Jumpy Monkey Coffee

October’s Angels Cup comes from JumpyMonkey Coffee. They’re from Papua New Guinea which I don’t think I’ve had the pleasure of tasting before. Specifically the beans from this Ulya Waghi Valley region which from the looks of the Google Map is situated pretty much in the middle of the country.

Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a very smoky, ashy aroma. The aroma reminds me of a dark roasted Kona or Maui coffee smell some time ago. While the beans are being scooped out to be grounded, I start getting whiffs of fruity aromas.

After making my latte, on that first sip, I taste this deep smoky, roasted, and brown sugar flavor that very much reminds me of the recent Julian Coffee Puerto Rico beans or the Taiwan Dongshan beans. The deep smokiness also is reminiscent of Kona but there’s less acidity. The initial smoky flavor fades into this wonderful chocolate after taste that coats the tongue. What’s interesting is that this coating doesn’t last too long and each sip almost always starts with the smoky flavor that fades into chocolate. Sometimes I get hints of citrus when I immediately go for a 2nd or 3rd drink quickly. But for the most part, I’ve been taking my time to really enjoy this coffee.

Ritual Coffee Roaster

October’s Trade Coffee (referral link) comes from Ritual Coffee Roaster. These beans come from Colombia. Colombian beans have been fairly rare so not only am I excited to try the beans but I am actually pretty excited to try this roaster again. For some context, before I started down the path of monthly and then semimonthly coffee deliveries from various roasters, I was gifted a short term subscription to Ritual Coffee as a birthday gift years ago. I’m not sure if the current version of this blog will contain my reviews from the subscription period. But I may have bought and reviewed beans from Ritual whenever I went up to the SF Bay Area.

I smell hints of berries and citruses with subtle hints of toffee. The subtleness of these aromas makes me want to just smell the beans forever. Making my latte, I taste berries, fruits and a subtle milk chocolate after taste. What I find interesting is that with each subsequent sip the flavors are changing to a more fruity/peach flavor. In addition the milk chocolate after taste also begins to take on this more nutty flavor that just sits at the back of the throat. I’m always disappointed that I finish my latte so fast. It just goes to say how delicious these beans are.

Cafe Kreyol Coffee Hunter Project

September’s Angels Cup comes from Cafe Kreyol. The beans come from the Ramirez Estate Microlot in Dominican Republic. I haven’t had too many beans from the Dominican Republic. I’m not sure what it means to be “Red Honey Processed.”

Opening the bag, I am initially greeted with a wonderful sweet and fruity aromas. As I prepare to grind, the aroma morphs into a pleasant chocolate, earthy, nutty aroma. This mix of sweet, fruity, chocolate and nutty aroma is such a great aroma every time I go make my latte. After grinding and making my latte, the first sip has a very subtle sweet and fruity flavor. There is a pleasant chocolate after taste that lingers at the back of the tongue after every sip. The smoothness of the latte is pretty amazing.

Broadsheet Coffee Roasters

September’s Trade Coffee (referral link) comes from Broadsheet Coffee Roasters. The beans come from El Salvador in Central America. I haven’t had too many beans from this region especially from El Salvador so this will be a nice treat.

Opening the bag, I’m greeted with aromas of honey, sugar, and fruity aromas. A subtle nutty aroma also lingers at the end with each sniff. Making my latte, the initial sip brings an explosion of citrus flavors mixed with a subtle brown sugar taste. A few sips later, a wonderful rich chocolate flavor emerges coating my tongue. The subtlety of the flavors are pretty amazing. Every time I’ve made my latte, I always end up sipping and enjoying the flavors as they dance on my tongue.

Ironclad Coffee Roasters

The August’s Angels Cup offering comes from Ironclad Coffee Roasters. The beans are from Ethiopia’s Kochere region in the Gedeo Zone. These beans are apparently roasted two ways (light and medium).

Opening the bag, I smell strong aromas of berries, oats and yogurt. Grinding the beans, I also start smelling this subtle nutty aroma mingling with the oats and berries. Making my latte, the first sip brings an explosion of berry, peach and honey flavors. As the coffee coats my tongue, I realize that there’s a subtle milk chocolate after taste. The nutty flavor also comes out with each taste. I think this is an interesting blend of two types of roasted beans. This is the first time a roaster sent beans in this fashion. It’d be interesting to see something similar from other roasters in the future.

Portland Coffee Roasters

August’s Trade Coffee (referral link) comes from Portland Coffee Roasters.  The artwork on the packaging is pretty cool.  If you go to their website, they names and a short description of their role in the coffee process from farming to roasting to coffee making.  The beans come from Columbia’s Fincal Palmichal which if you read the website description is on the western side of the Andes.  

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Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a wonderful fruity aroma.  After making my latte, the first sip was had a pleasant fruity berry flavor.  Continuing to drink the latte, I start tasting hints of sweet sugar and a wonderful nutty chocolate aftertaste that lingers in the back of the tongue.  Lately, I’ve noticed that a lot of crema is generated after I pour in the hot water to brew.  So with the past few lattes, I’ve been manually scooping out the crema into my coffee cup prior to pressing.  Although I’m not sure if the taste changes, I feel like my tongue is coated much faster with the nutty chocolate aftertaste with the crema that I scoop.  Makes me wonder what’s in that crema

Gimme! Coffee Roasters

July’s Angels Cup comes from Gimme! Coffee.  The simple design of a red circle with a white exclamation mark is ingenious.  The coffee beans comes from Columbia.  From the description of the coffee, the beans come from a high quality region managed by one man which can only be a good thing right?

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Opening the bag, I’m greeted with aromas of peach, sugar and a lingering nutty aroma.  Grinding the beans opens up the nutty aroma even more.  After making my latte, the first sip had hints of burnt caramelized sugar, fruity flavors and a very subtle milk chocolate after taste.  Each subsequent sip though, the burnt caramelized sugar flavor became the dominant flavor overpowering everything else.  To me it felt like I was drinking a brown sugar milk drink with hints of coffee and nuts.

Panther Coffee

July’s Trade Coffee (referral link) comes from Panther Coffee.  Nicaragua is another country in the coffee belt that I’ haven’t had many opportunities to taste coffee beans from.  These beansare from the Las Cuchillas Jinotega region.

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The beans arrived at the same time as the 2nd Angels Cup beans. Opening the bag, the beans had a subtle fruity aroma.  Occasionally with each sniff, I would get hints of a honey and nut aromas.  Making my latte, a subdued fruit flavor peachy flavor emerges reminding me that it is peach season.  There is a pleasant milk chocolate aftertaste that lingers at the back of the tongue.  After a few sips, the milk chocolate flavor becomes much more dominant after each sip with the fruity flavor becomes the aftertaste.

Little Amps Coffee Roaster

I had accidentally updated the frequency of Angels cup delivery to twice a month.  It should be set back to once a month now since I have two coffee subscriptions now.  So June’s 2nd Angel’s cup comes from Little Amps Coffee Roasters.  These beans are from Columbia’s Finca La Argentina in Tolima.  Based on Google maps, this is a pretty high elevated region in the world.

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The aroma smells wonderful.  I get hints of floral, fruity and berry aromas.  On a second whiff, I also get this subtle earthy aroma.  Making my latte and on the first sip, the berry and fruity flavors stand out amazingly well.  I also get this strong earthy, nutty after taste that lingers and coats the back of my tongue.  This coating left an unexpected slight bitterness after each sip.  I say unexpected since many of the beans that had a floral and fruity aroma rarely had any bitterness as well.  So it was surprising to taste the flavor profile evolving after a few sips.