Alchemist's Blend - Anakin

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Origin: Blend of 100% cocoa beans

Type: That would be telling

Year: 2020-2022

Flavor Notes:

Welcome to the Dark side. Welcome to the Alchemist’s Blend series.

I present to you, the next in series of Alchemist’s Blends - Anakin.

In a word, MOCHA.  This has the darkness of Vader but I have simplified the blend to softened the edges to something a little more approachable.  There is a richness of chocolate and the tang of coffee (but there is not actual coffee) melding into a blend that I really enjoy.  There is a heaviness of body that is missing from Vader.  A complexity.  Let your imagination run wild with the analogy and I think you will find it fits.

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.

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.