Incredibly balanced at City+ - Full City, Mille Collines is incredibly sweet brewed and as espresso, spiced cocoa and subtle fruited tones, dense chocolate flavors like flourless chocolate cake with cranberry and blueberry fillings. City to Full City++. Incredible espresso.
Mille Collines shows much in the way of balanced bittersweetness as brewed coffee in the darker edges of City+ on up to, and just beyond Full City roast level. The dry fragrance offers layers of raw sugar smells, turbinado to light molasses, with cinnamon-spiced cocoa, and subtle dried fruit notes. Chocolatey smells bloom with the addition of hot water, an aroma that reminds me of Mexican hot cocoa, replete with dry spices and sugar in the raw sweetener. We found the middle roasts offer big sweetness, body, mild to moderate acidity, and subtle roast complexity - a recipe for the perfect daily drinking coffee! Mille Collines can take the heat, and those who enjoy the more overt roast tones that come at Full City+ roasting will be pleased at the degree of sweetness anchoring the overall cup profile. Middle roasts are definitely my preference for brewing, where grape-like acidity is intact, and a base sweetness of minimally processed sugars are at their peak. A true dual-use coffee, Full City roast espresso shots are heavily weighted in rich chocolate flavors, like dark chocolate brownie, with the denseness of a flourless chocolate cake. Subtle fruit tones are immediately sensed too, cooked cranberry sauce, a ribbon of blueberry filling, providing some brightness as well (but not over the top). Acidity is easily muted as you near and move into 2nd snaps, smokey roast tones coming off like chocolate syrup with a drop of liquid smoke, along with roasted cocoa nibs and dried berry accents.