The accident part was that I didn't notice they also roasted in Washington state. Makes sense when you have customers in the lower 48. Reduces the heck out of shipping costs. However it means that I still don't have an Alaska coffee. I've listed them under both Alaska and Washington on the roaster list.
As always I love a good design and their packaging does not disappoint. I liked several of the different bags and the creative covers for each blend. I didn't order a mug since they didn't have one with the house blend logo and I kind of wanted it to match.
I'm reviewing the AeroPress cup here since it was my favorite.
I used the recipe that won Nick Hatch 2nd place in the WAC-2-015 AeroPress competition Why? Because I generally like that one. I'm still playing with different ratios to see which one I like better. Varies from coffee to coffee, but this is where I've been starting lately. Worked well for this one.
Instead of bitter roasty water I got a cup with depth and a lot of body. It had a nice heavy aroma. I could smell the roast, but it was pleasant, not over powering. Like smelling your favorite food grilling. Some sweetness in the aroma and some spice. I was thinking sugar and spice. as I breathed it in.
The body was full and comforting. It had a deep, rich sweetness that got stronger for me as the cup cooled. The sweetness reminded me of cocoa sprinkled fruits. Blood orange maybe, along with raisin, currant and darker red fruits. It was a heavy sweetness. There was a spiciness that came through in the aftertaste, which lingered, I didn't get a lot of the spiciness upfront but it did leave a good taste in my mouth. It's interesting how coffee changes not just from day to day, but even from sip to swallow. I got a good acidity, but not a bitter bite. (at least not with this brew method) There was a pleasant dryness to the aftertaste as well. The cocoa taste got stronger for me as it cooled, but it was there throughout the cup. Not quite baker's chocolate, not really sweet enough to be milk chocolate either. Fancy eating chocolate is my best analogy. I probably should brush up on "official" coffee terms - but I'm not going to. I'm just going to drink it and use whatever words I like. :-)
Foods - Great with my pancakes. Good with eggs. Not so great with my afternoon salad.
If you try this one and you have the equipment be sure to try brewing it different ways. Especially if you're like me and the first one or three don't really work for you. I'm glad I went through the other methods because I ended up really enjoying this bag.
check out Raven's Brew on the web - The entire site is pretty interesting, so don't just go straight to what they have for sale.