Barrie House Roasters is a coffee brand that's interested us for while now. It's Fair Trade, USDA organic, and interestingly enough sponsored by Marth Stewart. We recently reached out to their company and they were generous enough for send us their finest brews in exchange for an unbiased Barrie House Roasters review.
Single serve coffee makers offer a lot of features that many find irresistible when it comes to enjoying their daily dose of coffee. I personally like single serve because you can change roasts, brands, and flavors in the blink of an eye. They are quick and easy. And, in an office setting where coffee is usually around all day, you avoid having to deal with the obligatory burnt coffee pot. While coffee pods certainly have their place, there are some coffee drinkers who associate this delivery form with lower quality and less fresh coffee.
For quite a while now, I have strictly been a “fresh grind every morning (sometimes afternoon and evening too), pour over or specialty drip” kind of person. Yet, when I was offered a chance to sample some roasts from Barrie House Coffee Roasters, I opted for their single serve package. Barrie House has a great reputation for their whole been varieties and I knew they offered those same roasts in the single serve package. So I decided to strictly drink single serve brewed coffee for the past two weeks.
I have been drinking a variety of both medium and dark roasts from Barrie House and each flavor revealed several excellent traits. I soon realized or remembered why single serve became so commonplace for daily coffee drinkers. If you put quality roasted and ground coffee in a single serve cup, people will drink it. Unfortunately, not all single serve is held to that high standard which is probably why so many people don't give K-Cups and coffee pods a chance.
Barrie House sources single origin beans as well as estate blends. I like the idea of estate blends, meaning all the beans come from one growing estate, but are blended for a specific flavor. Similar in a sense to single barrel or blended whiskeys where the final flavor is in the hand of a master roaster or distiller.
- Medium Roast
- Light Body
- Hints of tropical fruit
- Smooth and consistent flavor
If single serve is your daily routine or just an occasional brew, I recommend keeping some Barrie House on hand. All around, it is good solid coffee and with a lot of variety that I am sure will please every coffee drinker. With that said, I’d like to mention one Barrie House flavor that really stood out to me.
If I were to walk into the Barrie House Clay Avenue coffee shop in the Bronx tomorrow I would order a fresh cup of Morning Ritual. It has a distinct flavor that hit my palate just right. The beans are from an estate blend and the flavor appears to be the result of a grand intentional effort. It left such a great impression that I may continue to think Morning Ritual every time I see a Barrie House label. Morning Ritual is a medium roast, with some hints of citrus that blend wonderfully with a somewhat contrasting full and robust aroma. What I noticed after several single serve cups of Morning Ritual was the absolute consistency of that flavor.
No Barrie House Roasters review would be complete without a mention of just how consistent this coffee was.
That consistency is a testimony to Barrie House’s incredible capability in sourcing and roasting their beans. Given the natural variations of producing beans, I believe it is rather difficult to produce the exact same flavors each go around. Barrie House does it though, and they do it on a large scale. Barrie House produces a significant amount of coffee in a wide variety of packaging. As mentioned, they offer a plethora of single serve flavors, as well as most of those same varieties in whole bean, specialty ground, and pods packaging. Barrie House knows coffee and they should. The family has been at it since the 1940s.
If it wasn't already apparent in this Barrie House Roasters review, I recommend this coffee brand; they have something for everyone and their impressive flavor is something I think would appeal to coffee lovers of all types. In fact, I have been eyeing the Barrie House single origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and estate blend Hawaiian Kona Blend. I am not sure if they can rival the Morning Ritual, but I am sure willing and looking forward to find out. Thanks Barrie House!