Thursday, April 14, 2011
Alligator French - Equator Coffees - San Rafael, California
Preparation: French Press
Scores: Scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being excellent
Summary: Finally, the coffee beans I have been waiting for arrived via UPS to my front door. I was extremely excited to see the two packages. I swear that when I opened the door the aroma of the freshly roasted beans caught an air current and swirled up to my nostrils. Seriously, I could smell the beans through the brown cardboard boxes. I bet the UPS man was salivating as the smell engulfed his truck.
I ordered these coffee beans online from the site GoCoffeeGo. The bag is stamped clearly with the roasting date April 11, 2011. Awesome! Today is April 14 (the beans came yesterday) and that is super fresh! I am very impressed. Now lets hope the beans themselves will reach my expectations.
Alligator French is a fair trade organic coffee that is dark roasted with Ecuador, Ethiopia and Sumatra beans. The profile on the bag says "robust earth tones, smoky tropical wood, prunes and walnuts". Now I don't know what smoky tropical wood tastes like, but I do know about prunes and this is not my first thought as I swirl the coffee in my mouth. There is definitely a smoky flavor that is not overwhelming. It is pleasant and unique on my palate. I note almonds with a toffee like sweetness in the aroma and in the flavor. This coffee is well balanced robust and ends with a bite of blueberries. I like it a lot. Since I made three cups I am going to save the rest for iced coffee. See ya later _______?
Overall score: 9