Review #32: Saint Frank Coffee
Name of Roaster: Saint Frank Coffee
Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): San Francisco, CA Name of Roast: Las Nubes Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: El Cedral, Santa Barbara, Honduras
Price: $21 (12oz) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Four Days Aroma: Opening the bag, the initial scent is of rich chocolate ganache, followed by crisp brownie crust and a slight hint of red berry jam. The grinds smelled of bright graham cracker with more red berry, while milk chocolate lingered underneath. On the pour, the initial scent is of light brown sugar and nougat. However, as the coffee cools, a beautiful nose of fresh mixed fruit develops in the cup. Flavor Profile: Medium entry and medium body greet on the first sip. The coffee carries a lightness, and warm toasted cashew sits on the tip of the tongue before the coffee crosses the tongue and ventures to the back of the palate. Pleasant red berry and guava follow the entry, with a juicy, enveloping flavor reminiscent of dried fruit roll-ups. Slight acidity is found on the sides of the tongue that fades quickly into the background. A gentle citrus of blood orange and a pinch of cinnamon also appear underneath the red berry and guava, with pleasing aromatics on the finish. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): We found this cup to be exceptional from front to back. The coffee delivered a lovely aroma, a complex flavor profile, balance on the palate, and pleasurable aromatics. It is a cup that can be enjoyed on its own or paired, and while fruit forward, we would not describe it as a "fruit bomb" that overwhelms one to the point they are forgetting they are drinking coffee. The cup tasted much more dynamic during our home brew review as compared to the sample we were served at Saint Frank's shop, but there are many variables that could have attributed to this difference (e.g., freshness, paper cup vs. ceramic, etc.). We look forward to future productions of this roast by Saint Frank and will keep an eye out for it in the future.