Muddy Waters Coffee
Costa Rican Poás Volcano
|Roaster Location:||Arcata, California|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||November 1998|
Blind Assessment: The coffee is buried under the taste of the roast. To the roastmaster's credit, however, this is no thin, carbony super-dark roast. It displays a pungent heaviness, flirting with bitter, softened at the edges by an almost subliminal sweetness. The sweetness intensifies somewhat in the finish, pushing the pungency toward chocolate. It never quite gets there, however.
Notes: This organic coffee is buried under the taste of the roast. However, this is no thin, carbony super-dark roast. It displays pungent heaviness and subliminal sweetness. Muddy Waters is a small, recently established roaster on the North Coast of California. I have to assume its memorable company name alludes to what happens in the cup when you brew an aggressively dark-roasted coffee like this one.
Who Should Drink It: Muddy coffee drinkers. Brewed in a press pot, strong and gritty, this coffee should take on foggy North-Coast mornings with an appropriately stoic energy.
This review originally appeared in the November, 1998 tasting report: Single-Origin Organic Coffees