Sunday, January 09, 2011

Mugged: Light Roast [Tiny Footprint Coffee]


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Tiny Footprint Coffee
Coffee Mugged:
Light Roast

Rating: 4+
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aving 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.


Darren said...

I agree, going green with coffee does mean you sometimes don't get as much of a good taste, but you can still get some nice cups as your review has proved. Hopefully we'll continue to taking a more green approach while still enjoying a nice cup. said...

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Theo said...

Really like how you evaluated the coffee using several brew methods and how each resulted in a different cup.

Sounds like a good coffee doing some good in the world. Thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

nice one, amazing, how many coffee blogs there are. good.

Renegade Perceptions said...

Very great review and very descriptive. I am glad I am not the only one a little disappointed with the quality of some of the earth friendly coffees. We have a local place that is based out of Troy, Idaho, that is wonderful called Landgrove coffee. They are earth friendly and really delicious. This is my first post on your blog and I am already talking about other products, but I promise I am not a spammer! I am just a college kid that is a bit obsessed with coffee!

Thanks again for the great review!

Calgary Office Coffee said...

I have also found it difficult to find amazing tasting coffee to offer customers while looking out for the environment and my customer's pocketbooks.

Endang said...

Is not develop organic coffee more suitable to maintain sustainable environment, more in line with the statement "going green with coffee" ?


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coffee-nesse said...

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Thanks information

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