Beans: Layyoo Natural, Mixed Heirloom, Guji Ethiopia.
Shop: Bruegel & Son, webshop, Son & Breugel, The Netherlands.
Bruegel and Son: Background information.
This first section of the Bruegel and Son Layyoo Natural is going to be a little weird. While writing this review, the website of this brand new roaster ins’t even life yet. The company has been founded by former Dutch Barista Champion Merijn Gijsbers and his companion John. The company is inspired by the old Dutch painter Pieter Breugel the Elder; one of the old masters who is considered an equal of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh to name a few.
The coffee that was sent to me is the Ethiopian Layyoo Natural which was produced in the Guji region. Ture Waji A.K.A ‘The King of Guji’ founded his company Sookoo Coffee in 2018 and focussed on improving the local coffee community. For example, women have priority over men when applying for a job, farmers are educated to improve the quality of their crops and Sookoo provides micro credit loans to farmers in order for them to hire employees for the harvest period.
Farmers who work with Sookoo get paid a surplus of 14% above average for their coffee. With the profits made, Sookoo has already improved infrastructure, build a school in the region and provides the farmers with new seedlings so that they can increase the amount of coffee plants. What a project!
Opening the Package.
Bruegel and Son ship their coffee in a package with a ziplock and a degassing valve. The front label shows the roasting style, tasting notes, region information and a little background story on the coffee. There is also an arty design of Ethiopia that gives the package a little extra flair. The roasting date can be found on the bottom.
When opening this package you will notice a sweet, candy-like aroma that carries notes of berries, a hint of caramel when inhaling very slowly and a floral note. The beans are equally roasted and there are no defects to be found in the package. Eating a bean gives a hint of saltyness before a roasted tea like bitterness comes forth. There is a note of liqourice and roses if you keep chewing the bean.
Layyoo Natural: The tasting.
I reviewed the Layyoo Natural on the Aeropress, V60 and Cafflano Go-Brew. I also brewed espresso with this coffee since its an omni-roast. This was done on the Rocket Giotto Evo R and Eureka Atom Specialty 75. The espresso part will be a little shorter than usual because I think this coffee works best as a pour-over.
As an espresso this coffee does very well. The aroma on the brew is floral and definitely reminds me of roses and the green leafs. There is also an underlaying hint of chocolate/caramel on the nose but it’s very faint. The first thing you’ll notice on the coffee is the suppleness and smoothness of the mouthfeel. This will change because of the pommegranate tart, that pops up gradually, creating soft tannins in your mouth.
The flavour of the coffee is a nice floral one; dried flowers and roses while a fruity sweetness also peeks around the corner. When you swallow this coffee you will feel a short ‘spicy’ sensation in the back of your throat. When the coffee cools down, the fruity flavours come forth more easily and you will distinghuish raspberry and pommegranate. The aftertaste is long lasting with floral notes mostly.
As a pour-over I got the best results on the Hario V60 using 27 clicks on the Comandante. As you brew this coffee the floral notes will be right in your face. Roses, dried flowers and even hints of lavender and thyme/rosemary. The moment the brew gets poured into a glass, the aroma’s change into raspberry and floral/spring laundry softener. Later on there is sugared tea and a hint of vanilla blossom as well. The laundry softener sounds strange but that’s exactly what it is.
Take a sip and slurp oxygen inside. Swirl the coffee round and focus on the mouthfeel first. Smooth, silky and a little sour at first, until the raspberry jumps in with the fruity sweetness. As the coffee cools down, the raspberry is accompanied by a flavour of roses and the green leafs. When you notice the raspberry fading into the background, there is a flavour of pommegranate added to the palette as well as a soft tartness. This produces tannins in your mouth.
When you swallow this coffee you will get an earl grey flavour, a hint of raspberry and some floral notes that go nicely with the tartness of the pommegranate. The pineapple acidity stays throughout the experience the whole time. What a nice coffee!
Bruegel and Son aren’t really on the market yet, but I cannot wait for it to happen. The Layyoo Natural is a super floral coffee with a nice subflavour of raspberry. The pommegranate and pineapple come forth more in mouthfeel aspect than in clear notes, but they do add to the whole experience.
I am not a big fan of Omni-roast coffee because I think it always downplays both ends. This coffee, however, offers a whole different experience when brewing it as an espresso. The notes are more towards dried herbs and floral notes and less towards fruity notes. There’s even a hint of choco/caramel to the espresso in the aftertaste that really rounds it off.
Great job Bruegel and Son!