Dancing Goat blend from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters

Very happy this week, to let you try the famous “Dancing Goat” blend all the way from Olympia, WA, in the USA as our espresso bean. Batdorf & Bronson sent us some whole bean samples over the weekend.

We are trying a few different sources for our espresso beans. We already tried Malongo and Carib Bean Coffee in Antigua, who sent some samples two weeks ago. There are a few more Batdorf samples to try but we will revert back to our Ethiopian medium roast from Malongo after this sample finishes.

The blend gets its name from the legend that a sheppard discovered his goats seemed to be dancing after eating ripe berries from a local bush. He then went on to discover coffee berries.

It’s a beautiful well balanced blend with a full body, strong finish and wonderful sweet and acidic tones at the start. The crema this produces is to dream for and I highly recommend smelling the tones of chocolate as you open the package. A nuttiness developed for a short while when letting the beans breath but I haven’t been able to detect it since.

Columbian Arabica Coffee

Our supplier was all out of the coffee from Ethiopia and Rwanda we have had recently so we are working with another great coffee bean:

Columbian coffee is well known for its rich full body taste and it shines as an all-around espresso and cappuccino coffee. We are just using it for the black coffees.

Again, let us know what you think of it and which you prefer, if any: Ethiopia Sidamo, Rwandan or Columbian coffee.

Ethiopian Arabica Beans from Sidamo Region

If you are a coffee lover and drink yours black and plentiful, then please do yourself a favor and come try our Ethiopian Sidamo arabica beans for all our black coffees. They are on trial this week and most of next week.

We have received 1 kg of beans from Malongo and are trying them out after having had arabica beans from Rwanda for a week or two. Time for a change. When this is used up, we will switch back to Rwandan beans and then make our final decision about our house selection for espresso beans.

These beans are super fruity and light, clear citrus flavors when you try it. That’s what they are known for. Still a strong finish and a medium to full body.

espresso beans in packageLet us know what you think and which one you prefer. You are the customer after all and while I have a favorite, I like both but for different occasions.

Yes I know the beans are old, close to expiration. I can tell, because the crispy fresh flavors are gone but I can still recognize the Sidamo lemony signature and that’s fine. We have fresh beans on order from Malongo but shipping takes a while.

Amazing African Arabica Beans

We are currently testing a soft medium roast Arabica bean from Rwanda, imported by Malongo. But we also have a sample of their Ethiopian coffee beans. The Sidamo region is a very well known coffee region and Africa sure has a few producing delicious coffee beans.

We are almost through the Rwanda supply, so next up is Ethiopia Sidamo, also a medium roast. From our initial tests, both have a nice high dose of acidity but the Rwanda bean has a bit fuller body where the Ethiopia bean has a longer finish. And then Sidamo region is known for its citrus flavors in coffee. So it’ll be exciting to see.if we can find a setting to do the beans justice.

Come on over and try our espresso!

New espresso beans coming soon

We’ve been working with a single kind of beans for both black and milk-based coffees since the opening. That is perfectly fine, but it is about to change. Most people who drink black coffees (espresso, americano or long black) will appreciate the new beans!

  • Black coffees benefit from the increased acidity and sweetness of a medium or even light (aka “blonde”) roast.
  • Milk-based coffees benefit from a darker roast (such as an “Italian” or “French” roast), because the warm milk softens and smoothens the strong bitter taste in these coffees.

While we haven’t made a choice yet, we’ve tried some samples of a Rwandan and Ethiopian roasted bean from Malongo and the results were very promising. Over the next month or so we will continue to try both beans for a longer time and see which one we prefer and which one our customers enjoy more.

So if you like an excellent espresso, please stop by our coffee shop inside Market Garden, Simpson Bay over the next few weeks and do let us know your opinion of our espresso! The barista on duty will be able to tell you which bean we are currently using.