Way back when Daily Shot Of Coffee was just getting off the ground, a couple of the earliest coffees that I reviewed came from a roaster on the sunny side of Colorado, named Boca Java. Back then I wrote about their Maple Bacon Morning and Deep Blue Blueberry flavored coffees.
A couple of weeks ago, they wanted to see if I would be interested in reviewing a couple more of their brews. My taste buds have dramatically changed since my first encounter with this roaster, and I was looking forward to trying some of their non-flavored coffees.
The Drink: Boca Villa
Type: Dark Roast Blend, Whole Bean
Reminiscent of the rich, darker European coffee, Boca Villa dark roast coffee has a heavy body that finishes with a hint of spiciness. Its Arabica coffee beans present a robust, intensely satisfying flavor that evokes memories of coffee served at the finest cafes in Paris.
Boca Villa started with a smoky aroma mixed with wood scents. It wasn’t forest fire smoky, just hints of what was to come. Also, worth mentioning was a thick layer of sweetness in the aroma hiding underneath it all.
The body was medium-light, in other words I couldn’t decide if the feel of the coffee was really light or medium, so I went for the middle road. For a dark roast coffee, it was pleasantly smooth with only a bump or two of bitterness towards the end of the sip.
The taste began with a sweetness, hints of wood and nut flavors, that mixed with a dark, strong charcoal flavor at the end.
An 8 ounce bag of Boca Villa is $7.99 on the Boca Java website.
Out of five coffee mugs, Boca Villa earned a 3.25. It’s slightly above average in my books, but it was a little too dark for me. However, if you like a really strong, dark roast coffee, this is one that you might want to check out.
The Drink: Kenya Cruising
Type: Medium Roast Single Origin, Whole Bean
Luxurious and highly prized, our Kenya AA Arabica coffee beans produce this superb coffee with dry, winy character, often found in this African coffee-growing region. Our single origin Kenya Kruising coffee delivers a bright finish with a hint of black currant and citrus fruits also characteristic of the Arabica coffee beans in the region.
Kenya Cruising greeted my nose with a sweet, enticing aroma. I uncovered hints of strawberries, a smoothy woody scent and brown sugar.
The first sip was thick, the feel had an overall dustiness to it that reminded me of traveling racing down a dusty back road.
The taste was strong, stronger than I expected from a Kenya coffee, but it wasn’t a bad thing. At first there wasn’t too much to get excited about in the taste department, just flavors of nuts and cedar plank. However, deeper down I discovered hints of strawberries, tart lemon flavor and a sweetness that brought it all together.
An 8 ounce bag of Kenya Crusing is $7.99 via the Boca Java website.
Kenya Cruising earned a well above average rating of 3.75 on the Daily Shot Of Coffee scale. I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the aromas and flavors of this one. It had enough going on to keep me interested, but also enough for someone that likes a darker, stronger coffee without too much acidity.