One of my good colleagues hooked me up with this: Sammonlahti from Lehmus Roastery.
Lehmus is a roastery located in the city of Lappeenranta, southeastern Finland. They have received many awards, such as ”The best roastery in Finland” in 2017 and 2018.
According to the label, Sammonlahti is an espresso blend of washed Robusta from Uganda, and wet hulled Tim-Tim/Caturra Arabica from Sumatra, Indonesia. The roast level is 5/5, and is called ”Italian roast.” The company also describes this as a full-flavored blend at 5/5.
As I opened the bag, I was a little surprised. Unlike many real Italian espresso blends, the beans were really dark and oily, and made me think of some Starbucks products. However, the bag aroma wasn’t like Starbucks at all. It reminded me of pine needles, or the traditional Finnish Christmas tree. Interesting!
I brewed this in my trusty old Bialetti Moka pot. The bouquet was very nice: like a dark, strong arabica/robusta blend mixed with some pine needles.
In my opinion, the body or mouthfeel was medium full. I just loved this part. It felt so creamy and smooth, syrupy, even.
What about the taste, then? This was a big, strong and powerful blend with many savory flavors, such as tar and pine needles. The tar was actually very prominent, but not to the point where the flavor reminded you of creosote (which I like a lot in a coffee, by the way). On the other hand, there were some sweeter elements to this blend as well: molasses, even a small hint of dark chocolate. These two aspects, the savoriness and sweetness were in perfect balance. The tar/pine thing stayed in the forefront, but was balanced out nicely by the molasses-like feel.
Nowadays, I usually don’t reach for really dark roasted coffee as much as I used to. That’s why I was surprised how much I liked this blend. Yes, it was super dark, but not harsh or bitter at all. Instead, it was full bodied, creamy, smooth, and very flavorful. I highly recommend you try Sammonlahti from Lehmus Roastery. It is truly an excellent product.