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Hario V60

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

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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Ritual Coffee La Piñona

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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Heart Kenya Gachatha

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

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

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

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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Devoción Toro

Devoción Toro. Just got this coffee in and I was super excited to try it given that it seems like such a cool and unique project (ultra fresh beans sourced from ultra difficult plots of land to farm). As I opened the bag, first impression was that the beans looked roasted darker than I usually like. Once ground, the grinds also look noticeably dark. Aroma also on the heavier roast side. At this point I was getting concerned. The typical pour over yielded a very solid cup of coffee that has a lot of flavor and intensity (nothing wrong technically with this at all), but I find the flavors to be masked with the flavors of heavier roasting, which is such a shame. I taste very little apart from dark chocolate and caramel. My wife will probably really enjoy this, but I find this very disappointing. Marketing seems better than the product. Probably best to make Latte and Espresso with this stuff.

A follow up on this post. I have been in contact with folks from Devocion and they have counseled me against brewing Toro using paper filter drip methods. Instead, they suggest using Aeropress or Espresso method. I don’t do either of those two, so Toro is […]

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