This is my first-ever review of some actual coffee beans that I ground and brewed myself.
Recently, I've been doing a lot of cold brew coffee reviews, but I haven't gone as far as breaking down the rating categories beyond price and taste.
This is mainly because the coffee is already brewed, but who knows, maybe I'll get fancier with my cold brew reviews in the near future.
I'm a COMPLETE novice when it comes to reviewing coffee
This will need to be reiterated frequently: I am a complete newb when it comes to reviewing coffee.
Never in my life have I “cupped” coffee, nor have I tried to articulate what I taste beyond “good” or “bad” (ok, that's kind of a lie, but I'm embarrassed at how I describe what I taste in my coffee).
But as we all know very well by now, everyone has to start somewhere. And this is where my coffee reviewing journey begins.
These are going to be the rating categories I use for my coffee reviews
First off, full credit must be given to Kenneth Davids at CoffeeReview.com for his informative talk on reviewing coffee at Coffee Con SF in 2014.
He mentioned that coffee should be broken down by the following:
- Flavor (It's initial taste. Sweet? Bitter? Dry?)
- Aftertaste (It's lingering flavor)
- Aroma (How does it smell? Does its flavor and aftertaste match the smell?)
- Body (It's thickness and overall texture. How does it feel when it sits in the mouth?)
- Acidity (Citrus notes? Sour? Bright?)
My interpretations of these 5 rating categories are in the parentheses. I know I'm probably off the mark with many of them, but as I mentioned already, I'm new at this. This will continue to be a work in progress.
OK, now that that's out of the way let me talk about today's coffee review.
The choice was almost completely arbitrary. I saw the Andytown Ethiopia Yirgacheffe on the shelf at my local grocery store and decided to give it a try.
The coffee is a single origin (not a blend), medium-light roast coffee that I found to be surprisingly good.
Here's my video review if you have the patience to sit through it!