I’m only a month behind now with Angels Cup. Last month’s offering comes from 319 Coffee and it’s from Honduras. I’m excited to try coffee beans that originates from somewhere outside of Ethiopia.
From what I can learn from the Interwebz, the beans are from a farmer named Santiago who grew them on a small farm somewhere in Honduras. Even after 2 months, there’s a nice berry and floral aroma when I open the bag.
After making my latte, I’m amazed with the sweet, caramel and chocolaty taste. Every latte I’ve made so far, I’ve quickly drunk it down after that first sip.
I’m slowly catching up. We’re finally in April’s Angels Cup offering. These Sunergos Coffee beans are from a small African nation called Burundi. Specifically, the beans are from Kabingo/Kibingo washing station in a northern province called Kayanza.
I would like to think that the beans haven’t changed too much while unopened in the original package. I will admit that newly roasted beans have a better aroma. When I opened this 3 months after receiving, I get a huge whiff of the floral hints, a subdued nutty flavor and something else I couldn’t quite pinpoint. Brewing my latte, I realized what it was I couldn’t pinpoint. It was this strong yogurt flavor similar to the Geisha beans from the Angels Cup Christmas Black Box. Although the flavor wasn’t as strong as the Geisha, it’s pretty noticeable. After a few sips though, the yogurt flavor melds into this soft nutty flavor.
Black Oak Coffee recently won a coffee bean roasting competition. I know… a coffee roasting competition?! Anyways, I’ve had their beans in the past. These beans were consumed a little over two months ago. I unfortunately haven’t gotten around to posting this review until today.
So making my latte, there was a bunch of subtle flavors: chocolate, peach, nuts, berries. I got hints of everything but nothing really overwhelmed the other. It was smooth and left a sweet aftertaste. However, this just didn’t really make me go wow after each sip.
Did you know Taiwan has an environment that is capable of growing coffee beans? Taiwan is apparently located at the outer limit of acceptable.
The last time I was in Taiwan there was a local coffee shop called Oklao Coffee. Apparently there are a few locations in Taiwan that are growing beans. One is around the Alishan region (near central Taiwan) and another is at Dongshan (near the eastern coast). They are grown in the mountainous region. This coffee company bought and roasted these beans as well as other beans around the world. But seeing how they’re a Taiwan roaster using Taiwan grown coffee beans, I had to at least try them.
These beans actually have a very subtle floral aroma and maybe some berry. I’ve noticed that the aroma of the beans isn’t as great as when I first started getting beans and making lattes at home. Anyways, making my latte, I have to say I’m pretty impressed. These beans subtly remind me of the flavor of my latte when I use Kona beans. The latte was chocolaty and smooth.
When I saw this bag picture, the first thought I had was… “damn this looks like Madoka art when witches.” Anyways I am extremely behind on coffee posts. Previous coffees and a two week trip (where I also picked up more coffee) will have me super caffeinated in the following months to come.
This “month’s” post (and I use that term VERY loosely) comes from Docent Coffee. The beans are from Ethiopia’s Guji region. I’ve had these beans from the region before.
When I make my latte, the flavors are uniquely different. I get this sweet honey flavor mixed in with super ripe and sweet pineapple. That pineapple flavor actually reminds me of the sweetness from Taiwanese pineapple. After the first sip, the latte morphs into a delicious milk chocolate. Strangely enough, the colder this latte (by adding cold milk), the more delicious it actually is
I’m very behind with the Angels Cup coffee roasters. I think these beans are from January and comes from Sunergos Coffee. It’s also from Ethiopia’s southern Yirgacheffe region called Halo Bariti (another link). It’s pretty fascinating to read about the history of the region and where the beans come from.
Because of my “flu-like” symptoms, my congestion is really limiting what I can smell and my cough is limiting what I can taste. I’ve been drinking this coffee for about 2 weeks now and haven’t really been able to taste let alone smell anything until today. And even then, the smells and tastes are still subdued.
Opening the bag, it’s a very subdued aroma. I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that I am three months late in opening bag or that I haven’t regained my full sense of smell. Making my latte, I taste hints of peach and berry flavors. It doesn’t have the strong nutty/cocoa taste that I sometimes get with beans originating from Yirgacheffe. There’s also pleasant floral after taste that lingers at the back of the tongue. It goes down very smooth and I finish my latte very quickly.
I think I would enjoy these beans a lot more if my congestion clears up.
Over Christmas, I purchased the Geisha Gift box from Angels Cup. During the course of Angels Cup packaging and sending the gift box, Angels Cup mentioned that Theodore’s Roasters weren’t able to finalize and send the geisha beans. To support them not being able to send the beans, Angels Cup suggested buying from them to support. And so here I am, finally getting to taste.
A subtle, sweet and fruity aroma wafts up upon opening the bag. There is also a subtle hint of chocolate as well too. Grinding and brewing my latte, the subtleties of the beans really starts to stand out. Jasmine, oranges, chocolate, cherry and subtle nutty aromas and taste fade in and out with each sip. It’s pretty amazing.