Review #114: Almanac Coffee

December 30, 2019

 

Name of Roaster: Almanac Coffee

 

Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Duluth, Minnesota

 

Name of Roast: Burundi - Gahahe Washing Station


Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium

Origin of Beans: Kayanza Province, Burundi


Price: $16 (8 oz.)

Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex

Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Ten Days

Aroma: Tearing open the bag, we noted rich chocolate cake, chocolate chips, chocolate wafer, a touch of cinnamon, and a slight roast note. On the grind, dense brownie, whipped chocolate icing, a touch of baking spices, and a hint of ganache appeared. The pour revealed rich caramel, dark brown sugar, nougat, and melted dark chocolate.

 

Flavor Profile: Arriving mid-palate and medium-to-full-bodied, this lush coffee resides in the front half of the mouth, filling it with rich cocoa, cocoa nib, pink peppercorn, caramel, and nougat. The sides of the tongue get bright lime and orange zest, while the rest of the tongue receives bright cherry, cranberry, orange, and lime. The finish is bright and slightly acidic, but balanced, with the lime lingering on the sides and under the tongue, while the deep, dark chocolate notes float above the tongue.  


Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): We found this coffee to be delightful, as the interplay between the bright notes and the dense chocolate made for an exciting and enjoyable cup of coffee. We think the price is slightly high given the amount of coffee we received, but we appreciate the craftsmanship, design, and expert roasting conducted. We will be repeat customers of Almanac, and we highly recommend stopping in to give them a try if you are in the Duluth area. 


Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 8.3

Where to Buy: Almanac Coffee

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