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Review #77: City of Saints Coffee Roasters


Name of Roaster: City of Saints Coffee Roasters Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Brooklyn, New York

Name of Roast: La Fortuna Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Ener Arney Patiño, El Carmen, Nariño, Colombia Price: $17 (12 oz.) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Twenty-Eight Days Aroma: Deep, rich chocolate chip cookie, Mexican spiced cocoa, marshmallow, and graham greeted us open tearing open the bag. After the grind, the scent brightens, with more graham and hints of tart red cherry showing along with baking spices. On the pour, we found brown sugar, toffee, and refined white sugar.

Flavor Profile: The coffee had a mid-palate entry, arriving full-bodied and viscous, with a touch of black pepper on the finish. The sip slowly coats the roof and tongue simultaneously. Notes of brown sugar, mid-percentage dark chocolate, orange, mango, and red berry show. A hint of cherry jolly rancher is noted, as well, when the cup begins to cool. The tip of the tongue catches the acidity of lemon and light lime. The finish is clean and balanced, which fits along with the smooth texture of the brew.

Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This was a solid Colombian offering that provides a good deal of power at the outset but without a long tail on the finish. Upon pairing this coffee with a fruit scone, the body lessened, and more fruit and acidity showed, taking away some of the complexity of the cup. With that in mind, we'd recommend this coffee on its own or paired with a savory item. We can also say that these beans had one of the more robust scents we have encountered to date, so if you love a fragrant roast, this is an ideal pick. Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 7.7. Where to Buy: City of Saints Coffee Roasters Looking to do a review of your own? Hop over to the Community and get to it!

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