This full-bodied blend is a combination of our Brazils produced by the Monte Verde farm and our La Milagrosa "Mixto" which is produced in Boquete, Panama. This blend has become a staple in the Portola Coffee Lab line-up. It is roasted a smidge darker to create a full-bodied coffee with distinct notes of baker's chocolate, dried fruit, toasted almonds and spice. It is not dark in the sense of French Roast or oily beans - far from it as a matter of fact. But is it taken to a deeper roast level that helps develop lower-toned flavors such as those described above. We consider it our gateway coffee for those looking to kick the French Roast habit.
I like this coffee though at times it seems a little bitter. I tend to like nutty coffees.
Love the main flavor. I feel like there's some flavor at the end that epitomizes what I do *not* like about some coffees, but it's super minor and overshadowed. Wondering if that's the fruit that's added. Either way, this one is delicious.
This coffe was good. It had more of a natural coffee taste.
I think I messed up my flavor flight sample. After drinking it for a while I preferred the Ethiopian over the Sumatran. The Sumatran was ok with lots of cream and sugar. The Ethiopian performed best in the latte. I wasn't able to change my taste to swap the two ratings. So I ended up with another OK coffee last month. OK is fine but I would love to get more floral blends or spice blends. We will see! It's hard to review stuff on this site somehow
At Portola Coffee Lab, our world revolves around the “journey.” And if you ask any of our team or others we work alongside, that journey will be different – yet the same. That is because we, and all those involved in our mission, are driven by the pursuit of perfection. Along the way we forge relationships as we work to bring our coffees from the farm to your cup. So, even though each route is unique, they all lead to the same – an expertly crafted cup with a taste representative of all the hard work involved in its creation. Born from passion, Portola Coffee Lab is the brainchild of owner and roastmaster Jeff Duggan and his wife Christa. A propeller-head rooted in science and technology, Jeff’s approach to roasting and brewing is focused on quality – uncompromising quality. But the story begins long before the beans find their way into our roaster. The coffee bean is our raw ingredient and an exceptional cup of coffee demands exceptional beans. So, Jeff journeys to the far stretches of Africa, South America and Central America every year in search of this mysterious and elusive marvel of nature. Our unyielding quest leads us to the most dedicated farmers on earth. We don’t just buy coffee direct from these farms and cooperatives – we build relationships that transcend far beyond the cup of coffee at the end of this journey.