This great coffee from Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters in Denver, CO showed up as part of our participation in the Coast 2 Coast Roast program. I can’t recommend this program enough. All you do is sign up and commit to sending some of your favorite specialty coffee to someone else around the country. In return, you get some of their favorite specialty coffee sent to you. We’ve participated twice, and so far so good. Each of our Brew Pal’s have been fun, interesting, and engaging people. Thank you, Michael, for turning us on to Sweet Bloom.
The Packaging. So the coffee showed up in a padded USPS flat rate envelope and left a bad taste in my mouth right away. Little did I know there was redemption on the horizon. Inside the envelope was a white box with a Sweet Bloom stamp on it. Not ‘super-wow,’ but better than nothing at all. The box certainly did a good job with its primary function- to protect the contents inside. Too many times I’ve had coffee show up in an envelope where the bag was just beat up from the long trip. No wow, and no protection= complete fail. Sweet Bloom did not fall prey to this money saving trick- great job!
The bag is a completely different story. Sweet Bloom Coffee did a great job with their bags. They communicate the brand identity and are completely ‘on theme.’ Sweet Bloom’s concept is to go from ‘bloom to bloom.’ This means tracking down and enjoying great coffee from the bloom of the coffee plant to the bloom of the pre-infusion process in brewing coffee. It’s great. Images of coffee plants are screen printed on the bag in a very tasteful manner, and there is a bloom of the coffee flower on the bottom of the bag. Also printed on the back are info about the company and brew instructions.
The coffee information came in the form of a small sticker on the front of the bag. It was simple and clean, containing the origin and flavor notes. I don’t think you really need any more than that.
The Coffee. The flavor notes listed were floral bouquet, peach nectar, and lemon lime. I’m happy to report that I didn’t get much floral bouquet. I really don’t like the taste or sensation of getting flowers to the face, and Sweet Bloom didn’t really hit me with it. What I got in the pour-overs I prepared with the Blue Bottle dripper, Hario V60 dripper, and Kalita Wave 185, was a strong stone fruit flavor and a lemon lime kick at the end. It has a very pleasant acidity, and tastes wonderful. It’s a great example of a clean washed Ethiopian coffee, and is worth giving a try. I haven’t tried it with the Aeropress yet, but I don’t suspect I’ll get too much change in flavor profile. Mike drank it and also greatly enjoyed the coffee.
The Conclusion. I was very thankful to be able to try a coffee from my old stomping grounds in Lakewood, CO. Sweet Bloom is clearly doing a great job bringing specialty coffee to the Centennial State. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed.