Ironclad Coffee Roasters, as mentioned before, is a coffee roaster/coffee shop in Richmond, VA Ironclad, according to their website, is an adjective, meaning, “So firm or secure as to be unbreakable.” Therefore, an ironclad promise is a binding promise, a promise without weakness.
And that is, in fact, what Ironclad makes, an ironclad promise, committing to a high standard of customer care, “rooted in preserving and, perhaps, restoring part of what has made America great.”
Dedication to customer care, though, is not where Ironclad stops; they are also extremely dedicated to bringing their customers great coffee!
For this review, we will specifically be looking at Ironclad’s Nicaragua Gold Mountain “The Don’s Tutti Frutti.” It is a sun dried, full natural processed coffee, coming from the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua.
Brew Method: Chemex; 32g; 512ml; Medium-Coarse; 4:15 brew time; 202F. I was also able to try this with a few different ratios and different brewers, but this is the method that I used for this review.
Analysis: At first glance, the beans were quite evenly roasted. And immediately upon grinding them, I was hit in the face with a plethora of notes. The aroma brought forth strong notes of pineapple, lychee, strawberry, and maybe dragon fruit, alongside an intense reminder of my childhood. It took me a minute, but it finally hit me: it was the smell of Black Cherry Kool-Aid! Specifically, it reminded me of the powdery goodness that would go up into your nostrils when you dumped it into the pitcher before adding water and sugar.
After adding water (to the coffee, that is), the flavor notes seemed to change. The strawberry jam note was much more prominent, while the lychee, pineapple, and black-cherry seemed to decrescendo. They were still present, but more subtly.
This cup truly brought forth a beautiful melody of sweetness, complexity, and acidity, alongside a heavier body and nearly zero bitterness. On top of that, it maintained a remarkable aftertaste, making this one hard to put down.
In the end, as is clear from this review, this coffee was absolutely fantastic! Definitely one that you should consider purchasing. It is available for purchase from Ironclad’s Website for $17.99.
Thanks for the review beans, Ironclad Coffee Roasters! I greatly enjoyed them!