Monday, June 02, 2014

Mugged: Peru San Ignacio [Driven]

Subject: Driven Coffee Roasters
Coffee Mugged: Peru San Ignacio
Rating [see key]: 3+

Everyone loves to hear that a business wants to give back to the community. Yet rarely do you see the apparent proof in the pudding. Call me cynical, but it seems that many outfits claim they want to give back, but only do the minimal token effort to get some PR, and rarely is the commitment long-standing.

That's what makes me admire companies that pledge a chunk of their regular income to good causes, companies like Driven Coffee Roasters. Based out of Minneapolis, they donate 10% of their sales to their Partner Causes such as the United Way and charity:water. Curious as to the quality of their coffee, I gladly took the opportunity to try out their Peru San Ignacio for an objective spin via pourover, french press and siphon. 

The pourover dealt notes of cream soda, plum, dark cocoa, fresh cracked pepper and pretzels. A heavy bodied brew with a strong melding of smoke, malt and cream.

The french press proved even a touch darker, with cocoa, crispy biscuit, fig, pepper, oregano and slight cream in a heavy body. 

The siphon proved the smoothest of the three, with cocoa, fig, sassafras, dark fruit, slight pepper and oregano in a medium body, making for a sweet yet spicy brew. 

All in all, while I think Driven Coffee Roasters is doing good work, I can't say I fell in love with this Peruvian coffee, as it seemed a tad dark and for every two drops of sweetness, there fell a drop of astringency. But if you're looking for a sweet yet smoky, deep coffee, definitely give Driven Coffee Roasters your money so they can continue to give back to great causes.

note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.

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