Steep & Brew
|Roaster Location:||Madison, Wisconsin|
|Coffee Origin:||Kona from the "Big Island" of Hawaii plus other coffees not disclosed|
|Review Date:||July 2005|
Blind Assessment: Subdued but rich aroma, complicated by cedar, leather and a shifty low-acid fruit, pumpkin one moment and pear the next. Simple in the cup but still rich, with a rather opulent mouthfeel and sweet dried fruit notes - raisin, apricot - leaning toward chocolate.
Notes: Kona blends are created as a sort of poor man's Kona, aimed at reproducing the sensory profile of this very expensive coffee using coffees from other origins to amplify the impact of the usually small percentage of actual Kona in the blend. The challenge often stimulates blenders to produce attractive coffees, as happens here with Steep & Brew, though the degree to which these blends actually mimic the delicate, classic profile of a good Kona may be debatable. Steep & Brew is wholesale and retail specialty roaster whose coffees appear in the Chicago area as well as in southern Wisconsin. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who care more about the journey than the goal.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2005 tasting report: Watch It, Seattle: Chicago-Area Coffees