The brewed cup is remarkably full bodied, picking up some of the protein from the beans as well as tons of flavor. If you’re a chocolate lover who mostly enjoys sweet candies, this stuff may not be for you; it’s naturally bitter, with fruity acidity. But if you get excited about the complex flavors of high-cacao content chocolate, you should look into Choffy.
The Ivory Coast version is smooth and focused, with a bright tartness. La Española is earthier, almost smokey, though some tasters found it a little muddy. Both are good with a scant teaspoon of sugar.
We noticed that the Serious Eats crew tried brewing it in a Chemex coffee maker first and commented that the steeping really makes a difference in the flavor. We agree. The flavor from our premium roasted beans is more full if they spend a little time steeping. That being said, use a wire or gold filter in your coffee maker for the best taste. As one savvy commenter mentioned “…How could adding a paper filter to the chocolate-making process make sense under any circumstances?” We couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t mean we haven’t used a paper filter in a pinch, but the flavor is always better without the paper.
We are grateful to SeriousEats for their review, and can’t wait for them (and you) to taste what is coming next!