Always on the alert for a great tasting new coffee to brew at home, I was delighted to taste test the micro-roasted coffees of Seattle Gourmet Coffee.
The master roasters at Seattle Gourmet Coffee sent me three pounds of beans, one each of Emerald City Blend, Northwest, and Sorrento.
Grinding was a delight as I inhaled the rich and aromatic aroma of the coffees. If the nose of these coffees is any indication - dark, nutty and potent. The kitchen was filled with an enticing invitation to perk a pot.
I tried the Sorrento first. Billed as a darker Italian style roast, typical of Southern Italy, I found it to be lighter than I was expecting. Smooth and low acid, I recommend a higher coffee to water ratio to achieve a fuller bodied brew.
Northwest, a medium-bodied roast with a smooth and spicy finish, was next. This coffee is balanced and has an amazing depth of flavor. A real bargain at $11.95 per pound.
When I think of Emerald City, I think of the bejeweled fantasy city of the Wizard of Oz. Now, after tasting Seattle Gourmet Coffee's blend of African, South and Central American, and Indian coffee beans, I'll be dreaming of a hot and tasty cup of java.
Emerald City Blend with its luxurious mouthfeel and intense flavor was by far the favorite.
Seattle Gourmet Coffees can be bought online and the company also offers a Coffee of the Month Club (a terrific value at $50 for one pound per month, plus shipping & handling, as well as a 30% discount on future purchases ).
Seattle Gourmet Coffee is offering 10% off your order with the following promotional code: BURKE 1.