Review #29: Rise Up Coffee Roasters
Name of Roaster: Rise Up Coffee Roasters Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): St. Michaels, MD Name of Roast: Organic House Roast Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Honduras, Sumatra, Guatemala (percentages unknown) Price: $13 (12oz) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Six Days Aroma: Notes of deep, warm, melted chocolate, hazelnut, and a dash of baking spices greeted us on the opening. After grinding the beans, warmer scents of baked chocolate cake, brown sugar, and cocoa appeared. The pour showed caramelizing white cane sugar, demerara syrup, and brown sugar.
Flavor Profile: The coffee had a high, light-to-medium-bodied entry that hugged the roof of the mouth. Rounded notes of mild dark chocolate pervade, with a soft touch of blood orange coating the tongue and a slight spice on the back end. Aromatics give a sense of warmth and convey a sense of a coffee that already has cream or milk in it, although we tasted it (as we taste all coffees) black. Slightly acidic aftertaste, with a hint of apple on the edges of the tongue.
Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): We think that this well-balanced, chocolate-centric cup is a great morning coffee to pair with a breakfast item, but doesn't showcase the power or dynamic flavor profile of some "standalone" coffees we have tried. Importantly, when you add milk, this coffee rounded out further, making it quite a nice cup. If you are a coffee lover who prefers milk with their coffee, we are more than happy to point you towards the Organic House Roast. For bloom fans, this one had a medium-to-large bloom. We picked up this sample during our visit to CoffeeFest Baltimore and sincerely appreciate Rise Up for providing the opportunity to sample their quality coffees.