We all know that Seattle is synonymous with coffee. From that mermaid logo seemingly on every street corner to the ‘Best’ on grocery shelves across the country, the city’s coffee eminence is always present. It seems given the right cultural vibe, coffee houses can coalesce in a common place just because. But there must be a foundation of originality and quality in Seattle that projects a roaster from a local favorite to national, or even worldwide acclaim.
My curiosity was peaked after receiving some samples from Seven Coffee Roasters based in…you got it, Seattle! I took a wonderful journey with three different roasts that surprised and intrigued me, while leaving a satisfied smile that I can’t wait to tell about.
Generally, I evaluate a coffee based on my personal rubric, which I‘m sure matters not at all to anyone. I like examining the packaging and appreciate the old school papery feel straight from the roasting house. Seven Roasters does that, albeit in a very understated way. Next, I like to look at beans. Some are petite, others are more round and they always vary as to how oily or dry they are. Nothing scientific from me, but curiosity as to which bean might brew a bit bitter with an extra gram or which bean needs an extra bit to hit my bold meter. Initially I was a little thrown off by Seven Roasters. The beans in each package were slightly different shades of brown and slightly different sizes. While this really messed with my rubric it didn’t stop me from grinding, brewing and tasting; which I did over and over.
I’ll back up a bit and touch on the packaging again, because I missed something key early on. The front of the packaging provides tasting notes (which I did see), but it also defines the regions of the world the beans are sourced from. That’s right…regions. Single origin coffee is somewhat prominent right now, especially with the Third Wave Coffee movement. So why is Seven Roasters mixing beans from all over the world into one roast? Now when I realized this I had already had several days worth experience with Seven Roasters. Each cup was flavorful, very consistent with tasting notes, easy to grind, easy to brew and repeatedly smooth.
Seven Roasters offers the utmost in quality, one of the attributes I mentioned in my opening paragraph as foundational for a really great coffee.
I began to wonder if Seven Roasters’ method of blending beans was the other foundational ingredient: originality, or better yet ingenuity. Nevertheless there was certainly a level of greatness going on. For instance, Seven Roasters Espresso Huli is a combination of beans from Sumatra, Brazil, Ethiopia and Uganda. Seven Roasters isn’t just pulling names out of a hat, there definitely is a purpose in this blend because the result is fantastic. I actually fresh ground this bean and used it in a camping percolator, when I was traveling last week. And, I still couldn’t mess it up.
However, I realize the results I taste are not just from blending. There is an expert hand involved in roasting as well. Seven Roasters roasts in small batches. They call it artisan, which is a very apt term simply because their roasters have certainly perfected their craft.
I could go on with this Seven Roasters coffee review, but really this is a coffee everyone needs to try.
In closing this Seven Coffee Roasters review, it’s apparent the company is carefully mixing and matching beans from all of the world with a specific flavor purpose in mind. I wish I could speak more on the science of roasting but that is not my forte as a coffee reviewer. I can however, speak to the smoked fruit of Seven Roasters Guatemala Trapichitos and the robust sweetness of Seven Roasters Roaster’s Choice. These purposely blended beans under the hand of an expert roaster is truly something special. Perhaps, I just wonder, if Seven Roasters could be the next local roaster to become world-renown.
Seven Roasters offers a 3 for $35 which is an amazing deal for quality coffee of this caliber.