The shop did display their coffee at CoffeeCon as well and to help out the pour over/manual brewing class donated coffee for us to brew. The coffee was a very special Ethiopian from Ninety Plus called Tuktant. Later that day the roaster told me they sold out of the Tuktant they brought to the event - once people tasted it upstairs in our class they wanted some (even at $20 per bag!)to take home with them. The best part is that he gave me a thank you bag of this coffee for my personal consumption too - now I just have to find a source of Lake Michigan water...
The roaster describes this coffee as having clean fruit notes ranging from raspberry jam to blackberry with just a whiff of citrus highs and beautiful floral aromatics. The dry beans smell like raspberry and toasted caramel while the brewed aroma is apple with a hint of spice. For my prep method I used 30g of ground beans in a manual dripper to craft 500mL of coffee.
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The first sip, bright fruit/berry acidity on the front end, is joined in the middle and finish by a spicy and tart berry note with a hint of chocolate and cinnamon. The mouth feel is medium full with a well developed creamy body. As it cools I think it tastes even better – the initial brightness tempers a bit while the milk chocolate in the finish amplifies – and what a long finish too! This is without question a special tasting and very delicious coffee prepared as a pour over and it is well worth finding a bag before it's gone for good.