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.

Brandywine Coffee Roasters

October’s Angels Cup comes from Brandywine Coffee Roasters.  The packaging bag is pretty nice but I forgot to take a picture of the hippos.  Fortunately, if you look at the website, different coffees future different pictures.  Anyways, October’s coffee comes from Columbia’s Antioquia region.  Specifically, (thanks to the power of the Internet), it’s from a small region called El Hato.

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Opening the bag, aromas of nuts and berries waft through the air.  Grinding the beans and making my latte, the first sip is was amazing.  I taste caramel, chocolate and berries with each taste.  There was such a pleasant nutty aftertaste and since was so smooth… I ended up drinking this so fast that I brewed another latte immediately after.  Subsequent lattes have been just as delicious and smooth.

Verve Coffee Roasters

September’s Angels Cup (yes you read that correctly!) comes from Verve Coffee Roasters.  These beans comes from Rwanda’s Karongi region.  I haven’t had many beans from Rwanda so I’m excited.

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The smell of the beans is amazing.  I get subtle floral and nutty aromas when I open the bag.  Making my latte, I get hints of berries and chocolate with every sip.  Sometimes I get a hint of nuts in the aftertaste but it’s really subtle.  I’m not sure why the nutty flavor comes and goes.  Thoughts?

I’ve also noticed that sometimes the espresso concentrate is too watered down and when mixed with the milk loses it’s normal latte punch. I’m weighing water in proportion to how much the grinds weigh and adding enough milk in proportion to how much espresso concentrate I extract.

S&W Craft Roasting

July’s Angels Cup comes in a very nondescript black bag. No design, no fancy logo.  You have to look at the bag carefully to realize that they are from this S&W Craft Roasting.  If you go to there website, it is one of the plainest/simplest websites relative to many of the other roasting companies that I’ve linked. These beans comes from the Cibao Region of the Dominican Republic.  The “Red Caturra” is apparently an Arabica varietal.

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Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a familiar aroma that I first encountered when I ordered the Geisha beans.  It’s that aroma of an over ripe apple and fermented(?) yogurt smell.  It wasn’t as strong as one of the Geisha beans but that smell is pretty evident.

Making my latte, the aroma of that fermented(?) smell persisted in the flavor as well.  I’m curious what chemical causes that smell and taste.  Despite this, the apple and maybe a slight berry flavor carries into the latte.  The chocolaty smoothness of the latte makes up for the aroma.

Wild Gift Coffee Roasters

July’s Angels Cup comes from Wild Gift Coffee Roasters.  The beans come from Peru from a region called Chirinos District in Cajamarca Province.  I think this is one of the first beans I’m trying that come from Peru.

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Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a wonderful aroma of berries and floral scents.  Grinding the beans releases a strong caramel and nutty aroma that overpowers any floral and berry scents.  Once I make the latte however, there is a balance between the chocolate, caramel and berry flavors.   There’s a faint floral taste as well too but it’s really subtle and lingers at the back of the tongue very quickly before it’s gone.

The latte is so smooth though that I tend to drink this really quickly.  Every latte I’ve made, I’ve finished within 3-5 minutes after making it.  In comparison, I will tend to sip some lattes.  I’m not sure what makes certain latte’s sip-able vs drinkable.