Coffee Review: Newhall Coffee’s Sunset Blvd. Blend

September 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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This Sunset Blvd. Blend is the second coffee from Newhall Coffee Roasting Company’s ( “Taste of California Collection” for us to try. It is described on their site as being inspired by the culturally, historically, and aesthetically significance of Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd. The combination of cinnamon and vanilla brings out the bright taste and body of this bean. Perfect for those early mornings on the go!

The story of the McMullen brothers who founded Newhall Coffee in 1993 is on the bag. Their older brother died from leukemia and they have a goal to raise $1,000,000 to help fight the battle against leukemia. Proceeds from the sales of their coffee go to support this fund. We appreciate what they are doing to raise money and awareness for this cause.

Our plan was to brew the coffee two different ways and to share it with some friends and get their feedback. As usual the first up was the auto-drip. This coffee came to us ground which is the way most people buy their coffee. There was a nice spicy aroma from the brew. As we drank it we thought there was a mild brightness to it and the body was even and smooth. There was something about the coffee that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

While using the Chemex coffee brewer I was trying to distinguish what flavors were present and was having a hard time. You see I did not know this was a flavored coffee when we began to drink it. I told Kim that I was having a hard time picking out flavors and it was while online that I found out it is a cinnamon-vanilla coffee. We’ve had a couple of spicy coffees before and now I know why I was a little confused.

For us the flavor hits the front and tip of the tongue. The vanilla taste is mild and the cinnamon spice is more dominant. There is a touch of citrus there too. The blend has a pleasant aftertaste. Kim thought it paired well with the orange marmalade she had on her toast.  

Kim took some to work to share with a co-worker who drinks flavored coffee. She thought it was one of the best coffees that Kim had brought in to work for them to drink. She thought it had a really good flavor and she would not get tired of drinking this coffee. I guess that is quite an endorsement!

Overall we liked this coffee and if you are looking for a mildly flavored coffee we suggest you give Sunset Blvd. Blend a try. We would like to encourage all of our readers to think about supporting coffee roasters that are supporting worthwhile causes too. We received this coffee for review purposes and offer objective feedback. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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