Old City Coffee
Old City Blend
|Roaster Location:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||August 2002|
Blind Assessment: 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).
Notes: 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
Who Should Drink It: "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).
This review originally appeared in the August, 2002 tasting report: India Coffees