear taste delivers on the buttery promises of the aroma and the aftertaste combines all the flavors into a short-lived burst of coffee perfection.
The personality doesn’t change much from top to bottom. It’s fairly consistent and balanced throughout the shot.
I highly recommend this coffee to espresso drinkers looking for something a bit more even-keeled than traditional espresso blends.