Greater Goods Coffee Roaster

February’s Angels Cup comes from Greater Goods Coffee Roaster.  The beans are from Ethiopia’s Guji region which I’ve had the pleasure of tasting from various different roasters.  Each roaster tends to roast the beans differently imparting a slightly different flavor profile.  Greater Goods is no different.

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Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a very floral aroma.  It’s one of the most floral smells ever that lingers in the nose.  After mixing the beans a bit though, a subtle toffee aroma emerges with the floral smell.  Once I grind it, the aroma transforms into this nutty earthy smell.

Making my latte and with the first sip, I taste blueberry/blackberry flavors intermingling with this citrus-y aroma.  The flavor gradually morphs into a subtle sweet chocolate milk after the latte coats my tongue.

Manzanita Roasting Company

This bag of coffee beans is technically the January Angels Cup delivery.  It’s from Manzanita Roasting Company which is located down in San Diego.  The beans themselves are from Costa Rica.  Coffee00062

When I first opened the bag, I got a strong whiff of that greek yogurt/earthy aroma. It’s similar to the Angels Cup geisha beans from before.  I can’t seem to describe it any way else.  Until I find a better descriptor, yogurt-like aroma is what I’ll have to stick with.

Making my latte, that same aroma was even more intense with the first sip.  But disappears with each subsequent sip.   The chocolaty, nutty flavor emerges after that first sip.  This flavor evolves into a subtle berry after taste that lingers on the tongue.  

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.