The Daily Shot Of Coffee kitchen is stocked full of coffee right now, but one bag stands out from the rest. It’s a light roast Honduras from Red Top Coffee, a 100% veteran owned company that donates 10% of each sale to causes to assist military veterans.
Red Top Coffee is brand new to the scene, they just started selling coffee online in the past month and are currently scouting out retail locations for a shop of their own. I’m not going to lie, I’ve become a bit jaded when it comes to start up coffee companies. They’re a dime a dozen, with many fading away after a few months and within a year completely disappear. I wish them all the best, but this is one that I’m really rooting for and it isn’t just because they’re veteran owned and donates to help veteran causes.
Our Honduras coffee is characterized by an aroma of honeysuckle and maple, sparkling green apple acidity, very light, crisp mouthfeel and a finish of baker’s chocolate. A perfect coffee to enjoy any time of the day, dark roast also tastes great iced!
Ever know that you’re going to like a coffee from the very first scent that your nose catches? That’s what happened here. Red Top Coffee’s Honduras got my attention with a mix of spicy flavors – black pepper, paprika, etc – that couldn’t be missed. Scents of chocolate, a cigar aroma that reminded of something darker than a light roast, came next. If that wasn’t enough, there was a sweet molasses smell and more chocolate scents.
The mouth feel of the coffee was light, silky smooth with a sparkle of acidic sharpness towards the end. In other words, my mouth was loving it even before I started working to identify the flavors in the taste department.
Like the aroma, the tastes had hits of something darker than I expected from a light roast. There was even a nutty flavor that reminded me of a French roast. However, it was still definitely a light roast that was loaded with flavors. There was dry, dark chocolate, black pepper and possibly some other spices, a fresh cigar flavor, then hints of watermelon and bubblegum. This bad boy had a lot going on for me to enjoy!
Bonus points for the note on each bag that says, if their product is anything less than awesome, to give them a call or email them. It’s nice to see a company that is proud of their product.
A 12 ounce bag of Honduras Light Roast is the uniquely price $11.08 on their website. A fair price, I’d even be willing to pay a little bit more.
Red Top Coffee’s Honduras earned an excellent four out of five coffee mugs. It’s a stand out coffee, one that was a favorite in the Daily Shot Of Coffee kitchen, and I’ll have a sad look on my face when this coffee is gone. However, if you’re one of those dark roast fans that craves a strong, smoky cup, you may want to check out some of their other offerings.
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