In October, Teena and her sister, Sarah, spent a week vacationing in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
She knows I enjoy coffee so brought back some fresh roasted coffee for me. Dona Maria is coffee which is grown on Maria's farm. The coffee is not only grown on her farm but roasted on site.
The beans are dark roasted and have a very dark look and strong bitter aroma. I was a little worried that it would make too bitter a brew but decided to use the same amount as I usually do and cut back with the next brews if needed.
After grinding the beans, I found they were much lighter in colour. Once brewed, the coffee still maintains a very bitter aroma. Surprisingly, though, there is very little bitterness in the taste. It is not a smooth coffee as it has an edge but was one I enjoyed trying.
Why am I writing about this now, a couple of months after Teena came back and gave it to me? Well, sadly I just brewed up and drank the last batch.
Thanks, Teena, for bring this home for me!
Jeremy from Georgia, who was staying on the same resort as Teena, takes a turn at roasting the beans at the farm.