…my order of 2 bags of whole bean coffee from Toronto Roaster, Social Coffee & Tea Company.
I did some reading and came across this Canadian coffee roaster. Typically, when I see the words coffee and Toronto in a sentence, I know there is something left to be desired. However, upon further research, Social Coffee is the new kid on the block of coffee roasters back on the east cost.
What I like about Social Coffee & Tea Co. is that they buy the highest quality of beans available and sell them back to consumers at a very reasonable cost. Not only that, the folks at Social spend a lot of time and effort cupping and blending all their coffees. What stands out instantly about this Canadian roaster is that I absolutely love their website. It is simple to navigate and is easy on the eyes. All the information you need is right at your fingertips without the unnecessary clutter unlike most websites. Did I mention that it’s also red? Like the Canadian flag? Anyway, there’s a lot more to them than what I mentioned but I would encourage you to check out their website. Oh, and expedited shipping is free when you spend $20 or more.
On to the goods…
People’s Daily – An espresso roast which claimed 94 points with the SCAA. $12/bag. Roast date of August 30. Can’t wait to try this out with Miss Silvia!
Luscious mélange of molasses, chocolate, dried fruit and vanilla with a nutty, creamy, syrupy finish. A monument to superior blending, our flagship espresso hails from Brazil, El Salvador and Ethiopia.
Roast Level: Medium Dark
Varietal: Poco novo, Bourbon, Ethoipia Heirloom
Profile: molasses, chocolate, dried fruit, vanilla, nutty, balanced, creamy, syrupy
Dose: 18-22 grams
Brew Water Temp: 199-201 F / 93-94 C
Brew Time: 25-30 seconds
Brewed Volume/Weight: 1.5-1.75 oz / 30-35 grams
El Salvador Finca Alaska – A single origin which claimed 93 points with the SCAA and placed 2nd for Roaster’s Choice. $16/bag. Roast date of August 30. I plan on using this with my Hario V60 pourover for a nice clean cup of single origin.
Sweet berries, fruity, chocolate,silky smooth, lingering aftertaste.
Placed 2nd at the SCAA Roaster’s Choice competition against over hundreds of coffees submitted by top roasters around the world.
This is the same coffee lot and roast profile that we used in the competition
Roast Level: Medium Light
Farm: Finca Alaska
Producer: Juan José Ernesto Menéndez
Process Method: washed
Profile: sweet berries, fruity, molasses, silky smooth
So there you have it. I should be opening these two bags by the end of this week to see how things go. I’m pretty excited to pull some shots of their famous People’s Daily espresso blend. Not to mention, this is the first time I’ve purchased a single origin so it will be an interesting experience with the Hario V60.
Re: Stumptown’s Hair Bender Roast…
So it’s been a week with the Hair Bender Roast and I will keep it short and sweet as much as possible. The quality of Stumptown’s beans are fantatstic. They really nailed it with the profiling of the blend and I could taste each and every bit of the floral notes and was capable of smelling the aromas of the finished product. The end result is a fruity, tangy floral punch of smooth espresso. The body is there and it’s a tad creamy with some body but unfortunately, this blend did not do it for me. More particularly, it did not meet my personal taste preference. I am not discrediting Stumptown in anyway but please do understand that taste is subjective and different people will have their own preferences. For me, I’m a dark roast kinda guy. Would I buy it again? Maybe, although I woulnd’t go out of my way to buy it. Would I try Stumptown’s other blends? Oh, definitely.
What really knocked me off my feet was the obvious – quality of freshness and roast. It took me no more than 3 trial-and-error shots in order to fine-tune the grinder. I’ve got the grind down and don’t think I can go any finer but perhaps add a bit more in the dosing aspect. 16 seconds on the Vario on a fine grind, a solid 30 pounds of tamping and I’ve got beautiful tiger stripping all the way to 26 seconds before it starts blonding. Not bad for an amateur like myself. Oh, and there was no way in hell I could dial in the Espresso Gran Bar from Casa Del Caffe to pull a good shot. No fucking way.
I’ll follow up with a review on Social’s beans.
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