Ritual Coffee Roasters

Ritual Coffee Roasters. These roasters were my gateway beans into the wide world of  coffee roasters.  Years ago, I received a 6m subscription from Ritual coffee.  Back then I was still making my latte along with an overnight cold brew.  I was amazed at just how different beans could impart such different tastes, texture and aromas.  And the were all roasted by one company.  Anyways, I went up to Northern California recently and stopped by one of Ritual Coffee’s many outlets and picked up these beans from Colombia.

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Opening the bag, I’m greeted with nutty and floral aromas.  This brings me back to some of the early memories of opening the Ritual bags when I received them in the mail.  After making my latte, I start tasting this pleasant citrus flavor that seems to morph into this chocolate flavored after taste.

Jumpy Monkey Coffee

What happens  when monkeys drink too much coffee?  A Jumpy Monkey!  OK ok… that was bad.  January’s Angels cup comes from an aptly titled roaster called Jumpy Monkey.  Aside from the bright red bag (in preparation for the Lunar New Year), it’s a celebration or orange and jasmine aromas from these Kenyan beans.  According to Google, Kichwa Tembo is from the southern area of Kenya near Lake Victoria.  Interestingly around this area is a lot of the nature reserves.

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After making my latte, I’m surprised at the subdued flavors.  The citrus and jasmine disappears and what I start tasting is a subtle chocolate, nutty and earthy flavor.  There’s also no lingering after taste.  I wonder how/why aftertastes are “formed” through the roasting process.

 

Wildgoose Coffee Roasters

Not part of Angels Cup, I stumbled across an independent coffee shop.  After buying their latte, I found the coffee to be delicious and ended up buying a bag of beans that they used.  Although the coffee shop doesn’t actively roast their own beans, they source the beans from few local/SoCal roasters.  Wildgoose Coffee Roasters comes from Redlands.  Reading the website, these roasters set aside part of the money from selling beans to donate to food banks.

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These beans comes from Honduras.  I’ve had very few beans roasted from Central American so these should be a nice treat from the usual Ethiopian beans that I’ve been getting.  Opening the bag, a fruity yet not too nutty aroma greets me.

While making my latte, I noticed that crema foam on top is pretty thick and decided to skim a bit into my mug.  After making the latte, the first sip was pretty amazing.  Berry and floral flavors danced on my tongue.  The after taste after each sip was so delicious that I savored every drop.  Knowing about the roaster’s donating to the food bank, makes this coffee worth getting when I stop by the coffee shop.

Vashon Coffee Company

December’s Angels Cup comes from Vashon Coffee Company.  The beans are from Ethiopia from a Benti Nenqa.  I am not familiar with the name of this region but I know that I’ve had beans from Sidamo, Yirgachefe and Guji regions.  Researching where this Hambela Estate on Google shows that it’s seems to be in the southern regions of Guji.

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Floral and berry aromas greet me as I open the bag.  Making my latte, I taste berries and nuts.  There’s a sweet chocolate after taste that lingers at the back of my tongue with every sip.  These Ethiopian beans have a pretty distinctive taste.

Botanical Roasters

November’s Angels Cup comes from Botanical Roasters. The beans come from Zambia’s Kateshi Ngoli which from Google appears to be a coffee estate.  Reading about the background of these estates, it sounds very similar to a self contained city/compound with housing, nurseries and classrooms — very cool.

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To be honest and I’ve said this before, coffee beans tend to smell very similar to each other.   I smelled a mix of nutty, earthy and berry aromas for these beans.  However, I noticed that after grinding the beans, the resulting ground looked very fluffy and light.  The ground beans looked significantly different than previous beans as scooped it out into the Aeropress.

Taking the first sip of my latte was amazing: sweet honey, chocolate, berry and even grape  flavors.  After that first sip, I ended up drinking the rest of it in pretty much one continuous long drink.  It was really that good.  I haven’t had a latte where guzzled it down in one shot.

Caffe Vita Roasting

This is a bonus coffee bag that I bought from a recent trip.  It’s a collaboration between Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting and Theo Chocolate. I’m not sure what prompted the collaboration but it was worth trying.  Chocolate has been known to go well with coffee.

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This is blend of various coffees from Indonesia, Central America and South America.  When I first opened the bag, I got very strong chocolate, earthy, nutty aromas.  It reminds me of the type of aromas you might smell from Kona coffee as well.  From the website, I have no idea what “fruit leather or cigar box” would even smell like.

After making my latte, the first sip always surprises me.  It honestly tastes similar to when I make my latte using Kona beans.  The chocolate flavors hits my tongue first followed by hints of intermingling berry flavors with each sip.  There is also a slight bitterness with each sip but it varies from day to day.  The level of bitterness also varies with the level of nutty aftertaste that lingers at the back of the tongue as well.

Anyways, I’m pretty satisfied with this blend.  It’s a different flavor profile than the usual single origin beans that I get from Angels cup.  Next up is the November offering.