Turns out it was a good thing to do.
I'm a sucker for good packaging and while that is not the most important part, it just makes me happy. Rook didn't disappoint. The bags are simple but nice with their logo - I'm going to get one of those t-shirts. The box they shipped in had the custom packing tape with the logo and inside was lots of black shred which was fun. Saved it for future craft projects.
Then there was this
The coffee is a "mild" roast. Not 100% sure what that means. It wasn't dark, but it wasn't blond either. I would say maybe a cinnamon color.
I brewed it in the beehouse, kalita wave and V60. Didn't get around to an aeropress with this one. My most common method was the beehouse usually using a 15:1 ratio.
The beans were tasty on their own and I think would make a good chocolate covered coffee bean. I know many people use espresso beans for those but I will use whatever beans I happen to like. I didn't make any with these beans, but I just thought they would be good for it.
The aroma was sweet and maybe a bit nutty.
The coffee had a medium/heavy body with a clean acidity. As always think Sprite with it's bright freshness, not Mountain Dew with the heavy taste that coats your mouth. It was a smooth coffee, not harsh and bitey. I got citrus tastes with a taste that reminds me of bright cherries. Not the heavy dark ones, but the lighter red ones. There was a note of spiciness, and a lot of sweetness. The sweetness was honeyish with a fruity sweet flavor too mixed with some chocolate notes. Like sprinkled cocoa on fruit that has been drizzled with honey.
I really enjoyed this coffee with breakfast. It went well with my typical breakfasts of fruit and nuts or eggs. I didn't care for it much with meat. Tried it at dinner and it just didn't work for me. Stuck to breakfast and lunch with it. I also tried it iced with a flash brew. Didn't care for it. I meant to try it in a cold brew, but just didn't get around to it.
It was a nice bag of coffee. The problem with trying coffee from all 50 states is that it takes awhile when I keep revisiting roasters. That's going to happen on payday when I order another bag from Rook. I want to try their Ethiopian Yirgacheffe,. I don't have a time limit to finishing my map and some roasters just need to be visited more than once. Rook is one of them.
Did I mention that they have organize a run? . The Rook Run
Running saved my life, so I extra heart anyone who promotes running. :-) The next Rook Run is coming up in October - so check it out and register if you're going to be (or can be) in the area. Don't think you can run a 5k? yes you can. Even if you walk most of it, you can do it. I weighed well over 300lbs when I did my first one. I lived and it was FUN. And this run raises money for fighting childhood cancers and blood disorders. Get healthier, have fun and help a good cause.
I also got a diner mug for my collection. I do love the diner mugs.