Coffee is a natural next step for CAMUS: similarly to Cognac, coffee is an agricultural product strongly influenced by terroir, judicious harvesting, fermentation, application of heat, and – most of all – blending. Cyril Camus explains: “As I started to appreciate the diversity in coffee and learn about the complexity of its production, I realized how much similarity there is between creating a great Cognac and creating a great coffee. In both cases, a great product is the result of lasting relationships with growers, extreme care in crop selection, skilled craftsmanship in the production and transformation processes, experienced and intuitive blending, and an unmitigated drive for the best. I came to see that the abilities and attitudes that have become part of us over nearly 150 years of making Cognac are directly applicable to coffee. At CAMUS, we have a passionate drive for quality, and as a family business we have the long-term view and freedom to apply this to everything we do.”
So, we don’t review much coffee, but we had to take a stab at these expressions. I wonder if Cyril was inspired by this quote from fellow Camus, Albert?
Thoughts in the coffees follow.
Camus Coffee Signature Blend – A mild roast, clear nut characteristics and ample acidity. A simple, everyday roast with modest bitterness and a moderate to long finish, though the body is a bit on the thin side. B / $22 per 17.6 oz box [BUY IT HERE]
Camus Coffee French Roast – Bolder, though again quite nutty on the palate. On the whole more satisfying, with a somewhat earthy richness to the body that gives it more heft and a longer finish. A- / $22 per 17.6 oz box [BUY IT HERE]