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Ritual Organic Aramo is amazing stuff. I have no idea how Ritual Coffee gets these coffees so right every time…this lot has such an amazing floral and spice aroma…but it is no slouch in the taste department either. Tons of nuanced flavors and lovely, sparkling acidity. The more coffee I drink from Ritual, the more I think they might be the roaster I would choose if I could only buy from one…
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Slate Coffee Roasters Gedeb Chelchele. On a more positive note, this Ethiopian coffee delivers the goods. Pretty hazelnut, lavender and chocolate flavors and a smooth texture yet ample of acidity and tension. Slate Coffee clearly know what they are doing when it comes to roasting their beans.
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I have been experimenting with brewers lately. When I started making pour over coffee years ago, my favorite roasters (Counter Culture, Stumptown, Blue Bottle) seemed to all use the beehouse/bonmac and given that I was a novice, I decided to use that brewer accordingly. The beehouse does make a beautiful cup for sure. More recently, I have been enamored with coffees from other roasters (Ritual) who prefer the Hario V60. So I tested the two brewers side by side and I have come down on the side of Hario. The coffee takes a bit more care to get right, but I get citrus notes and more nuance more easily and it also brews a touch faster. There is no right or wrong, but for now, the Hario is my tool of choice.
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Chromatic Ethiopia Guji Sidama is exactly as good as one could hope for it to be. Chromatic Coffee just absolutely nailed the roast on this batch. I am not sure I get exactly the same tasting note as described on the packaging, but it is close. To me, there is chocolate, lavender and spice. Quite an earthy coffee, too. Amid all that complexity the coffee projects a smoothness and effortless power. My son had a sip and said unsolicitedly “I like this better than your last one. It is smoother and has more flavor.” One of the better African coffees in a while.
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I have been enjoying this Counter Culture Finca Belgravia for the last few days. One of the better coffees I have had from Counter Culture Coffee in a while. This one is all about the nutty caramel notes and juicy feel to it. Has good acidity and power. This one is a blend of Bourbon and Tabi beans and it is noticeable right away that the beans are very small (as in African heirloom small). Lovely stuff.
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Ritual Coffee El Angel La Casa. This is the third and final item from the most recent batch of coffees I ordered and this one falls smack dab in the middle of the prior two in terms of my preference. I find it more complex and charming than the La Pinona, but not quite as interesting as the Nelson Ramirez. But I find I can get a very nice cup from brewing this.
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Ritual Coffee Nelson Ramirez should – on paper – be a lesser coffee than the La Pinona the other day. In this case though, I like the underdog. While I am having a hard time tasting the components as I left the house this morning, it feels like the coffee is, as a whole, more complete and rounded out than the other Honduran. Really nice stuff and I can highly recommend this.
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Ritual La Piñona this morning. I think the tasting note from Ritual is pretty much spot on. A very powerful coffee that I think warrants a little less coffee relative to the amount of water…especially if you like your coffee on the smoother side of things. @ritualcoffee roasted this one pretty much on the money and I continue to be impressed with their ability to let the bean shine without putting their roast imprimatur on it.
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Slate Guji also showed up at our house this week and it’s the polar opposite from yesterday’s Gachatha. For one thing, there is nothing round and chocolatey here. It is savory and full of lavender, pipe tobacco and lemon zest. Has a beautiful aroma, edginess and waves of flavor. Love this stuff and Slate Coffee really nailed this one.
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Heart Kenya Gachatha. Look what the mailman delivered this week. This is actually a AA coffee from the Nyeri district that has fully washed SL28 and SL34 beans blended. Very classic afternoon cup of coffee as it is incredibly round milk chocolatey and generous. What’s missing is some complexity, so the coffee has a slightly boring personality as a result. Perfectly decent stuff, and I think @heartroasters nailed the roast, but the beans just leave me somewhat cold. I’ll drink it, mind you, but this was not worth the price of admission for me.
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Heart Ethiopia Worka is good stuff. As always, Heart Roasters got the roast just right. When you freshly grind this, it is super fragrant and that quality extends into the cup. I pick up some lavender and lemon peel and lots of power on the mid-palate. As you can see, a simple pour over produces quite a thick crema, which I really love. It’s all heirloom varietal from the Gedeo Zone in Yirgacheffe and some of these beans are from very high elevation (2700m ASL). This one’s one worth repurchasing in the future.
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Ritual Coffee Roasters Hacienda Carmona. I don’t typically like or drink coffee that is not from Africa but this coffee has completely changed my views on both non-African coffees and Ritual. The Hama I drank a while back was good, but not as good as the choice African stuff from other roasters. This however is world class coffee all the way. The medium light roast gives a sweet hazelnut and chocolate flavor and a creamy texture. Think liquid Nutella but with a citrus note underneath it. Bourbon and Typica variety blend. No matter how good the beans @ritualcoffee roasted this batch absolutely perfectly. One of the best coffees I have ever ordered and one I would impel anyone who is passionate about coffee to seek out and brew. Wow.
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Devoción Wild Forest. As much as I complained about the Toro (I have been in touch with Devoción to better understand that coffee and how to best use it), I really like the Wild Forest. Very clean coffee that is nuttier but still maintains caramel and chocolate flavors. Super aromatic and the roast is much closer to what I like. My wife loves this fwiw. One comment I will leave here is that Devoción is somewhat unique in that they sell blends where not all of them are best used with a variety of brew methods. Toro (despite what it says on the bags) is for Espresso and Aeropress. Wild Forest is perfectly fine for drip. Others may vary, so I recommend contacting Devoción to ask questions before buying.
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Ritual Coffee Organic Hama. Very nice coffee. Super tiny beans, the smallest coffee beans I have ever purchased. Makes a super bright cup that has citrus, lilac and lavender. Very savory and floral, so not on the sweet side of things which I like. Unlike most coffees I buy, this isn’t dominant on the midpalate but rather the finish.
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