Origin: Blend of 100% cocoa beans.
Type: That would be telling
Welcome to the Dark side. Welcome to the Alchemist’s Blend series.
I present to you, the next in series of Alchemist’s Blends - Shot in the Dark.
In the coffee world, a Shot in the dark is espresso in brewed coffee. I've tried to make that come alive here without the coffee. This has deeper tones like Vader but I have mixed and tweaked the blend to something that has a great chocolate/coffee flavor without any coffee at all. I like to think I've added a nice thick mouth feel to this blend. You tell me.
But again, this is not your mother’s hot chocolate. And this is also not coffee. It stands on its own merits, so judge it on what you taste, not what you expect or what it isn’t. The darker roast component isn't to the tastes to some people so if you are not a fan of a heavy roast you might want to steer clear of this blend or consider our Sampler.
This Brewing cocoa works well in coffee brewers and actually mixed with coffee. Other brewing cocoas can have a tendency to muddy the flavor of coffee I have found, or worse, clog brewing filters or screens. Your mileage may vary, but I’ve found 1:1 ratio wonderful, and if you are just a little careful, so it does not overflow, even straight can work well.
Your tastes may vary but I recommend starting with the following proportions and times:
4 T/8 oz boiling water
Steep 5 minutes Press (assuming you are using a press pot - drip works ok too)
Enjoy straight, with milk (or cream) and/or sugar.