So I recently posted about 10 ways to get FREE samples of COFFEE! In this post I mentioned Blue Bottle Coffee. A Roaster out of San Francisco and pretty well known by now in the major US cities for their specialty coffee! I opted in for their FREE coffee sample and received it freshly roasted a few days later! This was my experience with the coffee in my Aeropress. An excellent if not the BEST way to make your coffee and get the best flavors…
***This is gonna be a little unorthadox in how I review this coffee. I reviewed it a few weeks back and am just now getting to blogging the review, so here goes!
This is a hybrid review with personal opinion and not completely unbiased.
Blue Bottle Coffee – Who Are They?
Blue Bottle Coffee has a simple story. The mainstream guys weren’t cutting it for the founder, who at the time was a coffee drinking musician! The big dogs were letting down the masses with a free-thinking opinion and he set out on a self-made promise to sell his beans within 48-hours of roasting them. At the time all he had was a SIX-pound batch roaster. Which, by all means is better than a popcorn machine. That decision set the pace for what is now called Blue Bottle Coffee and one of the biggest specialty coffee roasters. Or is it?
Well I aim to provide yet another unbiased review of this experience. Based entirely off one roasted bean of many varietals they carry. When I opted in for the FREE sample, they sent me the Medium Roast Colombia Popayan Spring Harvest.
COLOMBIA POPAYAN SPRING HARVEST
This bean is no longer available with Blue Bottle Coffee, most likely they rotate farms, however I WILL say that I have had Blue Bottle Coffee before this FREE sample and the experience was very similar. This is all subjective too. I am going to admit first and foremost that I do not enjoy the profile of Blue Bottle Coffee. At least this roast and the Roasts that I have had in their Los Angeles location.
Because there is a very sour, acidic, tomato type smell and taste of the coffee beans and coffee brew. Both the aroma and taste are similar and it is almost like drinking coffee and speghetti at the same time. Now when I say speghetti, I do NOT mean a plate of it stacked with parmesian cheese. More so the tomato smell and taste of speghetti sauce. If you do not believe me, try the FREE sample of their coffee. I am not getting paid to make this review…
What is your experience?
I mean if anyone reads this and has recognized a similar trait in some coffees, please comment below! I tried the coffee with my brother and with my best friend and we could all pinpoint the similar aroma and taste. It is not off putting but it is also not the greatest.
A Little Lesson on Life and Reviews
So with that being said, HERE is ONE thing I must SAY! In life, the fact that you do not like something, whether it be music, food, art, or COFFEE, does NOT mean that it isn’t good. What you do not like isn’t always BAD… Sometimes it can be… but it’s really situational. The point is that you not liking something, just means that you as an individual are not ready to embrace and appreciate that experience.
I have had a dark roast phase, a Starbucks phase, a cold brew phase, a folgers phase (not by choice, this was in the NAVY) and also other phases not related to coffee. But as we get older we develop new tastes and opinions on things. We grow as people and change our minds. END of Lesson… haha
My point is, I am not wrong or right about this review because Blue Bottle Coffee is extremely SUCCESSFUL! I am just not ready to embrace this profile as a consistent brew in my life! But you may LOVE it! And then again, maybe I am being too nice… lol
The Beans: So these particular beans are from Popayán, Colombia. The farm is mostly made up of women farmers and has been putting out good beans since 2013. Other than this information, there is not much else about the beans origin such as altitude or washing process.
The Taste and Aroma: These are going together because they are so similar. Some coffees have separate profiles but I find that the Blue Bottle Coffee I have tried has a sweet acidic fruity taste and smell. There is a smell much like tomato, which is probably from the fruit and washing process, however I cannot be for certain.
Packaging: The packaging and branding of blue bottle coffee is top notch. They definitely go the extra mile with their product.
Overall Quality: The quality was excellent, it was a smooth coffee and not harsh at all. I just had trouble enjoying the taste. Again, I just think this is personal preference. I LOVE light roast coffees, however this one is not floral or sweet like most African beans I drink. Instead it has that tomato fruit like taste and smell that I do not particularly enjoy.
I would give this coffee an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars. I would not invest in something less than 4 stars, but everything this coffee has works for it.