- Reviews and characteristics
Reviews and characteristics
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 preferable. 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 it slightly lighter than we do the Bin 478 to emphasis its already sweet character. It is a little less complex and nuanced than the washed bin 478 or microlot 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 Kenyan (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.
From Mt Top 2005:
Bin 478 is a bright but delicate coffee, with muscatel-like sweetness and well-balanced but lingering acidity.
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.
This coffee shows a deep complex fragrance of blueberry and cherry, with notes of apricot, lemon and lime, producing an alive and intriguing aroma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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 applica
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!
Website reviews of our products:
BEST EVER! 5 Star Review
Posted by Margot on 15th May 2018
This is the most delicious coffee I've ever had. There's no going back, so now I get it flown to Melbourne where I live!
FRESH AND SMELLS GREAT! 5 Star Review
Posted by Reuben on 14th Apr 2018
Microlot has a smell that makes you salivate! No sugar needed for an expresso lungo!
AMAZING COFFEE 5 Star Review
Posted by Michael on 9th Apr 2018
My first words after trying the microlot was 'wow', even with high expectations it exceeded expectations.
The flavour and texture are clean with no bitterness yet still hold a wonderful coffee taste that you wake up for. A long black needs no sugar, at all, it's just great as is, no dirt.
I don't think I'll be buying anything else any more.
THE BEST COFFEE IN OZ 5 Star Review
Posted by VICKY on 16th Mar 2018
Loved the test of microlot, it will now become my only coffee.
BIN 478(WASHED) ROASTED
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
BUNDJA (naturals) ROASTED
GORGEOUS SMOOTH AROMA AND FLAVOUR 5 Star Review
Posted by Gemma on 29th Apr 2018
Love this blend for its smoothness - not bitter like so many others
VERY AROMATIC COFFEE 5 Star Review
Posted by Unknown on 15th Feb 2018
This coffee is of very good quality. Definitely recommend trying!
REALLY BEAUTIFUL COFFEE 5 Star Review
Posted by kathryn stankovic-ives on 8th Feb 2018
Very delicious smooth coffee!
MMMM! 5 Star Review
Posted by Jacqui on 5th Oct 2017
I drank Bundja coffee at the Phoenix Rising Cafe in Nimbin on a recent visit, and it was so delicious I bought some on the spot, and am very happy I can keep buying it online. Full, rich, smooth. Delicious!
GREAT TASTING COFFEE 5 Star Review
Posted by Rebekah on 21st Aug 2017
Great coffee, fantastic service. Highly recommend.
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.
RAW GREEN BEAN
GREAT COOFFE 5 Star Review
Posted by mandy and stephen on 24th Jan 2018
The green coffee beans are amazing thay have a beautiful smell and flavour and once I roast them thay make a heap of coffee we love them cheers☕️ Also the coffee husks you sent us for marking tea is soooo nice thanks
OOOHHH YEAAAAA 5 Star Review
Posted by jerry on 16th Oct 2017
this is excellent coffee. roasts well and feels great.
I normally cant drink coffee, but with this one roasted and timed properly its excellent!