Black Oak Coffee Roasters: Siberia, El Salvador

image

Based out of Ukiah, CA, Black Oak Coffee Roasters are a company who strives in making good coffee. Using a culinary approach, Black Oak Coffee sources in small lots and roasts each coffee to ensure that it best showcases the aroma and flavors of said coffee at hand.

Black Oak are the type of coffee companies I like to hearing about. These guys understand coffee, and it seems wine too based on the wine analogies on their site.

Recently, what brought me to trying these guys (besides getting an email offering me coffee) was actually from a fellow blogger. I’ve been seeing quite a few reviews from Drew Moody over at Corner of the Cafe which was the main reason I decided to dive head first and try some coffee for myself.

I am not sure why it has taken me until now to check their coffee out, but then again with all these new roasters popping up it’s hard to keep up and to weed out the good between the mediocre and know who to try and who to avoid.

I am just happy to have broken the long line of not having any coffee from Black Oak Coffee. I am also happy to say that this and maybe the others are quite satisfying… 

Read More



Kuma Coffee: Panama Carmen Geisha

image

Last year I got to experience A Panama Esmeralda Geisha that not only was Mark’s first geisha offering for Kuma Coffee, but one geisha I really enjoyed. It definitely made one of my favorite coffees of that year. 

Fast forward to 2014, Mark has another Geisha on hand from the same region, but this one happens to be from a different farm. Carlos Aguilera, the farmer behind this lot had planted some geisha coffee about 5-6 years ago and this is the first year that the trees were able to produce enough cherries to harvest which was about 500-600lbs. Mark bought 100lbs which has now unfortunately sold out.

Another cool tidbit is that this coffee placed 4th in the “Best of Panama 2014” competition. 

Let’s see what it has to offer.

Read More



Passion House Coffee Roasters: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere

image

It has been quite a few months since my last Passion House Coffee. I can’t believe it has been so long. Feels like just yesterday. Mostly I am just thankful that I have great coffee in the house, and more so happy to be enjoying coffee again.

Quick thanks though to the kind folks at Passion House Coffee for sending me a gracious package of coffee to review. 

The last two coffees I had from them left such a positive impression on me that I knew I needed to try more, but with all these up and coming roasters and old ones I have yet to try, some days it’s hard to keep up with everyone and all these great things happening. That’s beside the point though… 

First up is their Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Kochere. 

Quick spoiler: this is the kind of Ethiopian coffee that steals my heart.

Read More



ludmillatyihorova:

The coffee“bean” is really the fermented seed of a cherrylike shrub, and if coffee is roasted carefully and brewed correctly, you can taste the flower and the fruit.



Supersonic Coffee: Ethiopia Wote

image

I can’t express how excited I am to have more Supersonic Coffee in the house to try. Their last shipment was of some Ethiopia Chelelectu, and it was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t really take notes on the coffee because I was happy just enjoying the coffee rather than thinking about writing about it.

This week, though, I’m sharing my thoughts on this Wote because it is one to talk about.

Read More



Terminus Coffee: Costa Rica Las Lajas

 image

You might know David & Mae, the writers behind the ever so lovely coffee blog, Purista… David & Mae have a knack for writing captivating coffee reviews that make you feel like you’re sitting beside them drinking the coffee at hand. Their reviews make mine feel like elementary chicken scratch. Basically, they have a way with words that have me in awe.

Writing coffee reviews just wasn’t the end game for this married duo. They’ve taken a huge leap forward and have acquired a Huky 500 (a roaster I hope to have in my house some day) and have started a roasting company of their own, Terminus Coffee.

Terminus Coffee is not your average run of the mill home roasting company. To call it a home roasting company is technically correct at this time, but it doesn’t seem fitting for them. I feel like they should be judged like any other roaster no matter the space that the roaster occupies. Big or small, house or shop, Terminus Coffee is here to make some waves…

Read More



Perc Coffee: Carrizal, Costa Rica

image

Perc Coffee really outdid themselves again with their latest surprise shipment they sent me recently. The Flor de Cafe, Costa Rica was just beautiful. Very flavorful, juicy, never a dull moment with it. I did have a little trouble the first few days dialing it in, but then out of nowhere it finally let me see what it had to offer and from there it was non-stop goodness.

Next up I have their Carrizal, Costa rica which was another coffee I really enjoyed. 

Read my thoughts after the jump…

Read More



steadfastloving:

found the coolest coffee shop at this beach. Sarasota FL is doing something right.


Love logging onto Tumblr to see this at the top of my feed. My local cafe, Perq Coffee Bar… Glad to see people are loving this place. 

steadfastloving:

found the coolest coffee shop at this beach. Sarasota FL is doing something right.

Love logging onto Tumblr to see this at the top of my feed. My local cafe, Perq Coffee Bar… Glad to see people are loving this place. 



Home Coffee Roasting: Kenya Kirinyaga Kiangoi AA

image

After testing a new heat profile I found online, I realized after tasting it that I had something wonderful on my hands finally. This coffee is just bangin’.

With much research and quite a bit of ruined beans, I finally had a batch worth writing about.

Read my notes after the jump…

Read More



Perc Coffee: Flor De Cafe, Costa Rica

image

Man, Perc Coffee just knows how to please my palate. From the Finca Kassandra, Mexico, which to put it simply was mind blowing delicious to their solid Chelelektu, Ethiopia which was the kind of coffee that I think would please a lot of folks. Solid coffees!

I am back again with more goodness from Perc. I will just say that these two Costa Rican coffees they sent are just again wonderful.

Let’s dive into the Flor de Cafe first…

Read More