San Antonio Coffee Roasters

This month’s Angel’s Cup comes from San Antonio Coffee Roasters with their catchy tagline of “What’s Brewing?”  They even included a nifty sticker which I’ve already stuck onto the coffee canister.  The beans come from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region.  I’ve received beans from this region in the past.

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I can never get enough of the aroma of roasted coffee beans.  This bag is no exception.  There’s a strong berry and nutty aroma followed by whiffs of chocolate.  Putting the beans through the grinder, the espresso powder changed to a much stronger chocolate aroma followed by this lingering sweet smell.

Prepping the latte, my first sip had a flavor explosion of berries, and nuts.  With the second sip, I could feel this thick latte coating my tongue.  After the berries and nuts flavor subsided, I got hints of caramel and chocolate towards the back of the tongue.  As I continued to drink the latte, I got a strong toffee and chocolate aftertaste.  The latte was smooth and was one of the most sippable lattes that I’ve made.

 

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Gotham Coffee Roasters

This month’s Angel’s Cup (or maybe next month?) comes from Gotham Coffee Roasters.  It’s another Ethiopian coffee from the Guji area.  I think it’s the same region as the Guji Sidamo coffee beans that I’ve gotten before from other roasters in the past.  I do have to say that this packaging is simple yet stylish.  I think there’s something about the simple two color design similar to the Ritual Coffee Roaster bags.

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Upon opening the bag, this wonderfully fruity/berry, chocolaty and licorice aroma greets me.   On a second sniff, I get this distinct nutty, earthy aroma that smells very much like many of the other African coffee beans… perhaps it’s a “regional” aroma?  I feel that the South American beans have a similar yet different nutty aroma.  Grinding the beans brings out the chocolaty licorice aroma followed by a strong blueberry aroma.  That nuttiness lingers on kind of like an after-smell.  Is there such a word?

Sipping my latte, it’s an explosion of different flavors.  Blueberry hits first. Followed by hints of licorice and chocolate.  Then the latte cycles back for some more fruity flavors of peach and it ends with this gentle peanut/nutty after taste.  The latte leaves this nice coated nutty flavor on my tongue.  The smoothness of the latte is also amazing.  I have at times found myself wanting more of the latte.  I think that shows just how delicious this bag of beans is.

 

 

 

Passion House Coffee Roasters

This months Angel’s Cup coffee subscription service comes from Passion House Coffee Roasters.  The beans come from Rwanda’s Lake Kivu Kanza.  As I open the bag, an aroma of licorice, cherry, and hints of raisin(?) greets me.  I don’t think I’ve ever tasted beans from Rwanda.  So this bag will be a nice change to see if a different African region will have a slightly different profile.

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After grinding the beans, the licorice aroma is much stronger and a cocoa aroma emerges as well.  This smell is actually pretty addicting.  I caught myself sniffing the ground beans a couple times to enjoy that aroma.

Brewing my latte, the licorice and chocolate flavor becomes the dominant taste in the first few sips.  I also taste some cherry and raisins as well.  Surprisingly, I don’t get that strong earthy nutty taste typical of many of the previous coffee beans I’ve gotten.  However, I do taste this nutty flavor in the aftertaste.  This is an extremely smooth coffee that drinks very quickly.

Black Oak Coffee Roasters

This month’s Angels Cup comes from Black Oak Coffee Roasters.  The specific beans come from Ethiopia’s Gedeo/Yirgacheffe region from a farm called Chelelektu Mill.  I’ve previously had tasted beans from this region as well as beans from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia.

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Opening the bag of beans rewards me with a sudden rush of toffee, berry, nutty and earthy aromas.  After grinding, the nutty berry aromas are accentuated as I transfer the ground beans into the Aeropress.  I was sniffing the container holding the ground beans between each transfer into the Aeropress.

The latte was exceptionally smooth.  I tasted the toffee and berry flavors with subtle strawberry aftertaste at times.  The earthy and nutty aromas linger in the aftertaste as well too.

Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters

January’s Angel’s Cup comes from Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters.  The beans are from Ethopia if the label wasn’t clear.  Based on this pdf from Batdorf and Bronson website, Guji is a subregion of Sidama.  I recently had a Sidama zone coffee from de Fer Coffee.

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The initial bag aroma consists of berries, nuts and hints of citrus zest.  Drinking the latte, I taste this wonderful blueberry and peanut butter flavor that coats on the tongue.  As I continue to sip the latte, there is an herbaceous after taste that hits me about 15 seconds after each sip.  Unlike the “chocolate milk flavor” from de Fer Coffee beans, I don’t get that same flavor with these beans.

 

Kauai Coffee Company

Not part of Angel’s Cup, I recently obtained a bit of some Hawaiian coffee from the island of Kauai.  The Kauai Coffee Company grows beans that is separate from the popular Kona region in Hawaii.

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The aroma of strong ash, blueberry and nuts permeate the kitchen when I first open the bag.  Ash?  Ya… These coffee beans are grown on lava fields.  I think the “ashiness” is imparted into the beans to give these Hawaiian beans (including Kona) a more unique taste and aroma.  It seems like each island will have it’s own unique flavor.

When I’m making the espresso syrup, I’ve noticed that my normal two scoops of beans usually gives only 20 grams of ground coffee when normal beans tend to give me about 25 grams.  I guess the Hawaiian beans are smaller than what I normally get.

The latte exudes a strong earthy/ashy flavor as well as bits of blueberry, nutmeg and peanut flavor.  As I enjoyed the latte, I started noticing the ashy flavor evolving into a very chocolaty flavor.  The aftertaste leaves a pleasant peanut butter.  I fully enjoy this particular beans for it’s changing profile.

Bridge Coffee Company

December’s coffee comes from a California roaster called Bridge Coffee Company.  The beans are from El Salvador from a region known as Ataco, Ahuachapan.  According the Bridge Coffee website, these are “limited edition” beans directly from the grower Villa  Espana.  If that’s not impressive, the growers are family farmers who won the 2009 Cup of Excellence.

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The beans have a blueberry nutty aroma.  Grinding the beans releases a wonderful aroma chocolate intermingling with berries.  After making the latte, that first sip gave me an incredibly smooth taste.  The creaminess of the latte was perfect from start to finish throughout the palate.  This latte was meant to be slowly enjoyed in the morning eating breakfast.