Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Bella Donovan | Bruer | Cold Brew Coffee Maker
November 26, 2014


Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Bella Donovan

Blue Bottle Cold Brew Cold Bruer

This week's featured coffee is Blue Bottle Coffee's Bella Donovan. Recently, (and for as long as I can remember) we've been brewing up a lot of single origin African coffees. We thought it would be good to change gears a bit, and try something a little different. Along side Blue Bottle's great selection of African single origins is their year-round blend Bella Donovan. A mix of Ethiopian and Sumatran coffee, they call it "the wool sweater of our blends -- warm, comforting, familiar." It's also their most popular blend, and a little darker on the roast scale from what we've become accustomed to. 

Coffee Specs

  • Country: Ethiopia and Sumatra

How we brewed it

  • 60g medium grind
  • 700ml ice/water mix
  • 1 drip/second initial drip rate
  • 5-6 hour brew

What we tasted

This cold brew reminds us of biting into a toasted marshmellow. The roast flavor of the coffee comes through immediately (along with a little bitterness) followed by a caramelized sweetness. There's a hint of the citrus from the Ethiopian, but the roast flavors quickly mellow it out. In the end, the roast flavors dominate. If you enjoy darker roasted coffee, this is a good one to try.

If you'd like to try it for yourself, you can get it here!

Gabe Herz
Gabe Herz


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