Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

Holiday Sweet Blend

Location: Floyd, Virginia

Origin: Ethiopia; Rwanda; Colombia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.99/12 ounces

Review Date: December 2018

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Balanced, richly sweet, tart and savory. Fine musk, dried hibiscus flowers, perique (fermented) pipe tobacco, candy cap mushroom, apricot in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart-savory structure with punchy acidity; lightly creamy, viscous mouthfeel. The rich-toned finish centers around apricot and umami-redolent notes akin to candy cap mushroom.


This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a tasting of holiday coffees for Coffee Review‘s December 2018 tasting report.  It is organic and certified fair trade, the latter meaning it was purchased from farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. A blend comprised of four coffees: a natural-processed Ethiopia WORKA, a washed Ethiopia Banko, a washed Rwanda Coopac, and a washed Colombia Tolima. Established in 2010, Red Rooster is an organic-certified micro-roaster focusing on socially conscious and high-quality coffee. Visit redroostercoffee.com or call 540-745-7338 for more information.

The Bottom Line: 2018's highest-rated holiday blend, a dynamic, spirited, original coffee with sweet, tart and savory tendencies harmoniously balanced. Organic- and fair-trade-certified; packaged in a gift bag with original art on the label.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2018 tasting report: 2018 Holiday Gift Coffees

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