Magnolia Coffee

Dreamlands Blend

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Origin: Not disclosed

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 45/55

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly roast-toned: aromatic wood and flowers. Hazelnut, scorched cedar, orange zest, magnolia, cocoa in aroma and cup. Quietly bittersweet and zesty structure; smoothly satiny mouthfeel. Cocoa and scorched wood animate a rather dry finish.


A blend created by Magnolia founder Jay Gestwicki in honor of his father. Proceeds from the sale of this coffee in North Carolina support clean water initiatives by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. This coffee tied for the sixth-highest rating in a tasting of nearly 130 darker-roasted coffees for Coffee Review‘s August 2017 tasting report. Magnolia Coffee is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based specialty roaster whose motto is “Craft roasted. Truly delicious. Socially conscious.” Magnolia particularly emphasizes community engagement through its Local Beans for Local Good programs. Visit www.magnoliacoffeeco.com or call 704-651-7726 for more information.This coffee can be mail-ordered through the website email link or by calling the number above. It is also sold at Charlotte, North Carolina Whole Foods stores and at Magnolia locations.

The Bottom Line: Unusual juxtaposition of aromatic wood, flowers and cocoa animate a zesty, bittersweet medium-dark-roasted blend.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2017 tasting report: Darker-Roasted Coffees: Confessions and Amends

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