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                                                        Roasted Beans

Our microlot is chosen from one or two of our batch lots during the harvest year. We do different blocks of the farm on different days as every block has differences in tree age, soil, aspect and elevation. We like to schedule our microlots so that they are roasted within an optimum time framework; weeks and months, not years.  We tend to choose mostly our washed batches for the microlot but there is more often than not a natural or peharps a winey or honey batch that is hpreferable. The description is updated after a current microlot is renewed. (See below: Microlot Nov/Dec 2017).

Very smooth, with mild acidity and marvellous complexity our Bin 478, derived from our washed lots, is roasted to a medium/city roast level, which makes it suitable across most brewing methods, especially espresso and plunger. Its sweetness and citrus qualites also makes it particularly favourable for cold drip. 

For our Bundja, we typically roast about 50% of it slightly lighter than we do the Bin 478 to emphasis its already sweet character. We then roast 50% to city level or the same medium/city level as our Bin 478, and then blend the two or three levels of roast together. It is a little less complex and nuanced than the washed bin 478 but it has a powerful fruity punch and a good body. Ideal for milk based servings as well as long blacks.

 *Washed bean is bean that has the skin removed as soon as it is picked, natural coffee is bean allowed to have the skin dry around it whilst still on the tree. The seed thus soaks up the sugars from the fruit as well as the raisin like flavours. 

 

 

MICROLOT Nov/Dec 2017

Washed coffee. Selected from our 8th harvest day, this Bin lot comes from a group of pure k7 arabica situated on red volcanic soil. They were pruned using a new method last year, allowing in more light and for bigger berry to form. And we are very happy with the result. It ripened earlier than previous years and more evenly. It ticks all our boxes; a well rounded and sweet coffee with pleasant citric acidity and fascinating complex. Nuances of watermelon, apple and rum raisin. It has a mysterious quality to the syrup in the final sips of a short black espresso that lingers and develops on the pallet. Usable across all applications that a medium plus roast is suited too: espresso, plunger, aeropress stovetop, drip. 

Bin 478

From Mt Top 2005:

 Overall description

Bin 478 is a bright but delicate coffee, with muscatel-like sweetness and well-balanced but lingering acidity.

Harvest Characteristics

Bin 478 was harvested in the first pass of the season in late September; this coffee was sourced from a very small load of red and purple cherries and benefited from a meticulous wet process. The Bin Lot is a mix of purple coloured cherries, which add sweetness to the cup, and prime red cherries which add to the complexity in flavour from acidity to sweetness. The cherries have benefited from a long 12 month maturation period on one of the best blocks on the Estate.

 Fragrance/aroma

This coffee shows a deep complex fragrance of blueberry and cherry, with notes of apricot, lemon and lime, producing an alive and intriguing aroma.

 Body/aftertaste

An intriguing but soft body with a creamy mouth feel that leaves the palate feeling smooth. The aftertaste is long, and sweet, highlighted by clean fruity flavours of blueberries and cherries.

 Sweetness/acidity

A complex acidity of lemons and citrus fruits coupled with a clean fruity sweetness, gives this coffee a unique and lingering cup quality of ripe grapes.

 Balance

All elements complement well together to produce an extremely well balanced coffee.  The accent is sweetness of blueberry and cherry, with soft orange like acidity and creamy medium body: the cup is clean and long.

 Suitability

The bold fruity characteristics of this coffee lend itself to filter markets. A well-developed light roast will bring out the wild floral aromas of fresh stone fruits.

 

Aroma

Clean Cup

Acidity

Sweetness

Body

Aftertaste

Balance

Overall

Total

6.5

6.5

6.6

6.3

6.4

6.1

6.3

6.4

87.2%

(Each category is out of 8 points with the Total score as a percentage)

 

From Sunalini Menon, Coffeelabs  India. 2014:

Delicious flavours of sweet lime, oranges and lemons with a touch of red apple, green apple, banana and ripe
cherries, dancing alongside with mild refined texture and sweet brightness. A long finish of brightness couched in sweetness. A
dreamy cup indeed saturated with sweetness, brightness and flavours.Soft, sweet and tasty !

FRAGRANCE AND AROMA : Good fragrance. Dreamy citrus flavour especially of oranges, lemons and sweet lime, flecks of nuts,
red apple and mango and a touch of banana. Sweet and sour. Delicious.

Bundja

From Blacksmith Roastery:

This coffee has a very distinctive sweetness with chocolate aroma and well balanced acidity; it is an ideal espresso coffee, but with the versatility to be suitable for filter applications.

The coffee has been selected from batches of late ripened fruit which exhibit sweetness as their primary characteristic; they've achieved a delicate balance of sweetness against faint acidity, with a soft and creamy style body.

The aroma has enticing chocolate hues typical of the region, and also exhibit floral and sweet fruity notes.

The flavor is predominantly fruity sweetness, with the chocolate aroma carrying through the cup, with hints of spice, orange and lime.

The coffee is a unique Single Origin Espresso, the southern latitude and unique terrain of the growing region provides a depth of character to the coffee, while the late harvest and Double Pass process provide sweetness and depth of flavor as an espresso.  This is truly one of the most unique single origin coffees in the world! We are honored to be the exclusive importer of Mountain Top Estate coffees here in the United States!

 

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From our website reviews:

 

BEAUTIFUL COFFEE 5 Star Review
Posted by Anne Robinson on 10th Jul 2017

 

Bundja is full bodied and smooth and really delicious, I've just placed my second order!

 

GREAT COFFEE 5 Star Review
Posted by John Warmington on 2nd Jun 2017

 

A good brew, enjoyed every drop.

 

GOOD COFFEE AND GOOD VALUE 5 Star Review
Posted by Vicky on 31st May 2017

 

loved the smooth test and good service

 

RICH & SMOOTH 5 Star Review
Posted by Jan on 30th May 2017

 

Great tasting, would take a lot better coffee for our house to change to another brand now.

 

HMMM! VERY NICE 4 Star Review
Posted by Ron on 6th Apr 2017

 

Nice smooth taste, easy on the palate. Will purchase again.

 

THE ONLY COFFEE I BUY 5 Star Review
Posted by Michael G on 22nd Aug 2016

 

Rich, smooth, delicious; the only coffee i drink. Have got a bunch of work mates onto Mountain Top.

 

Keep up the great work!!

 

BEAUTIFUL FLAVOUR 5 Star Review
Posted by Wesley C Broomham on 21st Aug 2016

 

I was in love with the Bundja, now i have tried the bin 478 its hard to pick a favourite. Both amazing taste!!

 

BEST COFFEE IN AUSTRALIA 5 Star Review
Posted by Wesley Broomham on 23rd May 2016

 

I am a huge coffee fan , i try to buy single origin from all over the world. And i think i have found the best in my own backyard!! I love the intense flavours from this coffee.

 

SMOOTH AND INTENSE 4 Star Review
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Jun 2015

 

I enjoy a good cupper every now and then and this coffee is just amazing. Will definitely get some more... More often...

 

IV MADE THE BEST COFFEE IV EVER MADE, WITH MOUNTAINTOP 4 Star Review
Posted by Michael G on 21st Apr 2015

 

I'm a simple guy, i do a period of testing, lock in the product with right combination of attributes then don't generally switch for a while; coffee is no different.
Drinking jindebah.com for 3yrs, a friend (MK) put me onto MountainTop. I order 250g of 478 & 35, ground them up and each smelled so rich, so hearty, it was like ground *meat* - honestly! Iv since been making the best coffee's iv ever made (close to "ever drank" too), using MT beans. Australian grown, pesticide free!?!
I imagine it will be a long time before I make another switch :D

 

* I use a hand grinder, Aeropress, 30grams / cup with milk
* Gave 4 stars, as everyone can improve ;)

 

- Michael G