Old City Coffee
Old City Blend
|Roaster Location:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||August 2002|
Ken admires this blend's "rich, powerful, low-toned acidity, fullish body, and dry chocolate nuance," but is distracted by "a hint of bitter peanut tones and a cloying background flatness" (rating 86). Chris is both more specific -- "dark roast beans blended with very light roast, which hides the borderline past-crop flavor" -- and more metaphoric: "This coffee is hanging on for dear life with a shot of sweet wine adrenaline" (rating 82).
A blend of 94% medium-roasted India Plantation A and small amounts of darker roasted beans from other origins. Old City Coffee is a boutique specialty coffee roaster that promises roasting and shipping within 48 hours for Internet orders. Visit
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"Past-crop flavor" is a cuppers' term for a dull flatness, often intensified by woody or rope-like tones. The peanut tones Ken objects to probably derive from the very light-roasted component of the blend. However, both Ken and Chris acknowledge this coffee's foreground rich complexity, whether described as wine (Chris) or dry chocolate (Ken).
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2002 tasting report: India Coffees