Review #42: Vienna Coffee Company
Name of Roaster: Vienna Coffee Company
Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Maryville, TN
Name of Roast: Foothills Series: Guatemala La Armonia Hermosa Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala Price: $14.75 Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Five Days Aroma: Opening the bag, we were greeted by rich, deep chocolate ganache, crisply baked chocolate chip cookie, strawberry jam, and a hint of spearmint. After grinding, the jam scent strengthened, with a mix of strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry, and scents of warm baking spice and thick chocolate followed. On the pour, we noted molasses, dark brown sugar, and a slight honeyed note. Flavor Profile: The coffee had a mid-palate entry, with a powerful dark chocolate note jumping right to the middle of the tongue. This note sat and coated the roof of the mouth before slowly working to the back of the tongue. Strawberry, blackberry, and a hint of burnt orange and floral swirl and surround the chocolate note, with the burnt orange and floral notes providing initial aromatics that fade into a longer finish featuring the dark chocolate and a slight roast note. The sides of the tongue pick up touches of orange and light red berry juice, reminiscent of agua fresca. As the cup cools, this breezy, fruit-forward note becomes more prominent, though the aromatic finish remains constant. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): We found this to be a pleasurable cup of coffee that provided an enticing blend of flavors. The burgeoning agua fresca notes surprised us, and they grew in prominence when the coffee was paired with a savory breakfast item. The chocolate note is rich and lush, and the combination of the fruit and chocolate brings to mind a chocolate truffle. The finish on the coffee lends itself to pairing with sweet bakery items to counter the dark chocolate and roast notes the remain on the palate. We'd also like to point out that this coffee is part of a special series put forward by Vienna called the Foothills Series, highlighting single estates and microlots and offering a more elevated, bespoke coffee experience. Vienna has a wide breadth of offerings from all over the world, so we recommend checking out their site and exploring their fine coffees.