Halfwit Coffee’s latest version of Moonbat Blend is a blend of thirds, with coffees from the regions of Coban, Guatemala, Cauca, Colombia, and Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Moonbat Blend, from Halfwit Coffee Roasters in Chicago, Illinois. Feel free to pull up a chair.
origin: Coban, Guatemala // Cauca, Colombia // Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea.
elevation: 1050 – 1600 meters above sea level
process: fully washed
The aroma of this coffee is pretty full-on, and suggests that the cup is going to be pretty interesting. An array of notes that range from spices and burnt wood to fruits and florals.
Moonbat Blend has a full, hearty body and my first few sips of the cup immediately post-brew have already proven this coffee to be deep, complex, and layered. Each sip reveals another dimension to the coffee, so it’s constantly keeping me on my toes. From sip to sip, my palate is treated to alternating notes of red delicious apple, plum, vanilla, honey, florals, red grape, and a sweet clementine citric acidity. The one thing that remains consistent throughout the cup is the PNG component—earth, clove, anise, allspice, cedar, tobacco. The other flavors in the cup stand in stark contrast to the PNG, but the coffee really works as a whole.
Full body; velvety mouthfeel; citric acidity; clean finish.
I was really quite taken with Halfwit Coffee’s Moonbat Blend, and the thing I was most taken with was its personality. Halfwit put these three coffees together and, though the coffee was really tasty as a unit, I was really impressed that each component’s highlights were showcased; the uniqueness of each of the three coffees really came through on the palate. And, as a roaster, that’s a tough thing to accomplish—especially given the somewhat darker roast profile that was put on this coffee (which gave it a really hearty, full-bodied presence).
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