This is a new crop from our new supplier of highland Robusta, and we took a chance on a single sack of their new Bourbon Arabica crop, sight unseen, and it is amazing. It's the most pleasing Vietnamese Bourbon we have had yet, but we ran out two weeks ago. We just got a new crop on Tuesday March 23!
Dalat has very little land at altitude high enough to grow premium Arabica, and Bourbon is the ideal species for the soil and altitude in this lower region of the Annam Highlands (today called the Central Plateau). Chocolatey, buttery, lower in acid than other Arabicas, this variety fits the preferences of Vietnamese growers since ~1900.
Bourbon Arabica beans are characterized by a roundness and mellowness of flavor that modern arabicas often lack, coupled with a balanced acidity and smooth mouthfeel. Bourbon is unique in that it matures/ripens slowly after roasting and maintains a wonderful profile that seems to age well over weeks.
8 oz bag roasted coffee, Medium roast. Please select ground or whole bean.
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