Civil Coffee Roasters

Earlier this month, I picked up a new roaster called Civil Coffee. I wanted something non-African and settled on these Columbian beans. Based on the description, these beans were the winner of a local competition in the Columbian mountain ranges.

Upon opening the bag, I smelled hints of nuts and fruits. Making my latte, I was surprised at the various flavors. I tasted citrus, nuts, a hint of honey and chocolate flavors with the first sip. As I neared the bottom of the cup, the flavors become more intensely dark chocolate. The sweetness from the latte carries through to the last sip.

Irving Farm New York Coffee

June’s Trade Coffee comes from Irving Farm New York Coffee. The beans come from the Mushonyi Washing Station in Rwanda. I don’t recall having had many beans from Rwanda. Hopefully this will be a treat.

Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a subdued aroma of honey, fruits and herbs. To be honest, the intense aroma from the last coffee is really hard to beat. Making my latte, I am initially underwhelmed at the smooth subdued nature of the latte. It’s actually a little hard to taste the citrus honey flavor. I will admit that the latte is very easy to drink, like chocolate milk. Having made a few lattes since, the subdued flavors make the latte’s very much like chocolate milk.

Equator Coffee

I’m almost all caught up with my coffee subscriptions. For May, Trade Coffee sent these delicious beans from Equator Coffee. The beans are single origin from the southern part of Ecuador (Espindola, Loja) in South America. I’ve actully been impressed with previous Equator roasted beans in the past. I found them to be consistently delicious.

Opening the bag, I smell this wonderful herby, citrus, fruity aroma. Making my latte, I think my expectations were too high and I was somewhat disappointed. I was expecting to be blown away by the fruity herby flavors but what I tasted was a very subdued herby/black tea flavor with hints of citrus and sweetness mixed in. Making more lattes in the following days, the subtle black tea flavor was perhaps the most defining taste for these beans. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing but just something different I suppose.

Theodores Coffee Roaster

Roasted in early May, Angels Cup (referral link) sent me beans from Theodore’s Coffee Roaster. The beans are from Nicaragua. With the recent selections of beans from Central America, I’m noticing differences in the taste of these beans relative to the African beans.

Opening the bag earlier this week, I smell fruity sweet aromas with a hint of peanut butter at the end. Making my latte, the fruity aroma morphs into this delicious peach-y/apple-y flavor. The nutty aroma also introduces now a nutty after taste that sits at the back of the throat. There’s also this pleasant caramel sweetness with each sip.

Metric Coffee

I received this bag of beans from Trade Coffee (referral link) about 4 weeks ago. The beans were roasted by Metric Coffee and are single origin beans from Honduras. The map coordinates N14° 54′ 40″ by W88° 05″ 32″ apparently point to Las Vegas, Honduras. According to the description, the beans originate from the farms outside of Las Vegas, Honduras. I admit adding map coordinates is a pretty neat way to tell people where beans come from.

The initial aroma of berries and dried fruit permeate the first deep inhale. Grinding the beans and then making my latte, I am greeted by a fruity, nutty taste. After the first sip, I start tasting this chocolate aftertaste that lingers at the back of the mouth. I find that these Honduras beans taste differently from the previous beans. Although both are single origin from Honduras, these beans have a different profile. Comparably, I preferred the previous beans over this one.

319 Coffee Roasters

These coffee beans came roughly 5 weeks ago. Interestingly enough, the front label doesn’t show that it’s from 319 Coffee Roaster, but the back label does (which I don’t have a picture of). The beans are still up for sale on their website that show the same sticker. I hypothesize that because the bag in the online store already has the roaster logo, the bag I received must have been part of a bulk packaged kind. Regardless I was excited to try beans from Honduras. I haven’t had too many beans from Honduras.

Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a subdued aromas of berries and chocolate. Making my latte, the first sip had this smoothy velvety chocolate milk flavor. There was also a slight nutty/toffee after taste with each sip. I also tasted a hint of sweetness with each subsequent taste.

Luminous Coffee

Slowly trying to catching up with the coffee subscription. Luminous Coffee sent beans from Kenya. According to the website, Gatuya Coffee Factory is a washing station where local farmers in the region bring in their coffee harvest for processing.

These beans had a subtle berry and chocolate aroma upon first opening the bag. Grinding the beans and making my latte, I taste a toffee, peachy and nutty flavor. I find it interesting that my second sip had a more blueberry flavor instead of peach. After making lattes on subsequent days, I find that peach flavor to be more pronounced usually on the first sip morphing into a blueberry flavor later. It should be noted though, I had a slight cough during this time so that could also be affecting my tastes too.

Verve Coffee Roaster

Verve Coffee Roaster is one of California’s coffee roasting companies based out of Santa Cruz. These are single origin beans from Ethiopia. Unlike other Ethiopian beans, there is a unique subtleness to this bag. I have had lattes made from Verve beans before at the small coffee shops.

Opening the bag, there’s a faint citrus and nutty aroma. Overall the aromas were very subdued and that gave me a slight concern that the beans might be too old. Pushing forward and making my latte, the taste of the latte wasn’t very impressive. The latte had a “normal” taste. Many of the strong flavors associated with coffee are not present in the latte. Instead, I get this consistent grain/wheat taste with every sip. Is this a result of the roast?

Novo Coffee

Apologies. I’ve been slow to post and I’m still trying to catch up. I don’t remember if these beans from Novo Coffee are from Angels Cup or Trade Coffee. According to the description, these are single origin peaberry from Papua New Guinea! I rarely get to taste peaberry coffee let alone something from Papua New Guinea.

Opening the bag, I only smell faint hints of berries and nuts. I’m not sure if this is a result of not being able to open and taste the beans shortly after receipt. I unfortunately don’t have any container for unopened bags. The aroma starts to open up as I stir the beans a bit in the bag. Grinding the beans, the full aroma of chocolate and berries hits me before transferring over to the Aeropress. After making my latte, I taste chocolate and berry flavors. I’m surprised at how subdued the flavors are. Sometimes, I also taste a hint of flowers as part of the after taste that lingers at the back of the tongue. I am a little surprised at how subtle the flavors are.

My past experiences with peaberry coffee were from Hawaii’s Kona Coffee region.

Little Waves Coffee Roaster

I am straight up backlogged with multiple bags of coffee. I’m finally finished with the sudden influx of beans from January and February. Going back to my subscriptions, February’s Angels Cup delivers a bag of beans from El Salvador roasted by Little Waves Coffee Roaster.

Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a sweet fruity aroma. Making my latte, I taste a sweet raisin, sweet berry, maple syrup flavor. There’s a subtle molasses after taste as well. Subsequent sips also reveal a chocolate flavor that kind of just lingers along with that molasses. I’m a little disappointed I wasn’t able to taste this when I first got it. I think this would have been much more aromatic and a deeper chocolate aftertaste.