Serra do Bone has a nice sweet/bittersweet balance, highlighted by flavors of cocoa nibs, browned sugars, malted barley and a hint of orange brightness. City+ to Full City+ roasts are recommended for this classic Brazil flavor profile.
The dry fragrance of City+ roasts have a smell of roasted barley and dry-roasted peanuts in the lighter roast, with more powdered cocoa entering the profile at Full City+. Adding hot water the scent shows consistent cocoa and nut character, with intensified bittersweetness of high cacao percentage chocolate bar. In the cup, the sweetness of light brown sugar is countered by the pleasant bittering flavor of cocoa nibs. The orange-like brightness is just a footnote to these powerful roast flavors, forming a classic Brazilian taste profile. Rustic sweetness intensifies as the cup cools. This is a nice selection for Single Origin espresso shots.