Updated: Sep 12, 2021
I'd like to start this review by giving a shout out to the "Th3rd Wave Coffee" team for bringing lots of attention to roasters and coffee houses across Canada. I have been using their website and social media pages to discover and select my coffee beans for quite a while now. I also look forward to trying many of the cafés they feature when that's something we can do again. Many of my local Ottawa / Gatineau favorites are already featured which is great to see.
Now on to my February 2021 coffee selection - Traffic coffee from Montreal.
From the Th3rd Wave Coffee website:
"Based in Montreal, Traffic is a one-of-a-kind coffee roaster. Traffic was founded by Greg Lanctot and Jessie Lewin. Today, the duo are rising stars in the Montreal coffee scene. At its core, Traffic believes that all coffees should be drunk and enjoyed with excitement, regardless of the beans. As the head roaster, Jessie is leading the vision of Traffic and sourcing some of the most exciting varietals and processes."
Fou Ben Raide
Origin: Kenya and Tanzania
Varietal: Kent, Batian, Ruiru 11
Flavor notes: Blackberry, peach, burnt sugar, winter spices
I'm starting to think that I prefer coffees from the African more than south-american coffees, but I will be putting this theory to the test next month as I have about 5 different coffees to try out from all over the world.
Anyways, I very much enjoyed this coffee. I found it was full-bodies and had a nice deep flavor profile. I've found many of the other coffees I have chosen lately are light and floral, and although I can appreciate those profiles, in the depths of winter in Canada I find myself looking for something a bit more hearty. This coffee hit the spot for that. The winter spice flavor note piqued my interest and I was pleased with my choice.
Origin: Alajuela, Costa Rica
Flavor profile: apple ice wine, tropical, caramel
If you wanted a nice "classic" coffee, you couldn't go wrong with this one. I've tried quite a few more novel coffee varietals these past few weeks and although always interesting, sometimes it's just nice to come across a coffee that feels like a warm hug. Tasting notes mention caramel and both my husband and I agreed that this was a major flavor note that we could easily pick-up on. It also had a fantastic aroma.
I also did something a little unusual in that I used this blend in my espresso machine when I ran out of espresso this week. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the shot came out and the fact that I could still get the nice flavor notes with a completely different brewing process.
All-in-all, I would add Traffic Coffee to my list of roasters I would happily go back to. As I only tried 2 of their coffees, I'd like to order something a bit bolder for filter coffee and a traditional espresso.
My brewing set-up
N.B. I do not pretend to have any formal training in the tasting and appreciation of coffee... just many many years of drinking coffee. I buy whole beans and use a Baratza Encore burr grinder. I have various brewing equipment, though I currently favour my Bodum French press.