What does "Mugged" mean?
Subject: St. Mary Market
Coffee Mugged: Jamaica High Mountain
Rating: 2+ [see key]
It pains me when a coffee roaster/purveyor exclaims how great their coffee is, when in actuality it fails to pass for decent coffee when put to the test. This is a pain I experienced recently when the folks at St. Mary Market out of NYC very kindly sent me out a 1/3 lb of their Jamaican High Mountain Coffee to try. When I opened the bag, I smelled nothing except a stale fragrance and saw what could have once been a decent medium roast coffee.
As you might guess, all of the ensuing brews came out stale and hence, the original coffee might have been amazing but it seems that the roasting/storage/handling did not ensure its quality.
I brewed it first via drip and received a coffee with a little caramel, tobacco, fig and toast all in a light body.
The french press produced a cup with heavier tobacco, fig, caramel, oregano and a bit of pear. This cup had a heavier body.
The siphon denoted some caramel, pepper, oregano, graham cracker and popcorn amidst a medium body.
Thus, it seems that St. Mary Market might have a good coffee but because it was so stale when I received it, there's not much praise I can laud. Another Jamaican coffee that stalled when its rubber met the road.
note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.