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Review #25: Quills Coffee


Name of Roaster: Quills Coffee Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Louisville, KY Name of Roast: D.R. Congo - Kawa Kabuya Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Kawa Kabuya Co-op, North Kivu, D.R. Congo Price: $19 (12 oz.) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Sixteen Days Aroma: Opening the bag, the beans gave scents of chocolate, devil’s food cake, nutmeg, and cocoa powder. The grind revealed notes of brown sugar, toffee, baking spice, and hot cocoa. On the pour, we picked up a rather subdued scent of honey along with brown sugar. Flavor Profile: Showing a bright, medium body with a mid-palate entry, the coffee’s flavors ran straight back across the center of the tongue. Brown sugar was prevalent throughout, along with candied nut (perhaps cashew or pecan). We found weight and rich chocolate on the back end of the tongue, alongside slight acidity on the sides. This acidity falls beneath the brown sugar, with a rounded blend of lemon, orange, and sour cherry. Pleasant aromatics linger, highlighting the acidic notes, to close out the sip. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This coffee’s balanced flavors set up well for pairing with a breakfast item. Sweeter pairings bring out the acidity, so if you prefer a more acidic, fruit-forward cup with brown sugar on the back end, we recommend trying this with shredded wheat or a similar sweet bite. For folks interested in the bloom, we found this roast to have a small-to-medium bloom. Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 7.6. Where to Buy: Quills Coffee Looking to do a review of your own? Hop over to the Community and get to it!

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