July’s Angels Cup comes from Coma Coffee Roasters. The beans are from Ethopia’s Limu region, a region that I haven’t tasted beans from. It’s northeast of the Yirgacheffe region. This map shows the regions of Ethiopia which puts the different locations into perspective.
The beans have a very subtle aroma of different berries, peach and a hint of spice… maybe cinnamon or cardamon. What’s interesting to me about these beans is that I don’t really smell that earthy nuttiness each time I open the bag. In quite a few past beans, I generally smell the nutty, toffee aroma upon opening the bag. After grinding the beans, the subtle berry aroma still persists but the hints of spice disappear. After using the Aeropress, the liquid espresso has a strong chocolate aroma prior to adding milk.
My first reaction on the first sip was that the latte does not have that nutty, toffee flavor. It was mind blowing after having so many lattes that have that nutty, toffee flavor. Yet the lack of this flavor brings out a different profile that I’m not used to. The berries and the peach flavor are still there. Each sip is smooth and also envelops the mouth with a subtle chocolate feel. Together with the berry flavor, the chocolate milk lingers at the back of the mouth with such a pleasant aftertaste.
Angel’s Cup delivered these Ethiopian Guji Region beans from Flat Track Coffee in early June. I’ve had it for awhile. Yes… it’s now late June and I’m only writing my thoughts after many a caffeinated days. They also sent a sticker!
It never ceases to amaze how amazing roasted beans smell. I’ve been getting these deliveries for some time and I’m constantly addicted to how wonderful the smell is. I can’t imagine how much more pleasing smelling fresh roasted beans would be. Now, admittedly these beans were opened a bit after they were roasted. The aroma was fairly subdued predominantly with berries and nuts. Upon grinding, the aroma blossomed into hints of cherry, toffee and cocoa.
Brewing my latte, I’m greeted with blueberry and peanuts flavors along with this strong earthy after taste that lingers at the back of my mouth. The flavors are much more subdued with these beans. Maybe I’m too used to drinking Ethiopian Guji region beans? Is that even such a thing?
May’s Angels Cup comes from Enderly Coffee Co. I got this in mid May but I’ve been a bit lazy posting my thoughts. If this roaster looks familiar, then that’s because Angels Cup previously sent me beans from this coffee roaster some time ago too. However unlike last time’s beans, these beans are from Rwanda. When I open the bag, I get hints of licorice, nuts and cherry. I also get this faint flowery hint too.
The smell of the beans after grinding is intoxicating. The subtle nut flavor blooms. Drinking my latte, that nutty flavor explodes on the first sip followed by a smooth velvety licorice and hints of chocolate and finally ending with this sweet aftertaste. The flavor subtleties of these beans is pretty broad. I think every time I’ve made my latte, the flavors change just a little bit. I’ve had a mix of fruity flavors and floral flavors at different times that I’ve made my latte.
I stumbled upon a pretty interesting coffee related link on while reading about food related items on Eater LA. Following the link, it led me to this Kickstarter campaign to buy coffee beans.
Honestly, I think the idea is pretty interesting and worth supporting. At the very minimum, you’re getting a bag of 12 oz beans for $15 when you pledge $30 or more. Even though I already have a coffee bean subscription via Angel’s Cup (Referral Code: CoffeeHunter12050), my motivation for subscribing to Angel’s Cup is to taste how different roasters roast coffee beans from all parts of the world. This Kickstarter campaign is no different. I am definitely excited to taste their first batch.
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.
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.
If you want to join Angel’s Cup coffee subscription, I’d very much appreciate if you use the my referral ID: CoffeeHunter12050. Thanks!
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.
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.
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.
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.