What does "Mugged" mean?
Subject: Tiny Footprint Coffee
Coffee Mugged: Light Roast
Rating: 4+ [see key]
Saving the planet through sustainable practices makes a lot of sense, but a lot of times, sustainable seems to come at the price of quality. This is especially true in the coffee roasting realm, as there exists no shortage of sustainable coffees that taste like recycled coffee grounds.
Yet the number of decent options grows by the month. The latest to meet my gaze is a coffee operation named Tiny Footprint Coffee. I first learned of them from an email offering to send out some coffee to review, and after looking over their website, I was intrigued. According to their site (and coffee bags), they make a contribution to the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation with each coffee sale, which ends up making them a carbon-negative operation.
Impressed with their environmental benevolence, I dug into their coffee sent: their light roast. I did note a darker shade to these beans then most light roasts, though the beans still looked healthy. I proceeded to sample the coffee via french press, drip and siphon.
As a drip, the coffee held notes of fig, chocolate milk, a bit of wheat, black bean and bran. The overall feel was smooth with a little kick. As it cooled, a smokiness entered the sensory picture.
The french press moved in with a stronger smokiness up front, with dark bittersweet cocoa, a little cream, bran and sesame seed flavors dominating. This was a darker and stronger brew.
The siphon held a distinct caramel and nutty notes, along with cocoa/chocolate milk, apple, peanuts, buttermilk biscuits, a little grass and blueberry jam. This infusion proved much more mellow and held some new flavors.
While this coffee seemed a little spread out as far as flavors and bodies, I felt the coffee held up as a sweet coffee with the right balance of tasty flavors. If you're looking for a sustainable coffee that proves itself in taste, go with Tiny Footprint's light roast.
note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.