Sunday, June 09, 2013
Mugged: Peru and Malawi [Greyhound]
Greyhound Coffee Roasters
Mugged: Peru Rainforest Alliance Organic and Malawi AA
Rating [see key]: 4+ for both
Coffee subscription services seem to be exploding out of the woodwork these days and it's getting harder and harder to find one worth the time. Having tried my share, I can say that though pricy, they hold a lot of promise for the wearied coffee fanatic looking for quality, regular shipments.
The newest coffee subscription to my tongue is BrewPony, a company based out of Portland that seems to use a lot of local Oregon roasters. I was fortunate to try out their April shipment of Greyhound Coffee Roasters, a nifty operation that gets their name from their love of the noble greyhound (not to mention that a portion of their profits go to greyhound causes). Of their many coffees, I was sent the Malawi AA and the Peru Rainforest Alliance Organic, each I cupped via pourover, french press and siphon.
Leading off with the Peru in my pourover, the cup consisted of cola, molasses, fig, a little sage, minor wheat and some honey within a medium body. The french press held similar notes with the addition of some buttermilk, cracked pepper and pear skin, proving deeper, complex and a little bitter. The siphon finished off the least bitter of the three, with flecks of cola, wheat, pepper, fig and peanut in a medium body. Overall, a decent coffee with malty and hearty qualities.
The Malawi followed next. The pourover sang out notes of sesame, raisin, fresh rye bread, sunflower seed and a little honey, consisting largely of a sweet, seed-ful coffee. For the french press, the seed-y qualities seemed to vanish, proving more full of caramel, black tea, apple, anise, root beer and minor tobacco. The siphon seemed like a fusion of the last two infusions, with a balanced merge of rye bread, raisin, toasted almond, caramel, fig and a little tobacco. Summarized, a sweet coffee smacking of nuts and juice, backed with some astringent facets.
All together, I can't say that these two coffees were my all-time favorites given their bitter and/or deep flavors, but at the same time they weren't half bad. Try out Greyhound Coffee Roasters and Brew Pony if you're looking to add a kick of Oregon to your coffee repertoire.
note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.