Kurasu House Blend Dark (Medium-dark roast)
Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia
Orange peel, Dark chocolate, Buttery, Long aftertaste
|This is our new “House blend”. It tastes like a rich dark chocolate and subtle orange peel. You feel like drinking it everyday.|
* 500g / 1kg packaging will be in our wholesale bags.
Kurasu House Blend Dark is our second creation of Kurasu Blend. It is also our first attempt of making a medium-dark roast coffee.
We often use “clean” to describe specialty coffee. But what is clean? Kurasu believes that a clean cup is one in which the characters of the beans are fully expressed and boosted. We don’t want to sacrifice any flavor during the roasting process, and it often leads us to having a lightly roasted coffee.
On the other hand, light roast isn't everything nor ultimate form of coffee- depending on places, climates, cultures, there are various standards in the world to define what's good.
Specialty Coffee Association of Japan(SCAJ) notes in the first paragraph of definition of specialty coffee like this- “Specialty coffee should be a coffee that has a superb taste, and that liquid in a cup consumers hold shall provide them with value and satisfaction.”
In Kyoto, with a deeply rooted “Kissaten” culture, we have many customers enjoy darker roast, as it is the traditional Kissaten roast. We have been feeling frustrated that we haven't been able to offer them what they prefer, and that encouraged us to create this blend- the blend that celebrates Kyoto's long running coffee culture, and the people who lived with it and who love it, in the past, present and in the future.
Roasting approach of House Blend Dark is different from the one for House Blend Light. If we use the same approach as the lighter roast, by raising the heat in the first half of roasting process and lower it in the second half, the heat wouldn't be sufficient to complete the roasting process. Whereas roasting with high heat all the way through would just burn the coffee.
To achieve our ideal roast, we decided to slow down the initial heating phase, by controlling the endothermic stage. This way, we can increase the heat without worrying about burning the beans at the second half of the process. With many more little tweaks of duration time and temperature, we perfected this beautiful medium-dark roast. To avoid making it too roasty, the duration time is relatively short- the process takes 10’50’’~11’00’', with a finishing temperature at 213℃.
Filter Coffee(Light Roasted)：195~200℃ 9’30’’~10’00’'
House Blend Light：205℃ 10’40’’~10’50’’
House Blend Dark：213℃ 10’50’’~11’00’’
This is an intense coffee for morning
shot. The taste is just right and not too strong.
I like it very much.
For those like me who enjoy a dark roast every now and then, this is the perfect choice. The aromas do not get lost and it has a nice full feel and lasting finish. A great one to start the day.
I usually steer away from "dark" roasts, but man this was something else. It's not stereotypically bitter or strong and the tasting notes really shine. Perfect start to the day.
We roast all of our coffee in Kyoto, at our Fushimi Inari roastery, twice a week on Thursday and Sunday.
We then pack and ship the freshly roasted beans out as early as on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (please note that our fulfilment operation closes on weekends.).
The roasting date on your coffee will be between 14 days prior to your order, and while we try our best to ship as younger roast as possible, we actually recommend you waiting at least 1 week after the roasting date to enjoy the fully developed flavor, so if you receive a very fresh roast please let the coffee rest for about a week and give it a try!
*Any order made after 12pm on Wednesday and Saturday will likely to be fulfilled on the next week’s roasting day.
We understand the quality of the raw material determines most of the quality of the end product. That is why the selection of green beans, and knowing the source and traceability is so important to us.
We work with only reputable green bean importors - Cafe Imports, Nordic Approach, Umi no muko, along with directly sourcing from mirco lots from around the world. We make sure to understand as much as possible the farmers, their approach to harvest, processing, and logistics to reach Japan.
At Kurasu we roast with a 6 kg semi-hot blast type roaster made by a Dutch manufacturer, Giesen.
The roaster helps us roast a coffee with a soft, complex flavour and texture.
Coffee beans are naturally fragrant and have fresh and juicy acidity and sweetness of fruits. We make sure not to develop the roast too long and conscious to find the perfect balance to maximize the potential of each coffee.
We roast 2-3 times a week - at each session, right after roasting and on the day before the roasting, we check the quality of our roasted coffee.
We pay close attention to the batches we adjusted the roasting profile for and any batches that show readings with any difference to usual.
Roasting is an ever evolving process for us. There's always some small adjustments that can be made and we strive for ship out the best roasted coffee we can possibly produce.