|Roaster Location:||Emeryville, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Kenya; Guatemala|
|Est. Price:||$18.75/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2019|
Blind Assessment: Richly sweet-savory, deeply chocolaty. Dark chocolate, fine musk, black cherry, gently scorched cedar, wisteria in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with gentle, rounded acidity; full, creamy mouthfeel. The chocolaty finish is given further depth by suggestions of black cherry and musk, all ensconced in a gently smoky cedar.
Notes: A blend of coffees from Kenya and Guatemala. This coffee tied for the highest rating in a tasting of holiday blends for Coffee Review‘s December 2019 tasting report. Highwire Coffee Roasters is a small-batch coffee roaster located in Emeryville, California. Established in 2011, Highwire pursues the straightforward goal of sharing the coffees it loves with the community. Visit www.highwirecoffee.com or call 510-420-0473 for more information.
The Bottom Line: A roast-forward blend that emphasizes chocolate and floral notes while developing the savory inclination of the green coffees as well: rich, musky, sweet. Might be particularly nice — apologies to purists — with a splash of milk.
This review originally appeared in the December, 2019 tasting report: 2019 Holiday Coffees: Celebratory Blends That Elevate the Ordinary