States Coffee & Mercantile
|Roaster Location:||Martinez, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Colombia; Guatemala|
|Est. Price:||$4.00/12-ounce bottle; $20.00/6-pack|
|Review Date:||July 2020|
Blind Assessment: A ready-to-drink black coffee tested cold. Subtle, nuanced, attractively bittersweet. Dark chocolate, candied tangerine, cashew butter, lilac, cedar. Balanced structure with gentle but vibrant acidity; plush, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The brisk finish centers around dark chocolate and cedar notes. Milk particularly enlivens dark chocolate, candied citrus, and cashew notes.
Notes: This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a tasting of ready-to-drink black coffees for Coffee Review’s July 2020 tasting report. Prepared by the cold-brew method, which involves prolonged steeping of ground coffee in cold or room-temperature water and subsequent filtering. Contains no additives or ingredients other than coffee and water. Available at the Martinez, California shop and via home delivery within a 20-mile radius of Martinez. Founded by roaster Keith Gehrke in 2015, States Coffee is a hybrid roastery/cafe and a mercantile that features handmade artisan wares. Visit www.statescoffee.com for more information.
The Bottom Line: Paradoxically complex and friendly, a labor of love for States’ owner/roaster Keith Gehrke and a spot-on summer pick-me-up.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2020 tasting report: RTD Rising: Single-Origin Cold Coffees Elevate the Game