Info Details
Country Germany   
Type Semi-Dark   (72%; too 'bright' to be called 'Dark')
Strain Hybrid   
Source Grenada   
Flavor Twang   
Style Neo-Modern      
Harsh interrogation techniques under a bare white light (at least the bulb is frosted). But does that violate the Geneva Convention ban on torture?
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: another burnt-orange beauty but...
Surface: a little flakey w/ dust dander on her
Temper: matte
Snap: solid as timber, the way it's supposed to be
Aroma   7.6 / 10
exotic smoke fueled by balsam & nut woods (macadamia & chestnut) -> ground cocoa (incl forest floor) -> light whites like melon (honeydew); generally atypical for the origin... thoroughly roasted yet recessed too & gone are the fiery spices from this the Spice Isle
Mouthfeel   11.4 / 15
Texture: dry fine powder
Melt: thin but turns silky as water... just want to drink it
Flavor   38.9 / 50
sweet white sapote (taste of peach x banana) in short chocolate -> bartlett pear -> litchi -> loquat the citrus exciter -> acidity rising to pineapple, then rips toward white grapefruit, tight ginger underside & balsam + white cedar struggling to take root while chocolate fades -> sugar dissolves into pure ever-clear acids, nearing bright, harsh levels
Quality   15.7 / 20
A new release for Coppeneur - & it shows, having yet to get a handle on it. Beautiful front-side tilts severely imbalanced - way too top heavy; lacks sufficient structure underneath (too few tannins for support). The processing up to a certain level is adequate. A deeper roast could fractionally help to squelch brightness & bring out darker tones. Conche it any more would just further emaciate an already anorexic bean. CBS (cocoa mass/cacáo butter/sugar) of 3:5:3 may be a culprit (butter soothes the acid bath - to a degree - but, being of the softer variety, does too little for texture & nothing for tannic structure).

Sometimes it's just in the bean's gene &/or a given crop. For this cycle, the verdict is it doesn't win any lottery. Still, a unique take showing other possibilities for this origin.


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