Three Keys Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Houston, Texas|
|Coffee Origin:||South Kivu growing region, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Est. Price:||$20.00/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||June 2021|
Blind Assessment: High-toned, resinously nutty, intensely sweet. Wild honey, plum, magnolia, mesquite, pistachio in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with savory-leaning acidity; viscous, nectar-like mouthfeel. Gentle, sweetly rich finish with notes of wild honey, pistachio and mesquite into the long.
Notes: This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 21 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2021. This coffee tied for the highest rating in a cupping of African Great Lakes coffees for Coffee Review’s June 2021 report. Certified fair trade and USDA Organic. Named for the birthplace of jazz, Congo Square, in New Orleans. Produced by smallholding farmers entirely of local strains of the Bourbon variety of Arabica and processed by the washed method (fruit skin and flesh are removed from the beans before they are dried). Imported by Mighty Peace, a social enterprise organization that supports the Congolese coffee-farming community. Founded in 2019, Three Keys is a craft coffee roastery in Houston, Texas. The company name is inspired by the valves of the trumpet, which has been the instrument of choice for some of the most influential jazz musicians and composers. Three Keys says its coffees “speak a language that’s sophisticated yet accessible to everyone who’s willing to slow down and share a cup.” Visit www.threekeyscoffee.com for more information.
The Bottom Line: A uniquely structured Congo cup that is equal parts sweet, tart and savory. Resinous nut and mesquite suggestions complement sweet honey notes.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2021 tasting report: African Great Lakes Coffees: Quality in the Face of Adversity