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Review #135: Thomas Artisan Coffee

Name of Roaster: Thomas Artisan Coffee

Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Ashburn, VA

Name of Roast: Chesapeake Blend

Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Medium Origin of Beans: Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, Brazil Price: $9.50 (12 oz.) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Seven days Aroma: The coffee arrived pre-ground, and opening the bag, we noted rich, thick, melted chocolate chips, crisp dark chocolate cookie, high percentage drinking chocolate, and soft, dense chocolate cake. On the pour, the coffee was bright and acidic on the nose, with notes of sharp dark chocolate, light brown sugar, and cocoa.

Flavor Profile: The initial sip is soft, viscous, and heavy, settling in on the center of the tongue and coating the roof. Rich dark chocolate, cinnamon, dark brown sugar, and toasted hazelnut pervade. Sides catch a hint of lime, while tip of tongue catches burnt orange peel and lime, adding brightness. Both flavors meld quickly into the dense primary flavors. The finish is clean and slightly acidic.

Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): The was an interesting cup that hit one note and stuck to it. It's not for everyone as a solo venture, but we imagine this more as a cup for those who enjoy a little milk in their cup or pairing their coffee with a breakfast item, as this coffee is a fine complement to both.

Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 7.5

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