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9/12 Talor & Jorgen - https://www.talorjorgen.no/en

 

Time for something a little more exotic - Talor & Jorgen from Oslo . Let's cut to the chase , this coffee is delicious, one of my fav's this year. So three coffees , same rules as before, filter though a v60 and mountain dripper ( posh v60 thingy ) . When looking at the coffees on the website you get the tasting notes in bold to guide your choice. Its a clean and simple website , go have a look. So the coffee......

 

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Kapsokisio - Kenyan - Washed - Yep floral berries , clean and sweet and sticky tasting, so sweet and refreshing knock out .

 

La Leaona - Honduran - Washed - Dark berries , plummy , one draw back of the tasting notes was i didn't look the hard at this one. Roasted more for espresso and stove pot, but I still got a delightful brew out of this .

 

Nensebo - Ethiopia - Washed - Stone fruits and vibrant - sticky again , fantastic .

 

This roaster certainly have their own style , and funky eye catching packaging. Was a little disappointed with the plastic bags inside which were not air tight , which isnt a deal breaker for me , they just looked a little cheap and irrationally i though they might make the coffee a little sweaty. I get lot of of coffee from my local roasters in brown paper bags , they are not air tight either , so I am probably being irrational .

 

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If you wanna buy some email em , it aint cheap , but as a one off treat , its very tasty coffee.


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9/12 Talor & Jorgen - https://www.talorjorgen.no/en

 

Time for something a little more exotic - Talor & Jorgen from Oslo . Let's cut to the chase , this coffee is delicious, one of my fav's this year. So three coffees , same rules as before, filter though a v60 and mountain dripper ( posh v60 thingy ) . When looking at the coffees on the website you get the tasting notes in bold to guide your choice. Its a clean and simple website , go have a look. So the coffee......

 

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If you wanna buy some email em , it aint cheap , but as a one of treat , its very tasty coffee.

 

Xpenno gave me a sample of these, I'll try these at the weekend.


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I'm not usually a floral guy but got to say that I'm really looking forward to the Kapsokisio, hopefully mine should be here tomorrow, gonna savor them


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You'll have read this too:

 

 

  • "What's with your packaging? The plastic bag inside is made with recycled plastic but we're working on a biodegradable solution. You can place it in plastic recycling when you're done with it. As for the paper, it can go into the paper recycling.
    We understand that it might be unusual or confronting for a specialty roaster to sell coffee that isn't air tight but we promise that we do everything for a reason.
    Research published during the Roasters Guild of Europe found that all packaging currently used to store coffee does little to nothing to hinder staling of roasted coffee. Coffee will begin to degrade the moment it is roasted, regardless of how it is packed. So rather than pay lip-service to freshness, we are endeavouring to send small amounts of freshly roasted coffee regularly, rather than packing it and expecting it to keep its freshness.
    If you consume the coffee within a month from roasting, it'll be delicious."

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that's cool, I can roll with that explanation (rushes off to find the research...)

 

got to say that taylor is really nice, exchanged a few emails and clearly one of the nicest roasters that I've come across in a while, very helpful, great comms, would like to see more of this from others...


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I had some Talor and Jorgen from Barista Hustle subscription earlier in the year, and then a different bean later on from a local shop.

 

Taken with MrBoots' reviews, and my personal experience, they are a very good roaster.

I'd stick them up with Gardelli on my to order as a treat for myself list. (Where I am lucky enough to be able to get Square Mile, 'The Barn' and 'Coffee Collective' locally in Dublin on an intermittent basis)

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Would love to get Talor and Jorgen on LSOL but it would smash all records of expenditure!

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10/12 Foundry Coffee Roasters - www.foundrycoffeeroasters.com

Little introduction needed for these guys , been active on the forum pre roasting and post cafe. Always a pleasure to have their beans.

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So summer is here , time to enjoy the longer days and let the sun put a smile on your face. Plus there are new crop African coffees abounds , the thought of this makes me act like an excited child, add in Foundry roasting em and its a double treat.

So four coffees this time , same rules as before all brewed filter style , predominantly in the mountain dripper with v60 papers.

 

Biftu Gudina - Ethiopian - Washed

Sticky , stone fruits , honey sweet, delicious . This was though the least favourite of the four , but that's only coz one has to be , not in this pack it would rat very highly on its own.

 

Guji Highlands - Ethiopian - Natural - the crowd pleaser of the coffees. Wonderfully aromatic when ground. Sweet , cherry/plum red fruit like, with a nice lemon curd acidity . Complex yes. What does this mean , to me , that different sips can produce different tastes that confound and delight. Brewed this up in the local cafe for people to try , got a wow from everyone.

 

Kimandi AA - Kenyan - Washed

A really delightful Kenyan - Yes it has balance , what do I mean ? Well its sweet , there is berries , they work together . You need to enjoy acidity to enjoy Kenyan coffee , but this does a great job of delivering a fantastic gluggable exciting Kenyan , that steers clear of face crunching acidity.

 

Kiunyu AA - Kenyan - Washed

More acidity than the Kimandi but still a treat , lime and blackcurrant popsicle was my first stab at describing this. Im sticking to it.

 

So around £10 a bag , 350 g bags , free next day tracked shipping on orders over £30 . Great coffee, great guys, selling great machines too ( Londiniums ) whats not to love . With the Rocko being talked of as the best yet, it should be a cracking summer for the Sheffield boys. Oh and for every sale of Rocko you can feel good that money is going towards the Girls Gotta Run Foundation ( info here - http://www.girlsgottarun.org ) For those that like great African tasty coffee , get stuck in while these beans are around , or visit the cafe in Sheffield .

 

Thanks for all the great coffee @foundrycoffeeroasters.com

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11/12 Brown Bear Roasters - https://www.brownbear.co/dept/coffee/

Slightly different this month . Followed on from some posts on another thread re the potential quality of this roaster , whose beans were £2.50 a bag.

Before starting , lets be clear , taste is king , and it's all down to personal preference. Just because i like something doesn't mean you will and vice versa.

There are a few things i look for when i am buying off the internet from a new roaster, beyond the obvious ( i.e. do I like the descriptor of the beans i am looking at ) .

1. What are the beans ( origin etc ) . Gives me some idea of traceability and quality , some roasters will have cupping scores on there . If a roaster lists a coffee as Brazilian only then it starts to ring alarm bells re the quality and care taken sourcing coffee.

2. Roasting dates and some info on who roasts it .

3. Price - there is no magic solution to sourcing great coffee at under £3 a bag , loss leader or not. Good greens cost money , all companies at some point need to make a profit .

 

So i ordered two bags from Brown bear at £2.50 a bag . What are you getting for you cash .

The beans are shipped from a E Commerce storage unit in the Midlands . Brown bear itself are listed as a London company . Brown Bear source their roasting out to a third party , specialist small batch roaster ( this is quite from a email from them ) . The beans comes with a best before date only one them.

My two beans were December 2018 , I am guessing this means that they were roasted Dec 17 ?

I asked about where the beans were sourced from and if they could be more specific about origin and farm.

"Our Colombian coffee is seasonal and changes throughout the year, so we don't focus on farm and estate. Our focus is offering great quality and great tasting coffees at great prices, so we need to be flexible on sourcing our Colombian coffee."

You can this on face value and be happy or question if they actually know up to you .

 

So the coffee ....

 

Real Columbia - Listed notes of Toffee and Marzipan with Good acidity and little bitterness. Brewed as v60 - flat dull , little bitter ( possible the hazelnuts ? ) with an unbalanced brightness to it . Across a number of brews I really didnt enjoy this , and it was a real chore to drink . My non coffee nerd friends dont normally comment on drinks , on this one these were half left .

 

Blue Mountain - Listed as sweet and malty. This is a Costa Rican Coffee . The better of the two . As black filter it has that generic coffee taste - bitter , caramell like and well it tastes like a generic coffee that I would drink from say Greggs or something .There are tons of south American beans that can delver that flavour profile to a better standard . My non coffee nerd friends dark this with milk added without too much comment . I kinda expected this though with this bean .

 

Both these coffee's needed to be ground really fine , really fine to get a extraction over 3 minutes , which is where I am for to start adjusting from . This suggests to me they are not the freshest .

 

Being honest though , this roaster isn't aimed at me , the site is simple and has simple tasting notes ( this is a good thing ) . There are too many specialty roasters that have websites that take me ages to find out what a coffee actually tastes of .

Should the narrative of where the beans come from , who and how they are roasted make a difference , not really , again taste is king . All beans are roasted and stored somewhere and sent to me , the fact these are from a E Commerce self storage company shouldn't chase my opinion of how they taste .

They are plenty of roasters out there that sell beans for more than £2.50 , that have the romantic narrative of bean to cup , that will have pretty pictures of the roaster and who roasts it . It's still no guarantee of getting a good cup . They ay have a roast date but you are trusting that the greens are fresh crop etc.

There a people who want an uncomplicated experience form their coffee , for it to taste like " coffee " and the website and prices and process to be simple and cheap . No shame in that , it's just not for me. What do I mean by this . I love the simplicity of sites like Talor and Jorgen

https://www.talorjorgen.no/en/coffee. I like my coffee to be value for money , but I also get that if you pay cheap prices , you potentially end up with cheap commodity coffee. Yes i Like some personal info around the beans and the ethos of the company .

Personally I would want a slicker experience , from a website like this , the two bags come in a huge box that would not fit in a letter box, this could be slicker and could have been letter box friendly .

I would rather drink less coffee and spend a bit more to get something I am happy with and more confident on its origin and quality and given that People like James Gourment can deliver coffee for espresso at under a fiver , roast it fresh , and tell you what's in the blend ,then for me places like Brown Bear are not delivering value even at £2.50 . Then again , Brown Bear isn't really marketing itself at me either .

I wouldnt try again . If you have £2.50 plus postage to spare though give em a go and form your own opinion .

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Thanks for taking the time to write this well-balanced, personal opinion, excellent review.


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100% agree with you. Even took mine to a boot sale yesterday in an attempt to get rid!


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My Brown Bear decaf will be fermenting on my compost heap at somepoint soon. It may even develop a better flavour.. Flat white made from them was bland and flavourless. My other half said they were rubbish (I made it for her). Since most of the coffee I buy is decaf, and I'm practically basing the whole of my #12roasterschallenge on decaf, I actually ranked them as half a roaster as I felt I'd be cheating the system by using them.


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12/12 Tim Wendelboe - https://www.timwendelboe.no/coffee/

Bit of a treat this one from the ever generous @MWJB. So prices , shipping , no idea :)

If you are new to Specialty coffee , then Tim Wendelboe might not be a name you are familiar with. Wishing specialty coffee though he is a bit of a legend . World Barista Champion in 2003 , Cafe owner , roaster and farm owner . Go look him up . If you have the chance to try his coffee , get some it will cost you , but its worth it as as one off .

All brews filter as usual , both coffees were filter roasts.

 

Giakanja- Kenyan - Washed

Intense Red Berries , easy to work with , fruit bomb loveliness.

 

Nano Challa - Ethiopian - Washed - Delicious - Fragrant on the grind and in the cup , one of the few coffees that I will gladly label " floral " and not feel stupid or fake in doing so. - Juicy , divine balanced acidity sweet, again easy to work with , possibly the best Ethiopian I've had this year.

 

So that's the sun setting on my 12 roasters challenge . It have enjoyed doing it , and ill probably add at least one more to this , as i enjoy the exercise .

Cheers folks

 

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