Review #43: Ceremony Coffee Roasters
Name of Roaster: Ceremony Coffee Roasters
Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Annapolis, MD
Name of Roast: Mass Appeal Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Mexico and Guatemala Price: $14.50 Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Four Days Aroma: Rich chocolate ganache, frosted brownie, devils food cake, a touch of raspberry jam, and a slight hint of kindling were found when we opened the bag. The grind brought bright and rich caramel and nougat swirled with chocolate, graham cracker, and that hint of jam we mentioned, along with a touch of pepper. On the pour, we noted creamy toffee, almond, and light brown sugar. Flavor Profile: With a mid-palate entry and medium body, the coffee starts by rushing to the back of the tongue before returning to sit on the center and coat the roof of the mouth. The weight of the coffee remains medium-to-light throughout the entire cup. The first note is a semi-sweet dark chocolate, with lovely aromatics following the sip containing the same note. As the initial flavor dissipates, a caramel sweetness follows. The sides of the tongue pick up the creamy toffee we noted on the scent, while a slight lemon also appears and fades on the edges of the tongue. As it cools, cinnamon shows alongside the chocolate, with a touch of orange peel, while the chocolate has softened somewhat into a less bitter form. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This is a higher-end entry-level coffee that, per its name, should appeal to almost everyone looking for a steady, solid cup of coffee. We strongly recommend this for folks looking to "break in" to specialty coffee but are looking more to dip their toe than take a plunge into the specialty coffee abyss. This is a coffee that performs equally well on its own or when mixed with dairy and can pair with most any breakfast item. If you have the chance, give it a shot.