by Vivani
Info Details
Country Germany   
Type Flavored   (Coffee; Dark 68%)
Strain Blend   
Flavor Earthen   
Style Rustic      
A kick-boxer delivering a walloping head blow that rocks the face off, starting with a frontal shot that hits right between the eyes & crushes the nose... sending taste buds reeling & discombobulated before staggering back up.
Appearance   4.3 / 5
Color: warm UPS brown; higher sugar content neutralizing the coffee
Surface: slightly dusted & chipped; overall clean corduroy print
Temper: soft diffusion
Snap: clunk; coarsely sanded-edge
Aroma   6.9 / 10
stymied: Vivani bars already come equipped w/ resident coffee features onboard; the add'n here not so much amplifies but, similar to its color, extra sugar neutralizes it into cereal grains (alongside heavy roast producing burnt coffee grounds + charred toast) -> undeniable licorice / black spices underneath; aerates to a tiny compost pile of dooky humanure
Mouthfeel   13.6 / 15
Texture: signature Vivani: elastic-plastic beanbag (no lecithin, a little waxen from the hardness of a specific type of cacáo butter used); only minute powder (sure sign of fine-ground espresso as well as sugar)
Melt: thick syrup... unbelievably massive & swollen for a 68% (espresso itself the emulsion + superb conche); noticeable astringency
Flavor   42.8 / 50
pulls a shot of concentrated - though some might say over-brewed - coffee that scorches the lips on the way in -> bites the tongue w/ a force harder than a snapping turtle -> choc butter the soother to a good espresso burn mainlining a Young Turk... & like quitting smoking, everything regains its flavor; taste buds paved beneath decades of tar spring back to life & an entire sense restored -> soft reds dissolve into sugar, flailing their limbs in the pressure cooker (quite nice actually, if sadistic) -> nut butter -> molasses -> melts down mocha mud mountain w/ sweet backing... after-booms in the distance
Quality   17.5 / 20
Stern German with a merciful sweet side. What it lacks in the clarity of Santander's Espresso or the killer-app of its Duetsch compatriot - Coppeneur's all-world Jamaican Blue Mt, it compensates for to the core. Delivers instead a long & strong power puck with caffeine ripping down Broadway... rough & a little jagged at the edges (& there are a lot of edges here + flavors of entanglement - Alanis Morissette style) but sweetly self-corrects thru a series of transitions that deftly mask underlying harshness & bitterness (possibly from oxidation before encapsulating the espresso). The combine works due to chocolate finding itself between a sugar rock & a hard espresso too big for the bar, the 2 just grinding against it into confected erosion that gets better as the individual elements lessen their loads & wear away into the mix - almost what's referred to as a Cubano in the coffee world. And make no mistake, coffee powers thru well after the end is over.


Signup for our free Newsletter

Signup for our free Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from the C-spot.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest