Rougher nibs can be found but this rubs the nose pretty well into the ground without turning it into a truffle-hunting pig-snout.
Appearance 4.5 / 5
|Color:||dry dirty blonde|
|Surface:||micro-Idaho potatoes (unpeeled)|
Aroma 7.1 / 10
malted-milk cocoa powder cut by acrid acid
Mouthfeel 10.4 / 15
|Melt:||semi-rough thanks to some indissolvable / unmasticatable slag matter|
Flavor 42.9 / 50
jarring acrid spray -> digs into undergrowth -> morel & cremini mushrooms -> sweet relief (sugar to the rescue) -> grains (brown rice / purple corn) -> legumes (especially peanut) -> mild earth trap (more ‘srooms, dirt, & cocoa powder fighting to get thru) -> washes out (if you can call it that) dry-malted milk
Quality 17.6 / 20
Tastes better than it sounds. Salvaged by just the right, almost minimally required sugar as Slitti angles this close to the edge. Nonetheless, yet another demo of how inherently sweet & generous Ecuadoran beans can be.