Market Lane - Marimbus Espresso
Market Lane is a well-respected Melbourne roaster that a lot of us would be aware of. Still, this is the first time I've tried one of their Brazilian single origins - while Brazil is a huge coffee producer, they sometimes have the unfortunate reputation of producing smooth, inoffensive but ultimately uninteresting coffee (depending on your taste).
Marimbus, though, is a step above. It does hold the characteristics of Brazilian growing generally - it is smooth and sweet, with a gentle caramel/almond praline profile and a medium body - but the care that has been taken in both the production of the beans and their roasting is obvious. For a smooth coffee it holds up impressively well with milk and produces a surprisingly tasty latte or flat white. It's also very forgiving when producing espresso - it took me a few shots to dial in my grind, but with this bean it's very hard to make a bad coffee. Sure, you can still stuff it up - but even if your dose or grind isn't perfect you'll still be producing something extremely drinkable.
Also, customer service from Direct Coffee is excellent - great communication, fast shipping - everything you're looking for in an online shop.
The delivery was super quick! We missed our delivery the first time because we weren't home but Tim made sure we received our coffee beans with very prompt communication. Excellent customer service and the beans were beautifully packed. Can't wait to try them!
Fast delivery, very carefully packed, above all, super tasty!
All Coffee is sold as Whole Beans.