Steady State Roasting

November’s Trade Coffee comes from a roaster out in Carlsbad, CA called Steady State Roasting. The beans are Ethiopia’s Guji region. Frequent readers will recognize that I’ve actually received many roasted beans from this region in the past. The lattes I make are generally very delicious and always a solid choice.

However, this bag is slightly different. I find that the normal latte recipe gives a watered down espresso taste. This watered down taste takes away from the latte. Even the normal “coffee flavor” of the latte doesn’t have the normal strength typically tasted in the lattes. As a result, I’ve been decreasing the amount of water needed to brew inside the Aeropress to get rid of this watered down effect. So far, after a few tries, it’s made the latte very strong (typical) but suprisingly hasn’t really brought out more of the flavors. Puzzling….

319 Coffee Roasters

October’s Angels Cup comes from 319 Coffee‘s Spring Blend. I’m not sure why there’s a “spring blend” when it’s currently Oct/Nov and Fall/Winter. As a blend, the beans come from Ethiopia, Brazil and Columbia. Aside from the relatively non-descript packaging, the aromas are amazing. Everytime I open the bag, I smell fruits and nuts. Making my latte, I taste sweet honey and berries leading to a very caramelly nutty aftertaste that lingers at the back of the tongue.

Goshen Coffee

September’s Angels Cup comes from Goshen Coffee. As part of Goshen Coffee’s subscription service, these beans are marketed as high quality, rare and unique. This bag comes from Burundi. Opening the bag, the aromas of berries, nuts and fruits were amazing. Making my latte though, the first sip was amazing. The latte was sweet and fruity with a slight jasmine tea after taste. I enjoyed drinking the latte so much that I made a second one immediately after I finished. This is one truly amazing bag of coffee.

Mulvadi Corporation

Last month, I received a bag of Kona Coffee. The Kona coffee gifter also left another bag of Kona Coffee beans to enjoy one the first bag is finished. This week, I opened up and started sampling Mulvadi’s Kona Coffee. Similar to September’s Kona coffee, the latte had a much stronger ashen flavor profile from start to finish. The only other flavor I can descern was a dark chocolate after taste moments after swallowing each sip. Between the two beans, I prefer the Honolulu Coffee more.

Ritual Coffee

Trade Coffee sent Ritual Coffee for September’s coffee. The beans come from a single farm in Honduras. Ritual Coffee have always roasted consistently good beans that lead to great lattes. I was excited to see this familiar red bag after opening the packaging. Ritual was the original coffee subscription that started me down the path of wanting to try different roasters.

Making my latte, I taste a sweet nutty flavor that lingers at the back of my tongue after each sip.

Angels Cup Specialty Box

Angels Cup (one of my monthly coffee subscriptions) had a deal where a single roaster would investigate the different coffee processing methods and the subsequent flavor profiles from each method. Cafe Kreyol sent over four small bags of coffee beans that were processed differently: Washed (A), Red Honey (B), Natural (C), Aged Natural (D). I used the beans in order of A through D. After tasting the lattes from the bags, there are definitely flavor differences between the four different processing methods.

I really enjoyed the flavors in this order C > D> A> B. I tasted the most flavors from the Natural (C) processing where as Red Honey (B) was a totally subdued flavor profile. I initially enjoyed Washed (A) but after having Natural (C) and Aged Natural (D) and then going back to have Washed (A), the flavor strength of Washed didn’t compare to Natural/Aged Natural. I began to see why some of the coffee producing regions of Ethiopia mainly use Natural processing as there’s just so much flavor packed in each sip.

Free Space Coffee

September’s Angels Cup was slightly delayed because of the delicious Kona Peaberry. I received these Free Space Coffee early September but didn’t open the bag until approximately two weeks ago. The beans are from the famous Yirgacheffe region in Ethiopia. The sweet berry flavor is wonderful contrast to the dark chocolate berry flavor of the Kona peaberry.

Honolulu Coffee: Artisan Kona Roaster

I recently received a bag of Kona coffee from Hawaii’s Honolulu Coffee. These beans are more special as they’re Kona peaberries. I’ve always enjoyed Kona beans. They have a unique ashen aroma that hides a subtle dark chocolate berry taste. Because of how special (and more expensive) peaberries are, the roaster will take greater care in roasting which means a much more delicious cup of coffee!

Broadsheet Coffee Roasters

August’s Trade Coffee (referral link) comes from Broadsheet Coffee Roasters. The beans come from the Guji region of Ethiopia close to the popular Yirgacheffe and Sidamo region (map). These beans have a pleasant chocolate/fruity aroma and have nice fruitier taste than the Portola roasted beans from Guatemala that I posted aobut last month.