Counter Culture Coffee
what is it?
Counter Culture Coffee is a locally roasted (Philly) coffee. The company has built a reputation for high quality roasts and sourcing single-origin beans (beans from one area versus something like olive oil which is often sourced from a few countries then mashed up together). To source from one area means the flavor is consistent to that growing region… like wine… but it also means relationships can be built with farmers.
I picked up Cinco De Juno, soured from Las Sabanas, Nicaragua and certified organic. The flavor profile is described as hazelnut, apple and toffee. After grinding the beans the scent was more like honey and raisins to me. Close to toffee?
The bag was clearly marked with the roasted date. This is important because as soon as the green coffee bean is roasted it begins it’s journey to becoming rancid (it’s a chemical thing, between the oils, sugars and so on). Get the real details on what happens after beans are roasted from this reliable source.
Back to the bag. “The Cinco De Junio cooperative of Las Sabanas, Nicaragua, has been one of our strongest partnerships over the past six years. This year growers worked especially hard on the planet to address changes that negatively impacted quality in the past few years. Their hard work is showcased in this coffee, which we believe is one of the best they have ever produced. Notes of hazelnut, apple, and toffee.” – Counter Culture Coffee
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The roast was not a dark (oily) roast and even though it was a medium roast it was not sour, which I sometimes find in a light to medium roast. I used the coffee in a percolator and it was perfect for a light morning cuppa.
BTW, you’ll only want to grind what you need or grind enough beans for 2 or three days and store the grinds in a tightly sealing glass jar, this helps preserve the grinds until you are ready to brew. Once ground the flavor will begin to change (see the link above that talks about roasting beans.) Do what you like to store the unused beans but I put them in a mason jar and put them in the freezer. I’m the only coffee drinker the a bag last a while.