Is Bella Donovan any good?
Absolutely! I just finished a cup of Bella Donovan coffee roasted by Blue Bottle and the grin is still on my face. This is no average cup of coffee folks. Looking at the picture of the beans will confirm that this is not a dark roast coffee. It may be a bit darker for Blue Bottle but that is fine with me. I tend to lean towards a darker roast (full city to full city +). Spoiler Alert: Even though this coffee is on the lighter side of dark, it is not over acidic. You won’t feel like you are drinking dark tea. Sorry about that tea lovers.
What is in the blend?
Bella Donovan is a blend of African and Indonesian coffee. I usually target single origin coffees but lately, I am finding a great appreciation for “Crafting” a blend that compliments, not hides flavors. Blue Bottle, based out of Oakland, California has done just that. The Indonesian coffee adds an earthiness that give it a flavor that one might think is a darker roast. Not burnt, but just a darker roast. It also provides that full body feel that makes this a great breakfast coffee. I like to call it a “Fat Cup”. The African coffee adds the citrus notes along with a somewhat complex cup of flavors, some which I can’t quite seem to pick out.