Review #34: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Name of Roaster: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): San Francisco, CA Name of Roast: Pablo Mamani Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Sandia Valley, Peru Price: $19.50 (12 oz) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Eighteen Days Aroma: The beans smelled predominantly of chocolate cookie crust, resembling an Oreo cookie, with a soft hint of blueberry, cherry, raspberry, and baking spice. The grind offered lively scents of baking spices, chocolate chip cookie, a a slight red fruit jam. On the pour, we caught a heap of rich brown sugar. Flavor Profile: This coffee had a mid-to-high entry on the palate, with a light-to-medium body. Delicate chocolate aromatics initially waft through, with a slight acidity rolling across the tongue underneath. A slight nutty sweetness on the entry - possibly almond and vanilla bean - counters the chocolate. Red berry can be found on the sides and in the corners of the mouth, and as the coffee cools, this berry is noted across the tongue. This berry is more of a light juice than a viscous jam or paste. Additionally, as the coffee cools, it drops lower on the palate. A slight spice is found on the back end, followed by long, lingering aromatics of red berry. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This coffee revealed itself slowly over a variety of sips, with each sip bringing new and delicious flavors. Nimble but complex, we would recommend this coffee as a standalone beverage, but it would pair nicely with a variety of foods, both sweet and savory. This is a coffee that will appeal to almost anyone but would stand up to the scrutiny of your coffee aficionado friends. Highly recommended.