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Review #74: thirty-thirty Coffee Co.

Name of Roaster: thirty-thirty Coffee Co. Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Peoria, IL Name of Roast: Ethiopia Wolichu Wachu Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium

Origin of Beans: Haro Wachu, Uraga, Guji, Ethiopia Price: $16 (12 oz) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Nine Days Aroma: Tearing open the bag, we were greeted by devil's food cake, Oreo cookie, and hints of nutmeg and red berry jam. The grind revealed more strawberry jam and a broader array of baking spices. The pour had scents of light brown sugar, black tea, and a touch of black peppercorn. Flavor Profile: The coffee had a light body and low entry on the palate that rose as it moved back across the tongue. Black tea strikes the primary note, with muted blackberry and strawberry muddled beneath. As the coffee cools (roughly 4 minutes after brewing), body develops, and the coffee shows more in the front third of the tongue, hugging the roof of the mouth. Light, fresh berry juice, similar to a fruit roll up, becomes more pronounced, with red apple, hibiscus, and plum showing. The sides of the tongue pick up sharp orange, soft lemon, and medium acidity, all of which meld into the balanced profile. Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This coffee came recommended to us by the barista we met at thirty-thirty, and it did not disappoint, providing a light, pleasurable cup that had tea notes without the tea-like consistency. We tried it both with a sweetened granola and a piece of dark chocolate, and we found the latter to be the preferred choice for pairing. Between this roaster and Zion, Peoria has quite a combo for coffee roasters. Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 7.9 Where to Buy: thirty-thirty Coffee Co. Looking to do a review of your own? Hop over to the Community and get to it!

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