Posts Tagged ‘Home roasting’

Roast Review: Don Mayo’s “La Ponderosa”

March 4, 2010

The Don Mayo Micro-Mill’s “La Ponderosa” (Costa Rica) might be the first coffee that ever truly reminded me of wine. There is a wonderful cocoa aroma upon grinding that gives way to milk chocolate in the brewed cup. However, as the cup cools, the chocolate gives way to the more wine-y characteristics: red grape and pomegranate tempered by well-balanced acidity. The coffee feels as though it is evaporating as you swallow, readying you for the next delightful sip.

Pairing suggestion: The National’s “All the Wine


Roast Review: Sulawesi Tana Toraja Ke’pe

February 3, 2010

Sulawesi, an Indonesian island, is old. Really old. Like, 100 million years old. An old island with old, iron-rich soil that supposedly accounts for its delicious coffee. This particular offering, the Tana Toraja Ke’pe, is not as exotic as its locale might suggest, but it is a fine, albeit mellow, cup of coffee. Black cherry and almond stand out in the dry aroma of the fresh grounds which then gives way to amaretto in the final product. The acidity is almost non-existent until the end when the liquid begins to gently tickle the back of  your tongue and throat. There is a certain earthiness to the flavor, as well as dark chocolate undertones. None of these characteristics particularly stand out, but that isn’t such a bad thing.

Pairing suggestion: The Death Set “Around the World


January 29, 2010

Roast Review: Honduras Organic – Daniel Ordoñez III Microlot

January 28, 2010

Cola has its time and place, ideally consumed every other week or so in the dead of summer. The Honduras Organic – Daniel Ordoñez III Microlot, when roasted just right, has just a hint of cola that hits a different, yet equally sublime, time and place in its cup. That cup is balanced with a touch of currant and a gentle twang of acidity. The coffee begins to resemble sweet butter as it cools, forcing a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Pairing suggestion: Bunker Hill’s “Hide and Go Seek”. It’s all about the excitement.