Bani, a city in the southern part of the island country that is known for their exports of coffee and baseball players. The long list of players includes Erick Aybar of the Angelas, Willy Aybar formerly of the Rays, and Juan Uribe of the Dodgers. Can you tell I’m completely obsessed with baseball right now and probably will be until the Yankees win the World Series in a few weeks. Fingers crossed.
With the crop of baseball pros, it makes me wonder if they have a top secret training regiment…like say picking coffee, throwing it into the basket to strengthen their arm muscles and improve their throwing accuracy. Okay, probably not. Enough of being silly, let’s get down to business.
Dominican Republic Bani from Cush Coffee started off with an aroma of exotic spices and warm fruits. The spice starts of with black pepper, then cinnamon, then something more exotic that I just can’t put my finger on. The fruit scents include grapefruit, pineapple and watermelon. The intense aroma tailed off with a sweetness and a scent that I could only describe as fresh off the grill.
The spices and fruits continued into the taste department. Also in the mix was chocolate flavors and a bit of a dark roast taste. From the aroma, I would’ve never guessed dark roast on this one. Hints of dark cherry syrup, blackberries and sweet chocolate made up the majority of the flavors in this brew. The sip faded away with spices, black pepper and more of the dark roast flavor.
The coffee was smooth and left a dusty feel on my tongue.
Like all of the rare coffee roasted by Cush Coffee, the Dominica Bani is not cheap. It’s $14 for six ounces on their website. What you’re paying for are higher wages for the farmers, organic certification and of course a unique coffee that you can’t find at the grocery store.
Dominican Republic Bani from Cush Coffee earned a 3.75 out of 5 on the Daily Shot Of Coffee scale. It’s the kind of coffee that I wish I could have every day. It had great flavors, but was still well balanced and enjoyable to everyone in the house.
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