One of the things that I am wanting to do with this blog is to use it as a source of reviewing coffee roasters as well as coffee shops and coffee gear! If you or someone you know is interested in having one of these reviewed, please let me know, via the ‘Contact‘ page.
The first review that I will be doing is of Left Roasters. This review is strictly of my own accord, so I am receiving no benefit for approving of this coffee or for approving of Left Roasters’ roasting skills. I heard about Left Roasters from another barista friend. He had heard wonderful things and decided to order some of their coffee to try. Luckily, when it arrived, I was working with him, so I got to try it as well. So, without further ado, I want to introduce you to Left Roasters.
Left Roasters, in Portland, began in January of 2015 and is a company that is not only made up of coffee lovers, but lovers of the arts as well. Left says that they have three areas in which they focus their energies: coffee, community, and creativity. Quality over quantity is definitely their focus, but alongside that is a heart for those involved in every aspect of coffee production: farmers, roasters, baristas, consumers, etc. If you are interested in understanding their “Farm to Cup Ethics,” check out their website for more information. Summarily, though, I will acknowledge their “direct trade” relationship, of which their coffee providers have with the coffee farmers. As a company, they have coffee providers who seek to not only give satisfactory pay to coffee farmers, but to push further than that and to support them “as holistic beings who need much more than just financial provision to thrive.”
On top of this, a video, which was released in January 2015, acknowledges their connection with Humble Beast Records, of which I had never heard. Humble Beast Records is a Christian company who actually gives all of their music away for free. And part of the way that they are able to offer their music for free is through merchandise, concerts, and donations. But with the creation of Left Roasters, they now have another source of income, which further allows them to give their music freely.
Now, after introducing Left Roasters to you, I would like to briefly comment on the coffee that I tried. Specifically, I had the Guatemalan, Dulce Leonarda, which is a washed-processed coffee, produced by a farmer named Gustavo Mauricio Tello. This particular coffee is made up of three varietals: Bourbon, Caturra, and Catuai. I brewed this coffee with a V60, with a 16:1 water-to-coffee ratio (400:25), and with a brewing temperature of 203F. If you have been following @ManthanoCoffee on Instagram, you will have already seen these notes that I made regarding this coffee. Here is what I said:
“I just finished a Guatemalan Coffee from @leftroasters that was absolutely fantastic! Strong, dry-aroma notes of lemon and maybe watermelon, with strong, wet-aroma and flavor notes of caramel and maybe vanilla. And alongside all of this, there was a nuttiness that reminded me of my grandma’s pecan pie. Great, creamy mouthfeel, medium body, and a superb finish and aftertaste! Definitely one of my favorites! Check them out!”