Old City Blend by Old City Coffee Review | CoffeeReview.com
  • Old City Coffee

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Old City Blend

Roast: Medium Review Date: August 2002
Origin: Southern India, other origins. Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Ken admires this blend's "rich, powerful, low-toned acidity, fullish body, and dry chocolate nuance," but is distracted by "a hint of bitter peanut tones and a cloying background flatness" (rating 86). Chris is both more specific -- "dark roast beans blended with very light roast, which hides the borderline past-crop flavor" -- and more metaphoric: "This coffee is hanging on for dear life with a shot of sweet wine adrenaline" (rating 82).

Notes: A blend of 94% medium-roasted India Plantation A and small amounts of darker roasted beans from other origins. Old City Coffee is a boutique specialty coffee roaster that promises roasting and shipping within 48 hours for Internet orders. Visit www.oldcitycoffee.com or call 215-629-9292 for more info.

Who Should Drink It: "Past-crop flavor" is a cuppers' term for a dull flatness, often intensified by woody or rope-like tones. The peanut tones Ken objects to probably derive from the very light- roasted component of the blend. However, both Ken and Chris acknowledge this coffee's foreground rich complexity, whether described as wine (Chris) or dry chocolate (Ken).


Coffee, more so than wine, is a continually changing product. Recent reviews, whether written by Coffee Review or readers, are most likely to reflect current versions of a given coffee.