Lexington Coffee Roasters is my all-time favorite roaster. They offer a wide variety of lightly roasted, single origin beans that are my coffee preference. Waykan from Guatemala is one of my favorites. All the subtle flavors are there. It’s excellent black, but a little cream doesn’t hurt it too much. So good. This is my last bag until it’s back in season. I was fortunate enough to get two bags of it while it was available. So, so good. If you haven’t tried their coffees, click on the link and order some. You won’t be sorry.
In addition to the lovely teas that I talk about here, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law gave us a pound of Corsica coffee from La Colombe for Christmas. La Colombe has a variety of locations around the country and they produce a consistent product. Corsica is pretty dark for my taste, but it’s a well done roast. The chocolate notes that are so loved by dark roast drinkers are definitely there in this strong cup. Unlike most of the coffees I review, La Colombe is actually available on Amazon, so if you want to give it a try, you can get a pound here. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
I’m having one of those days when I thought I took a picture of the coffee I’m reviewing today and either I never took it or I somehow deleted it. Which is it? Who knows? Nonetheless, my sister Julie gave me a bag of Lexington Coffee Roasters Kibugu coffee from Kenya for Christmas, you’ll have to take my word for it without photographic evidence. It turned out to be a very similar coffee to the Craft Coffee SL 34, SL 28 that I got from my friend Jen and reviewed here. Both bags of beans were from Kenya and both were very nicely roasted and delicious. However, I have to give Lexington Coffee a slight edge because the currant flavor is definitely there at the finish. The Craft Coffee finish was good, but I wouldn’t describe it as currant. Apparently, I’m not the only one who liked the Kibugu because the rating you see above is what it received from Coffee Review. Delicious. You should buy a bag. Actually, you should buy a bag from both roasters and compare them for yourself. That would be fun and delicious. Meanwhile, I will do a better job of keeping up with my photos such as they are.
My friend Jen loves me so she gave me another coffee subscription for Christmas, this time from Craft Coffee. I had the option of picking my roast, so naturally I chose light. Then an exciting box of options showed up. I’m used to coffee being called by it’s region or a blend name but SL 34, SL 28 seemed so intriguing I had to try it first. It’s from a region of Kenya called Kiambu. Coffee not only wakes you up and makes you happy, it teaches you geography too. Look up Kiambu, Kenya. Google will show it to you.
As for SL 34, SL 28 it’s very lightly flavored, not at all bitter. It has a very light citrus taste. I’m not sure I would describe it as passion fruit, but the grapefruit flavor is there. It has a nice finish, but I wouldn’t describe it as currant, but the finish is sweet. I actually think the flavor is improved by a touch of milk, not half and half, you’ll lose the flavor with half and half, but a little whole milk is nice, kind of brings out the citrus. It’s nice black too, but the flavors aren’t strong. This is a very light tasting coffee. I think it would be a wonderful coffee to introduce to non-coffee drinkers. Good stuff. You should check it out. Happily, I have many other varieties to try. So stay tuned.
My friend, the wonderful writer Megan Morrison and her husband Devin, recently sent me and my husband some Stumptown Coffee from Portland, Oregon. It was a bag of Guatemala Finca El InJerto Bourbon. I’m not sure what that means exactly, beyond that it’s from Guatemala, but it was really delicious. I confess to not being able to taste the lime notes, but this has some of the strongest cocoa flavors I’ve ever tasted in a coffee and the mint is there as just a hint in the back of the flavor. The roast is perfect, not too dark, which is a common problem among roasters. With a lighter roast all the flavors are available in the coffee and Stumptown nailed the roast on this one. I haven’t had any of their other coffees, but if this is an example, then this is a roaster to buy from.
One of the many benefits of having Monique as a friend is that periodically she visits her family in Hawaii and brings back Kona coffee. If you’ve never had Kona coffee it’s probably the best balanced coffee out there. It’s not too sweet, not too acidic, and has a wonderful flavor. This Honolulu Coffee is probably the best Kona I’ve ever had. They roasted it perfectly to bring out all the best in the beans. Often Kona is roasted too much and you lose some of those lovely vanilla and chocolate notes that the bean produces. This one is best savored black. Check it out if you get a chance.
Of course, I can’t think about Kona coffee without thinking of this scene from So I Married an Axe Murderer.
My friend Zane brought us this coffee for Christmas from Black Rifle Coffee Company. To be honest, this blend is too dark and bitter for me to enjoy as coffee, however, it’s wonderful ground fine for the Moka pot, that my sister Joan gave my husband for Christmas. Froth a little milk (frother was included in gift) and the GFC blend makes for a nice at-home espresso type drink. This is perfect since Zane and Rebecca (both of Italian heritage) extolled the virtues of the Moka pot to me recently. They were totally right. It’s a great addition to my kitchen and much less expensive and easier to maintain than an espresso machine.
My sister Julie brought me this yummy coffee at Christmastime. It’s an amazing roast from Lexington Coffee Roasters. It’s got a light fruity sweetness to it with a heavier sweet finish. It’s easy to see why this roast was awarded a 92/100. This kind of light roast requires exquisite attention to detail because just a little too long in the roaster and it’s gone. Wonderful coffee. If you have an opportunity to get a bag, do so, you won’t be disappointed.
All good things must come to an end, and this month marks the end of my Trager Brothers Coffee Coffee of the Month Club subscription, kindly given to us for Christmas by our friend DC Jen, not to be confused with our friend New York Jen (who lives in California) or Fish Jenn or Tennessee Jen. If you were born in the late 60s/early 70s approximately half of the women you know are named Jennifer. As an aside, half of the men you know are named Michael. But that’s another post.
I was sad to see the end of my coffee subscription. Although I haven’t always agreed with Trager Brother’s roasting choices, I have appreciated the quality of their product and the timeliness of their shipping. On the months my coffee post seemed late, it wasn’t their fault, it was mine. With my last bag of beans came a lovely note, hand-written, thanking me and letting me know the subscription was over. These guys are a class act.
This month’s selection was Guatemalan beans, which had me pretty excited until I remembered our roasting issues. As usual, I felt they were heavy handed with this month’s selection, although they didn’t roast them dark they are a shade darker than I feel Guatemalan beans should be, but I quibble. This was a fine cup of coffee far more to my taste than some of the darker roasts they’ve sent me. It’s a happy note to go out on. If you’ve never done a coffee subscription and you’d like to explore more of what coffee has to offer than what can be found in a K-cup, I highly recommend it. Coffee subscriptions are a great way to try new things and an easy way to share what you find. If you are like my sister Joan, and love a dark roast, you should try Trager Brothers Coffee of the Month Club. You will really like it.
This month’s little bundle of joy arrived from Trager Brothers all freshly roasted and ready for drinking. This turned out to be good news for my sister Joan, who was staying with us overnight. Joan loves a rich dark roast, and Blend 90 made her very happy. She said it was delicious and made a lot of happy noises while drinking it.
Not a fan of dark roasts, I was a little less impressed. Blend 90 is a combination of beans from four different coffee regions. Trager Brothers doesn’t tell us which four, and frankly, with dark roast, it probably doesn’t matter. If you like some rich darkness in your cup, check out this Blend 90 so you too can make happy noises while you drink it.
Meanwhile, I decided in the picture with this post to juxtapose a light roast coffee with a dark roast so that people unfamiliar with light roast can really see the difference. On the right side are the Blend 90 beans. On the left side you can see some Kieni beans from Kenya. Lexington Coffee Roasters have given them the lightest of roasts, preserving the unique character of the region and almost all of the caffeine. I make the same happy noises over it that Joan made over the Blend 90.
You should check them both out and let me know what you think.