Preparation: Pour Over
Scores: Scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being excellent
Crisp and Clean
Dislikes: Sour Finish
Summary: I first bought whole beans from Water Avenue Coffee at my local Zupans grocery store and used my Mr. Coffee to brew a few cups for some girl friends. I explained to them that this was not going to be a Starbucks moment. I served Water Avenue's "El Toro Espresso" and although I am not critiquing it today, it was great in my opinion. It was a blend from all major coffee growing regions. The description on the bag said....... dark chocolate and sweet peanut butter. I grabbed that baby and threw it in my buggy. Yummy!!!!
OK, on to today's event. Water Avenue hasn't always been the coolest place to visit. Other than OMSI and a few other places it really has been an industrial area that usually is under construction of some kind.
I was surprised at the up and coming feeling it had today. I brought my friend Kerri with me and it was a good thing because I passed Water Avenue Coffee the first time (it is easy to miss) and she turned me around and she also spotted a parking space just a block away. Kerri is the best!!!
Upon arrival we were greeted by a very nice young man named Billy. I explained to him that I wanted Kerri and I to taste two different coffees. He suggested El Salvador Las Delicias and Nicaragua Segovia 'el jefe'. The two couldn't have been more different from each other. I had the El Salvador and Kerri had the Nicaragua. Although, I tasted Kerri's coffee after my own, I am only fairly critiquing the El Salvador. I definitely liked the Nicaragua, but decided I need to focus on one coffee at a time. It is fun to taste and compare, though!
First, I want to point out that this coffee was made using the Pour Over method. It takes time and a little patience, but worth the few extra minutes. It gives you a cup of coffee that is pure, clean and clear. There is not the residue or oils that you have with a french press.
El Salvador Las Delicias is a bright, crisp coffee that ends with a citrus tang. On the menu description (which I read afterward) it is described as having notes of milk, chocolate and tangerine with a sparkling finish. I didn't taste the milk and chocolate, but definitely tasted the tangerine and sparkling finish. (this may be reason to revisit) Overall, I enjoyed the flavors of this coffee and the experience. It was especially good with the carrot zucchini muffin that was super moist and light. I would drink this coffee anytime, but recommend pairing it with a tasty, not too sweet bakery item.
Overall score: 8