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Review #13: Detour Coffee Roasters


Name of Roaster: Detour Coffee Roasters Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Burlington, ON, CAN

Name of Roast: El Patio Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium

Origin of Beans: El Rincon, La Libertad, Huehuetenango, Guatemala Price: $17 CAD ($13.29 USD) (10.6 oz) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Ten Days Aroma: This coffee had a strong and pleasant aroma even before opening the bag, but opening provided scents of deep chocolate brownie, graham cracker, and ganache. The grind revealed scents reminiscent of bright cinnamon roll and baked bread, with hints of hazelnut, pecan, and rich chocolate underneath. On the pour we noted a thick, syrupy scent of dark brown sugar, caramel, and pecan. Flavor Profile: The coffee had a high entry on the palate and was light on the tongue, then sensuous as it slowly ventured to the back of the tongue. Lovely, rich aromatics of deep chocolate belied the airiness of this coffee, and the aromatics remained long after the sip. The coffee maintains a presence in the middle of the mouth high on the roof, along with a slight acidity on the tip of the tongue. Very smooth throughout, we also noted the presence of toffee, hazelnut, and pecan. Swishing the coffee to the sides of the mouth, we noted a slight hint of apple and pear which became more evident as the coffee cooled. In addition to the bourgeoning apple and pear, the cooler cup's aromatic aftertaste also leaned towards a bitter, but pleasant dark chocolate. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): We kind of fell in love with El Patio, and we think this is a great coffee to try, especially during the cooler months of the year. Sipping this coffee took our minds to visions of campfires in the woods and of sipping out of enamel mugs on the porch of a log cabin in the woods after a hard autumn rain. It's rare a coffee transports us, but this one did the trick.

Note: After our review of their Punch Buggy Espresso, Detour contacted us and provided this coffee for us to try. We sincerely appreciate their outreach in providing us with the opportunity to showcase a great coffee from a quality small batch roaster, as one of the purposes of our reviews is to spread awareness of top notch roasters and coffees in various locales. Our contact with Detour did not influence our review, as our reviews will always remain impartial and focused solely on providing honest thoughts on coffees from quality craft roasters. Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 9. Where to Buy: Detour Coffee Roasters Looking to do a review of your own? Hop over to the Community and get to it!

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