Seniman Flores is from an incredibly popular cafe right in the middle of Bali. For some reason, I did not visit their cafe the last time I went to Bali. This time around, I made it a point to visit them, and I was glad I did. It resulted in me returning to their cafe with incredibly friendly staff every day.
Seniman is so popular that they have about 4 shops next to each other. A couple of them are the cafe itself, where they have a huge menu of speciality coffee and multiple brewing methods that you can choose from. On the opposite is their store with a wide collection of beans and gears. Next to it is their roasting complex where they freshly roast all of their beans and conduct workshops.
Flores was the first coffee I was intrigued by because it had a unique composition and it was the only coffee that was not available in their cafe to taste. So that’s the coffee I wanted to try first.
Flores is a medium roast 100% Arabica bean. Seniman claims that it has raw sugar sweetness with hints of caramel, dark chocolate, and coca. So I put it to test as soon as I got my hands on the beans on my aeropress.
Flores Blind Testing
Other than the basic notes, Seniman had very little description about the Flores. It made things easier for us to perform a blind testing and build a taste profile. However, we do have to say that this is very subjective. Some people cannot make out subtle tastes, while others can. This changes the entire view of the coffee.
Making coffee is an art, and it starts with the smell. Dry smell is the smell of the coffee bean before we even start grinding it. A good smell puts us in the right mood.
Seniman Flores had a pleasantly confusing smell. It smelled great. But it was one of those beans where it was hard to make out a smell. It had slight scents of raisin, caramel, coca, and somewhat strong scent of chocolate.
Wet smell is the smell of the coffee once it is fully prepared. It is incredibly important because while drinking coffee, it is the smell that hits our nose even before the coffee hits our tongue. So the smell makes up a significant part of our notion about the coffee.
With Seniman Flores, I got strong scents of Citrus and Dark Chocolate. They were very pleasant and I caught myself smelling them for longer instead of drinking the coffee!
Seniman Flores Taste
While Seniman Flores had an impressive smell, I was not blown away by the taste. Don’t get me wrong, it was still good coffee. But I felt it lacked something unique that sets it apart from other coffees.
Flores had a hint of citrus and a good amount of Coca. I was underwhelmed with the taste.
While the taste was not up to the mark, Seniman Flores had an extremely impressive aftertaste. It had a smooth buttery finish with hints of caramel lingering in my mouth. I kept sipping this coffee just for the aftertaste.
Seniman Flores Final Verdict
Seniman Flores is a nice attempt at trying to create something unique. However, it fell flat on its taste. With that said, I did reach out to it constantly for its smell and especially that smooth buttery finish. Flores is not for everyone. But it is definitely worth trying if you happen to visit their cafe in Bali.
- Roaster: Seniman
- Origin: Indonesia, Flores
- Bean Type: 100% Arabica
- Roast Level: Medium
- Acidity: Low
- Sweetness: High
- Bitterness: Low
Drip Score: 3/5
You can buy Flores from Seniman Shop here.