Drop Coffee Roasters La Linda—black tea and jasmine

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are doing well!

Today, we were enjoying a slow New Years Day at home. As we took a little walk outside, we happened to meet our friends who live next door. They were kind enough to invite us over for a cup of coffee. As the ladies were enjoying their Japanese genmaicha, we guys concentrated on what we love so much: high quality coffee.

Man, what they offered me was truly high quality stuff: ”La Linda”, a Java varietal from Drop Coffee Roasters, Stockholm, Sweden. I got a peek at the label: ”Elegant cup with light-medium body. Notes of nutmeg, bergamot, black tea with a hint of jasmine.” Oh yes, the bag aroma was really amazing: somewhat fruity, maybe, but mainly herbal, even floral.

My friend is a very skilled pour-over man. It was a pleasure to watch him work his magic on the Hario setup. He revealed some of the details:

  • 6,5 g of coffee/100 g of water
  • water temperature: 95°C
  • blooming: 30 sec with 35 g of water
  • total brewing time: 4 min

The results were fantastic. In my opinion, the black tea and jasmine were the most prominent flavors. There was some bergamot and other spices as well. Also, when my friend made another pot with a slightly longer brewing time (5 min), a upper midrange sweetness appeared. Caramel, perhaps? I really liked it!

This was a very nice way to start the new coffee year! Thank you so much!

Today’s lesson:

  1. It’s amazing to have friends!
  2. It’s fantastic to have friends who know their coffee!
  3. Check out Drop Coffee Roasters! They really know their trade.

Drop Coffee Roasters Samaichacha—fresh fruits and milk chocolate

Our friends moved back from Stockholm, Sweden, and brought us this: Samaichacha from Drop Coffee Roasters. Thank you so much!

Samaichacha is all about washed Caturra from Bolivia. On the label, the roastery provides the following information: ”A medium bodied cup, notes of crunchy pink apple and milk chocolate, with a floral hint. A lasting aftertaste and mouthfeel reminding of mature red wine.” The roast is medium-light at around 2/5.

As I ground the beans, I got a mouthwatering aroma of milk chocolate and fresh fruits, which made me think of some of the fantastic products from Turun Kahvipaahtimo.

I tried brewing the coffee in both my AeroPress (inverted, steel filter) and moka pot. Either way, I got a beautiful combination of juicy fruitiness (not as in the chewing gum, but in real fresh cut fruits) and milk chocolate. The fruitiness was always there, but the chocolate thing balanced it out nicely, and brought some nice higher midrange body to the flavor. Honestly, I didn’t detect any actual wine-like flavor, but the long finish did remind me of the way a good Merlot feels in the mouth.

Samaichacha is definitely a high quality product, no doubt about it. I really enjoyed it, especially in the morning. I guess I’ll have to crash at my brother’s place in Stockholm, and get some more!