Review: Bali Blue Moon Organic
Update June 2015: The 2015 crop is here, and we went with the less-rustic natural process version over the wet hulled lot. The result is a cleaner flavor profile in the less-dark roast batch. The orange/citrus notes in the lighter roast have been replaced by a brandied peach note, a little bit fermented but oh, so good! Of course, the dark-dark roast level is less fruity and more dark chocolate, with heavy body, low acid and just a touch of fruit.
The island of Bali is located to the east of Java in Indonesia. It’s located on the map below:
We roasted this bean in two batches: Medium-Dark (FC+), and Dark (French-Vienna). After resting the roasted beans for 48 hours, we cupped them with the following impressions.
Dark Dark Roast – The Dark-Dark roast of the Bali is the most crowd-pleasing roast level, with an intense aroma and flavor. Bali is everything you want in a deeply dark Sumatra, only better. The dark-dark roast level makes wonderful espresso or french press brews with dark bitter chocolate and lesser hints of orange peel, cedar and wood smoke. It is very low acid, with substantial body, a complex taste profile that is like a good Sumatra but slightly cleaner. Bali Dark-Dark should be enjoyable by anyone who likes dark roast, approachable coffee.
Medium Dark Roast – Roasting a little lighter, to a Full City to Full City+, notes of orange peel and cedar smoke arise with a chocolaty finish. It’s low acid and smooth, with a heavy, supple body. The flavors are a bit more complex in the lighter roast over the darker roast, there is a savory sweetness to it. The cup has a bit more snap to it as well as a hint of something exotic and a bit wild (perhaps like a holiday in Bali?) The beans themselves look a bit mottled as is common in Indonesians not roasted super dark.
There is a good reason that the Bali is a major favorite of the NanoRoast community. It’s intense aroma, low acidity and smooth heavy body make it such a pleasing package no matter how you brew it, and it stands up to all the amendments you might want to add without getting lost.
Enjoy your coffee!