I had planned to give this three days of rest, but last evening was so busy I never even had my early evening cup. Probably just as well - this is a wild bean, and so lightly roasted I expect it won't peak until the weekend.
So as I mentioned in one of our digressions somewhere in this forum, these beans smelled, right after roasting, mostly of strawberry. In the four days it's been resting the balance between the strawberry and the other berry (maybe it is blueberry, as Tom says, but I don't remember the smell of blueberry and think of this as gently rotten berry) has shifted, and as Cally put her finger on when I handed her the jar, a caramelly sweetness.
I pass over grounds and wet aroma, as I was into the brewing ritual and had limitied attention to give to such things, as is usual. Grounds smelled much like the beans, and when I took the lid off the CCD there was a bunch of berry sweetness. But that was all just offhand on my way to the cup.
Y'jnow, Jim, I'm not sure it's only five fruits & berries. I wouldn't want to try to count - I suspect I'd get a different sum every cup - but there's lots, and varied. Early on the familiar strawberry and blue/overripe berry dominated, but as it cooled they got more restrained and things got hard to sort out. Towards the end, when it was near body temperature, I'd get, yes, Tom, a *stong* nosefull of peach as I pulled another mouthfull out. And then it was gone, until next time.
Now I'm torn. On the one hand, this was a fascinatingly complex cup, constantly revealing new flavors and balances, and for all that I really want to brew it SO again, maybe many times again. On the other hand, it is as Jim said a wild ride, and I'll bet it would be less wild without losing that which makes it unique blended with the Java. Or, hmmm, I have some of that Cerrado DP left, too, which has gone well with other bright, berry-full beans.
Hmmm... has to be ten minutes since the last slurp, and there's a fascinating smokey, woody, slightly spicey taste that's developed towards the back of my palette and upper throat. And a hint of a smokey leather when I breathe through my mouth - think an old fringe leather jacket that's spent too much time in bars while you mixed the sound, back in the seventies when the bars the band played in were mighty darned smokey.
Fascinating. Who cares if it looks like a melange of at least three uneven roasts, the beans are midget sized, and you need to cull it by hand? :-/
Sweet Maria's, Behmor, Maestro, Bonmac, CCD, Pavina - fun AND good coffee