Rost & Co. Honduras Filter—Exactly what they promise

As you may have noticed, I have recently tried several blends from Rost & Co., the artisan roastery based in Helsinki, Finland. This is the last one I got for now: Honduras Filter.

On the bag the company offers the following information:

  • Origin: Honduras, Ocotepeque, Co-op Cocafelol.
  • Altitude: 1100–1750 meters.
  • Processing: washed.

As for the tasting notes, they state (again, my translation): Nutty, soft, cocoa-like.

That’s it! That is exactly what you get. I would say the nuttiness is probably the main player. It is accompanied by a pleasant, soft acidity and a hint of cocoa, or maybe even some milk chocolate. Flavor-wise, this blend is pretty simple and straightforward, but in a good way. Overall, it is well-rounded and medium-mild.

In my opinion, Honduras Filter would be an excellent blend to have first thing in the morning. It paired extremely well with my daily breakfast pancake.

Check it out! You can get this blend and other Rost & Co. products from Kaffecentralen.

Rost & Co. Piriste Filter—delicate choral lyricism

Today I’ve got a new coffee review for you, and the coffee which I will be reviewing is this: ”Piriste Filter” from Rost & Co.

On the bag, the company describes the product thus (my translation): ”Soft, balanced, round.” The ingredients are listed as follows (the country names are in Finnish):

20% Etiopia Yirgacheffe

20% Brasilia Daterra

40% Kolumbia Cundinamarca

I would add that the roast seemed to be medium, around 3/5.

In my opinion, ”soft, balanced, round” is a very fitting description of this blend. The mouthfeel was kind of creamy—a lot like the other Rost & Co. blends I’ve tried—, but also kind of juicy. The flavor profile was pretty multifaceted: On the one hand, there was some nuttiness. On the other hand, however, I got a soft, fruity and berry-like acidity as well. In my opinion, all of these elements were there in equal proportion. It was as if none of them had the courage to take the spotlight, but all of the them decided to stay further the back on the stage instead. It was like a choir where every singer was faithfully singing their part, softly, I would add, but no one had been appointed soloist. Therefore the music sounded—I mean the coffee tasted—complex, but a little subdued.

That’s fine! Sometimes, instead of listening to a powerful Italian tenor (my beloved Pascucci Golden Sack!), you just want to enjoy soft and delicate choral lyricism. If that’s what you want in a coffee, ”Piriste” is for you! While it didn’t exactly ”wow” me, I liked it quite a bit.

Check it out! Along with other Rost & Co. blends, you can get it from Kaffecentralen.

Rost & Co. Krafti Espresso—a good, standard espresso with lots of R!

It has been an amazingly hectic two months for me. I haven’t been able to take the time to post all the coffee reviews I have in store. But today I can finally share my impressions of the blend I’ve been enjoying lately.

”Krafti Espresso” from Rost & Co. is a blend of 60% India Robusta Kaapi Royale and 40% Guatemala Acatenango. Right off the bat, this particular recipe sounds very appealing to me. On the bag, it says that the blend is (in my translation) ”strong” and ”rich” with ”notes of cocoa.” In my estimation, the roast is medium dark.

Now, a year ago, I might have been extremely enthusiastic about this blend. ”Krafti” is a very good, solid Robusta forward espresso that reminds me of many good Italian blends. As you could expect from a blend that contains as much as 60% of Robusta, the familiar earthiness from the big R is the main player. However, this earthiness is accompanied by some delicious notes of pine needles (”Flores,” the excellent straight Robusta by Cafetoria keeps coming to mind—check it out, I love it!) and vanilla. The blend is quite full flavored, but it doesn’t fatigue the palate. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

At the same time, though, I cannot help thinking that the flavor profile is a little on the nondescript side—and I don’t mean quality-wise. I am getting a lot of those quintessential espresso qualities, but nothing that would just jump out to me like, ”Hey, this is this thing!” if you see what I mean. Mind you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this blend—as I say, I’ve enjoyed it—, but nothing particularly memorable about it either.

In this sense, ”Krafti Espresso” is a bit like ”Peru Espresso,” the other Rost & Co. blend I tried a while ago: it’s a solid blend that does what it was made to do. It’s just that maybe making you go ”WOW” isn’t one of those things.

But hey, try it if you can! It is good! You can get it from Kaffecentralen.

Rost & Co. Peru Espresso—a basic espresso with lots of flavor

For quite some time now, I’ve been thinking of checking out some coffees by Rost & Co., the artisan roastery located in Helsinki, Finland. Recently, on one of my trips to the Helsinki university library (one of my favorite places!), I briefly visited Kaffecentralen, the great coffee shop in the very center of the city, and got four of their products. So, here we go!

The first one I tried was this: Peru Espresso. There was not a lot of information about the coffee on the bag, but they say this much:

  • origin: Peru, Cajamarca Co-Op Sol & Cafe
  • altitude: 1500–2050 m
  • processing: washed

I would add that the roast seemed to be medium-dark or dark, maybe around 3,5 on the scale of 5 (?).

As for tasting notes, the company states the following (my translation): balanced, notes of licorice and almond.

Very well, that’s precisely what this coffee tasted like when I brewed it in my Bialetti moka pot. On top of that, I got a delicious flavor of dark, bitter chocolate. It wasn’t very prominent, but did create a nice interplay with the licorice. At times, I also detected a slightly toasted, tobaccoey flavor. Having said that, in my opinion, Peru Espresso didn’t have the most complex flavor profile. On the one hand, it was quite flavorful and intense indeed. On the other hand, however, it was pretty straightforward. The mouthfeel was on the creamy side and quite smooth.

For me, Peru Espresso by Rost & Co. was a pretty basic espresso that offered some interesting flavors. While it didn’t knock my socks off, I did enjoy it. I especially found it pleasant after a big meal. So yeah, if you want a solid, dark and smooth espresso with lots of flavor, but one that you don’t need to think about so much, check it out! Like I say, you can get it from Kaffecentralen!