For the latest addition to The Bean Pole, we’re going to be heading back to where I grew up to an independent artisan Coffee roastery in the heart of Snowdonia.
In this post I’ll be reviewing the Kirema by Poblado Coffi.
I’ll start by thanking the team from Poblado for the sample, it’s always a pleasure to get free coffee, but even more so when it’s this good.
I’ll be honest, every part of me wanted to love this coffee, given it comes from a roaster that is based only a few minutes drive from where I grew up. I guess part of it was nostalgia and missing the rolling hills of North Wales, and the hope that this coffee could satiate my homesickness, but also I go into every new coffee with a will to love it, after all, my love of coffee is why this blog exists.
I’m happy to say that the Kirema by Poblado Coffi did not dissappoint.
On first impression, the packaging was everything I’d hoped for, understated without being dull with descriptions written in both English and Welsh, something that sets this artisan roaster apart.
The sweet-box-esque aroma of this subtly flavoured African bean was bursting through the packaging that the beans came wrapped in, which only heightend my anticipation whilst I prepared it to be brewed.
I prepared the Kirema using both my Sage Barista Express as an espresso as well as using a V60 dripper with unbleached paper filters, the results using both were superb.
When it comes to an indulgent crema from an espresso extraction, I’ve not encountered a coffee like this one. It was silky smooth and had natural marbelling as soon as the extraction started, culminating in a decadent honecycombe-like crema that sat about 1.5cm tall on top of my coffee.
My only regret is that my latte art skills let down the appearence of the brew.
Whether I tasted the espresso or the filtered brew, the tastes were clear and easily definable. As well as the dark chocolate, vanilla and mulled wine notes that I was told to expect on the packaging, I also found this coffee to be very nutty both in smell and taste.Click to view slideshow.
The coffee also gets full marks for traceability and description.
Anyone who’s read any of my previous posts knows how important traceability is to me, and Poblado Coffi have really gone the extra mile. Not only do they provide description staples such as the province it was grown in, the altitude etc, they also provide a comprehensive description where it was washed, dried and processed.
You also get an inside scoop on the history of the coffee and how it’s developed over time as well as where the coffee is eventually distributed from. Not only do you get all this in English, but you also get it in Welsh too!
Overall this is a delicious coffe and was a pleasure to brew. Without doubt, I’ll be stopping by their premises in Nantlle next time I pop home to see my family.
If you’d like to learn more about this brilliant little roaster you can check out heir story to date by clicking here
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All star ratings are out of 5
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