Steep & Brew
|Roaster Location:||Madison, Wisconsin|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Review Date:||July 2006|
Blind Assessment: Both Ken (92) and co-cupper Danny O'Neill (90) admired this coffee's classic completeness. "Smooth body ...Clean, fruity and well-balanced ...the whole package" for Danny. Ken was particularly impressed by the cup's "lushly sweet" acidity and complexity that for him suggested caramel, chocolate, molasses and a hint of flowers at the top. Ken was sufficiently impressed by the virtues of the cup to overlook a very slight astringency in the long finish.
Notes: Steep & Brew is a well-established, mainly wholesale specialty roasting company serving a wide variety of accounts from cafes through offices to grocery chains and convenience stores under both its Steep & Brew and its Cafe Fair brand of Fair-Trade and organically certified coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A prototypical, almost archetypal multi-cup breakfast coffee for those who always enjoyed the style or those who want to revisit it.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2006 tasting report: Breakfast Blends 2006: An American Tradition Goes Cosmopolitan