Review #40: Ember + Forge
Name of Roaster: Ember + Forge (roasted by Happy Mug Coffee)
Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Erie, PA
Name of Roast: Costa Rica Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Costa Rica Price: $12 Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Twenty-Five Days Aroma: Opening the bag, we noted crisp chocolate chip cookie, caramel, and rich chocolate fudge. The aroma brightened on the grind, with notes of dark chocolate bark, crisp brownie edges, cherry, raspberry, and orange peel. The pour smelled of raw cane sugar, light brown sugar, and a slight black tea. Flavor Profile: With a medium-entry on the palate, this coffee was rich, chocolate-forward, and medium-to-full-bodied. Hanging in the front of the tongue and hugging the roof of the mouth, the coffee only picked up a little acidity when met with the sides of the tongue. The acidity was reminiscent of orange zest, but it was quickly overcome by the dark chocolate notes. A slight hint of sour cherry shows on the tip of the tongue. Aromatics of dark chocolate and a slight bitterness remain, along with a touch of acidity. The aftertaste is dry, almost chalky. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This coffee is a fine breakfast coffee that will go well with the addition of milk and pairs nicely with a sweet bakery item or sugary cereal. We found this coffee not to be as lush or balanced as the Cafe Britt Tarrazu Montecielo we reviewed a few months back, but it is a good cup, nonetheless. The chalky aftertaste detracts from the final enjoyment of the cup, but the dryness also brings you back for more sips. Pairing the cup with a sweet item eliminates the dryness and smooths out the finish.