Showing posts with label light roast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label light roast. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mugged: Colombia Luminosa [Peet's]

Subject: Peet's Coffee and Tea
Coffee Mugged: Colombia Luminosa
Rating [see key]: 3+

While Peet's has long preferred to roast darker, they now are beginning to wander into the realms of light roasts. With the recent release of their Colombia Luminosa, their sole light roast, they're diversifying their offerings to a growing love of lighter roasts. While at first glance, the beans do not really look like a light roast (definitely more medium), the beans are indeed a good deal lighter than some of Peet's more regular offerings.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Mugged: High Jump [Deep Cello]

Subject: Deep Cello
Mugged: High Jump
Rating: 4+ [see key]

Of all the sports I played throughout my life, Track & Field was my favorite. As a javelin thrower and shot putter, I would get to spend nice spring days chucking objects around a field with little pressure other then to make sure my throws were comparable to the upcoming competition (cutthroat, huh?). 

But if you were to ask me which events were the toughest amidst the old Olympic events, I always thought anything that involved flinging yourself into the air was pretty bold. Pole vault definitely scared the skittles out of me (I'm big and uncoordinated; let me just use a skinny stick to launch my weight over a 9 foot wall) and long jump seemed risky (jump as far as you can and land on your tailbone). The only one that looked fun and worth the risk was the high jump. 

But even though I never got to try the high jump in the field, I was able to taste Deep Cello's High Jump blend in my mug. A light roast sent out to me to review, I dove into it via the three infusion methods of drip, siphon and french press.

The drip threw out subtle notes of milk chocolate, butter, wheat toast, peanuts, honey, cranberry and cinnamon amidst a medium body. A tasty infusion with a variety of flavors. 

The french press was a little different, with notes of pie crust, milk chocolate, vanilla, clove and cranberry jumping out amidst a medium body.

The siphon polished off with an smooth infusion of milk chocolate, wheat toast, cranberry, peanut, honey and bran within a medium-bodied brew. 

Overall, I found the coffee to be tasty with lots of flavor, though the potency was not as strong as I would have liked and the flavors a little too piquant. Nonetheless, still a good coffee; try the High Jump if you're looking for a decent light-roasted blend. 

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

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Mugged: Light Roast [Tiny Footprint Coffee]


What does "Mugged" mean?

Tiny Footprint Coffee
Coffee Mugged:
Light Roast

Rating: 4+
[see key]

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.