Springfield, Missouri, or “The Queen City of the Ozarks,” is known for many things. It is the home of Missouri State University, the Springfield Cardinals, and the always wonderful Askinosie Chocolate. It is said to be the birthplace of Route 66. And it is known for its tasty Cashew Chicken.
However, as a one-time student at Missouri State University–when I was just beginning to find the narrow path that leads to the pearly gates of the heavenly world of coffee–I know all too well the fact that the specialty coffee scene in Springfield has been lacking. Aside from The Coffee Ethic, of which I am especially grateful for, there wasn’t much.
Now, though, a half-decade after my time at Missouri State, Brick and Mortar Coffee has entered the scene and has been standing strong for just over two years. Brick and Mortar is a specialty coffee roasting company, seeking to “move people toward greater coffee craftsmanship.” Brick and Mortar says, “Our love is people, our design is simple, our craft is coffee.”
This love for people, simple design, and craft coffee is quite evident when visiting Brick and Mortar. When you walk inside, it is clear that this is not your average coffee shop. You won’t see a number of tables next to a number of outlets; rather, you will see one gigantic, and beautiful, community table, as well as a community-style bar, a space that they call a “Tasting Room.” This tasting room offers a limited menu with a changing selection of coffees. Alongside community seating, and a coffee-focused menu, you will also become quickly aware that this is also a roastery, where all that comes with roasting can be experienced from right inside the tasting room.
The coffee that I will be commenting on in this review, is Brick and Mortar’s Colombia Narino Fiesta. This coffee, being from the Narino region of Colombia, specifically from La Guamera farm, was grown at 1900-2250 masl. Brick and Mortar roasted this to 401F, what they call a “New American Roast.”
Brew Method: Chemex – 32g – Medium Grind (17 on a Baratza Encore) – 512ml Water – 203*F – 4:00min Brew Time. This was how it was brewed for this review, though I also tried it with a V60 and an AeroPress.
Analysis: Upon opening the bag, it was clear that this coffee is a natural processed coffee. Though I picked them out for my brew, there were a few quakers, but only a couple. After grinding the beans, the aroma smelled fruity, with notes of mango, blackcurrant, and lychee, reminding me of a Tropical Capri Sun. The aroma also had notes of chocolate and was a tad bit floral, with notes of hibiscus and maybe honeysuckle. Upon tasting it, the coffee was quite sweet. It was very smooth and maintained a medium body with a higher level of acidity, alongside barely any bitterness. Many of the aroma notes came through clearly in this coffee’s flavor; there was definitely mango, lychee, blackcurrant, and dark chocolate, as well as minor notes of maybe lime, pineapple, and lavender.
Now that I have had four fantastic coffees from Brick and Mortar Coffee, I will admit that this is probably my favorite one. These beans can be purchased from their website for $15.00. Brick and Mortar Currently ships their coffees in 8oz glass jars, though they can also be ordered in bulk.
Thanks so much for the review beans, Brick and Mortar Coffee!