Review #35: Sightglass Coffee
Name of Roaster: Sightglass Coffee
Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): San Francisco, CA Name of Roast: Yetatebe, Shakisso Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Shakisso, Guji, Ethiopia Price: $20.00 (12 oz) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Twenty-Two Days Aroma: Cutting open the bag, we first encountered chocolate cake, molasses, and a slight gingerbread cookie. The grind revealed brighter scents of bittersweet chocolate and graham cracker crust. On the pour, a light, sweet brown sugar scent was found. Flavor Profile: The coffee had a mid-palate entry, with a medium-to-full-bodied mouthfeel. The first note is a lush, rich chocolate in the front half of the mouth, with a floral note floating above it on the center of the tongue. As the coffee cools, a dark berry begins to show in the center of the mouth. The coffee carried a warm sweetness and viscosity throughout, with a slight lemon acidity on the finish. Floral aromatics lighten the overall mouthfeel of the coffee. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This coffee was well-balanced, and we'd recommend it as a standalone cup if you want to enjoy it at its best. We paired this two ways: first, with salumi, cheese, and toast, which brought out the acidic flavors to a point that almost overpowered the cup; and then with a sweet, chocolate granola mix, which accentuated the floral notes and lemon. Both pairings were not as enjoyable as the cup on its own, hence our recommendation.