Review #126: Oslo Coffee Roasters
Name of Roaster: Oslo Coffee Roasters
Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Brooklyn, NY
Name of Roast: Golden Tree Blend
Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Sumatra and Ethiopia
Price: $12 (10 oz.) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Thirty-two Days Aroma: Cutting open the bag, we were greeted with scents of chocolate ganache, warmed drinking chocolate, thick, rich cake batter, cherry, raspberry, and bread crust. After the grind, the aromatics were brighter, with softer scents of baking spice mixed with bread crust, grain, cocoa powder, chocolate wafer. On the pour, light brown sugar, raw sugar cane, caramel, and nougat were noted.
Flavor Profile: The sip arrived with a mid-to-low palate entry, sitting on the front half of the tongue, syrupy and honeyed, with agave, cocoa nibs, a touch of peach, and spiced notes of white peppercorn at the fore. The honeyed texture hugged the roof and tongue simultaneously. The sides of the tongue picked up orange and lime, while the tip of the tongue received a note similar to creamsicle. The finish is clean and dry, with crushed chocolate wafer, honey, and caramel aromatics lingering.
Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): This blend offers very mild flavors that are inoffensive and pair well with anything. We had it with a southwestern omelette, and the coffee paired nicely as a complement. We would not recommend this as a standalone sipper. That stated, it is a solid entry coffee for those dipping their toe into the world of specialty coffee. We would recommend reaching into Oslo's single origins for further exploration in efforts to find a more robust profile.
Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 7.3. Where to Buy: Oslo Coffee Roasters