Last week Dutch Coffee, a young company set on reintroducing classic 16th century coffee drinking rituals to Europe, rewarded our lightly roasted hand-washed Limu beans a 9.1. “A subtle, fruity coffee bean that’s inundated with wine and citrus flavours. In the deep tones you’ll find a good balance between caramel and a bit of chocolate. The ultimate wake-up call on a warm day and deservedly the first Dutch Coffee Selection bean.”
Started by Jits Krol and Robert Nijhof, Dutch Coffee is an age-old East Indian Company method of making coffee — mainly, using ice water instead of warm water. Fanatics say the 4-6 hours needed to brew a pot of Dutch Coffee offers a lot of advantages. It hardly oxidises, for example, and gives the beans the opportunity to achieve their full flavour. As a result, Dutch Coffee is less bitter than regular coffee, and it lasts a long time (like Indian Pale Ale, it was designed to travel long distances). Moreover, Dutch Coffee has zero calories due to the fact that the bean’s fats don’t resolve in cold water.
There’s a hint of caramel, and then chocolate, both of which linger for a while in your mouth for a nice aftertaste, begging for a second sip
The report card
Here’s Dutch Coffee’s report card over Moyee’s single origin Limu:
+ Wonderful crisp citrus tones
+ Fine balance of caramel and chocolate tones
+ Nice chocolate aftertaste
+ The low acidity makes it easy to drink
The crisp aroma of this lightly roasted coffee clearly reveals citrus and berry tones. There’s also a hint of tart wine. The first thing you taste is the citrus, followed by finely balanced deep coffee tones. There’s a hint of caramel, and then chocolate, both of which linger for a while in your mouth for a nice aftertaste, begging for a second sip.
The Limu bean has been named ‘Africa’s tastiest bean’. The beans are grown in the forest shade and are handpicked. Only the ripe beans are harvested, hand-washed and dried for 12-15 hours in the sun. They are then lightly roasted for 12-13 minutes, creating a wonderfully fruity coffee.
The Limu bean is grown in the Beleta forest in the Ethiopian province of Kaffa. Moyee uses only single-origin beans in order to fully retain the bean’s characteristics. All the beans come from the same region thus and are grown and harvested in the same conditions. This results in the outspoken taste you’d expect from a specialty coffee.
For more information on Dutch Coffee, head to www.dutch-coffee.nl.