Single Origin coffees get all of the attention and much of the hype. Blends are often left in the background, treated like an unwanted step sister. It doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve had many, many lackluster blends, but I’ve also had a number of world class blends, where the flavors of the different beans came together to make an amazing cup of coffee. Deep Tie Roast is one of those blends.
Deep Tie Roast comes from Portland, Orgeon (pronounced by the locals as OR-ih-guhn) roaster Deep Cello. Deep Cello isn’t your average name for a coffee roaster, but then again this wasn’t your average cup of coffee.
Black Tie Roast is made up of beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico and Panama.
With nuts, cherry brandy, Guinness, and dark chocolate flavors along with the depth of a medium roast, Black Tie delivers smooth flavor without bitterness. It has great mouth feel, with Brazil nut, subtle tangerine, caramel, plum and apricot flavors. The background is earthy, with top soil, steak, smoke, and portobello mushroom. It’s medium to bright with moderate acidity.
–Deep Cello description
This isn’t your average coffee description. It might even scare away the average coffee drinker, but if the description was anything like what the coffee actually tasted like, I knew that was going to love this coffee.
Black Tie Roast started out with a smooth, nutty aroma. I picked up scents from all over the spectrum, including a distinctive chocolate aroma and a serious amount of fruit. So far, so good.
I was impressed from the first sip. This coffee was extra, extra smooth with a medium body.
It got even better in the taste department. It was packed with flavors. There was a dark chocolate taste, an earthy flavor, some hints of fruit (think cherries or strawberries covered in chocolate) and a dash of smokiness. They weren’t lying about the background flavors, I picked up on small hints of grilled steak and maybe some mushrooms.
I know all those flavors may sounds a little bit weird thrown together, but when it’s just hints, they combined well to make a delicious cup of coffee.
On the Deep Cello website, a pound of Black Tie Roast is $17.00. It is on the expensive side of things, but it’s worth it’s one of those coffees where it’s worth it.
Black Tie Roast earned a 4.0 on the Daily Shot Of Coffee scale. It had a lot going on in the flavor department, that made it a very interesting coffee. Plus, it’s the kind of coffee that medium roast fans and dark roast drinkers can come together and love.