Name of Roaster: Coda Coffee Co.
Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Denver, CO
Name of Roast: Notorious
Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Light
Origin of Beans: Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua
Price: $15 (12 oz.)
Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex
Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Twenty-One Days
Aroma: Opening the bag, we noted cocoa powder, chocolate ganache, and Black Forest cake with dark red berry jam. The scent opens to more strawberry on the grind, some baking spice underneath, and a touch of cocoa. On the pour, we found wet stone, pure cane sugar, molasses, and honey.
Flavor Profile: The sip arrives with medium body and a low palate entry. Initially, we remarked on how the coffee was viscous, with mid grade dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and a hint of cinnamon and black peppercorn showing on the front half of the tongue. The finish lightens compared to the weighty entry, with milk chocolate and wild honey lingering. The sides of the tongue catch lemon and orange along with a hint of cedar. The coffee maintains a decent balance and blankets the palate.
Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): We can see why this is Coda’s primary espresso blend, as it is well-balanced and hits all the standard notes one expects when purchasing this type of blend. That stated, it is clearly elevated above your local big label grocery store coffee, and so we recommend it to those seeking to broaden their horizons in a conservative fashion. Since this coffee worked with the Chemex, you can assume it will work just fine in an automatic drip or your Moka pot.
Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 7.6
Where to Buy: Coda Coffee Co.
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