Coffee Review – Mystic Monk Coffee Cowboy Blend

May 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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Kim and I were looking forward to trying this Cowboy Blend because we liked the other two Mystic Monk Coffees we tried. In fact we are out of the Hermit’s Blend because we shared it with friends and they liked it too. The Cowboy Blend is the Monk’s (www.mysticmoinkcoffee.com) third best selling coffee. It is described as a daring blend of a delicious dark South American roast with a lively citric light roast, resulting in one delicious complex blend that comes alive in the mouth.

I like to open a bag and look at the beans and smell them. In the bag you can see a mixture of light and dark beans. There is a light aroma from the coffee. We brewed it in the auto-drip first and the aroma from the brewed coffee was light. We poured our first cups and tasted. Both of us thought it had a smooth taste and light body. We also tasted the citrus. We liked it but it seemed to have a lighter aroma and flavor than the Mexican Decaf.

The next day we tried it in the French Press. This was Kim’s favorite style of brewing and tasting. I think the French Press is becoming her favorite way to make coffee. We almost always drink our coffee black now, but I still miss my honey and cream. There was a slightly bolder flavor but still a smooth taste. It is a very mellow coffee. The citrus flavor was more pronounced here.

Lastly we brewed with the Chemex. To me this makes the cleanest tasting coffee. I think you really taste the flavor of the coffee here. To me this Cowboy Blend has a subtle or mild flavor and very little acidity. You can get the light citrus taste here. It is good, but I prefer a bolder taste of coffee. I like to smell the fresh brewed coffee before I swirl it around and pour it into my cup. When in the cup I like to slowly take that first taste and savor it. I’m trying to see which flavors I pick up and feel the body of the coffee.

We liked this coffee and Kim thought it would be a good afternoon coffee. Of the three Mystic Monk Coffees that we tried it was my least favorite. But that is not saying it is bad, it is just too mild for me. If you like a mild coffee this is one for you. You can purchase the coffee at www.mysticmonkcoffee.com. We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Be sure to check out our other coffee or coffee shop reviews too.

Until next time we hope for much GRACE and peace for you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

Coffee Review – Mystic Monk Coffee, Hermits’ Bold Blend

May 15, 2010 at 9:33 am | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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My wife and I were looking forward to trying the Hermits’ Bold Blend because the Monk’s Mexican Decaf tasted so good. We both look forward to opening a new bag of coffee and smelling the aroma of the beans. The aroma was good but not overpowering. “The coffee is described as an extraordinary, bold coffee with exquisite complex notes. A darker full-bodied coffee, but unlike most medium-dark coffees there are lively, spicy tones that remain.” We looked forward to the brewing and tasting.

First up this time was the French Press. We decided to change the order a little this time just because I like to change things up if for no other reason than to do things differently. There was a nice aroma coming from the grinder and then the Press. It looked really good when it was ready. It isn’t as bold as I would have thought for a medium-dark roast, but it has a nice flavor. There was a slight citrus taste with mild hints of nut also. Kim thought it tasted good with her multi-grain and peanut butter toast. We both enjoyed it black.

We made two cups in the auto-drip right away so it was a close comparison. The aroma was similar and the flavors were a little milder. Sometimes we wonder if we are making the auto-drip strong enough now. We both enjoyed drinking it black again. This coffee is not too acidic and almost has a slight sweet taste to it. Both of us liked this style of brewing also.

Lastly it was the Chemex coffee brewers turn. I still have not lost the surprise of how clean a cup of coffee the Chemex makes. It is about as strong as the French Press but with none of the grit or oils because of the filters. It is light in your mouth and you can taste a slight spiciness on the tip of your tongue. Overall this is an enjoyable cup of coffee, not as bold as we expected but satisfying.

Kim thought this would be a good coffee to drink if you were on a diet because we didn’t need any sweetener or creamer in it. It has a medium body feel and a good aftertaste in your mouth. Both of us would recommend this coffee to anyone looking for a medium-dark roast to enjoy. You can get the coffee at www.mysticmonkcoffee.com. We hope you get some and enjoy it.

Look for more coffee reviews next week as we have some good sounding coffees to brew and taste. Stop and smell the coffee and enjoy it when you do. We’re looking forward to our next coffee date. We received this coffee for free and offer this review as objective feedback.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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Coffee Review – Mystic Monk Coffee Fair Trade Organic Mexican Decaf

May 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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As we get older my wife and I seem to be on the lookout for good decaf coffee. Sometimes we like the taste of a good cup of coffee in the late afternoon or early evening, we just don’t want the caffeine. You may be able to relate, if not now, later. We like the taste of coffee, but sometimes the taste of decaf just doesn’t cut it.

But we just found a really good decaf from Mystic Monk Coffee (www.mysticmonkcoffee.com) in Powell, Wyoming. They roast and offer a good selection of coffees. The last few days we tried their Fair Trade Organic Decaffeinated Mexican. They use a natural Swiss water decaffeination process. This coffee is described as a balanced, medium bodied coffee with mild chocolate, nutty notes, and a pleasing brightness and finish. There is also a subtle citrus finish to the taste of the coffee.

First up was the auto-drip brew. The kitchen window was open as I brewed the coffee and my wife was outside and said she could smell the aroma coming out of the window. The aroma is good from the minute you grind these beans. It does have a nutty aroma and it does have a fuller body than we expected. We were looking forward to the next two brewing methods because this one tasted so good.

Next up was the French Press. Again we were struck with the aroma of the beans in the grinder. Since we are somewhat new to coffee reviewing we still look forward to using the French Press and experiencing the taste that comes from it. Of course it was a little stronger and left a slight tingly aftertaste when you swallowed. The body was fuller than our previous brew. Two thumbs up again.

We saved the Chemex (www.chemexcoffeemaker.com) brew for our last taste. This makes such a clean tasting cup of coffee. The taste and body are different than the French Press. Here you could taste the chocolate and nuttiness in the coffee. The body of the coffee was fuller than we expected from a medium, but not too heavy on your tongue. We both thought this was our favorite way to brew and drink this roast of Mexican Decaf from Mystic Monk Coffee (www.mysticmonkcoffee.com).

We usually use these three brewing methods over a three day period. With each brewing method we make two cups, drink it and talk with each other about it. We talk about what we liked or didn’t like and what we tasted and how it felt in our mouths. We also talk about the aroma or lack of aroma. We give two thumbs up to each method of brewing this Mexican Decaf. We reviewed another decaf on this blog and we would have to say this Mystic Monk Coffee Fair Trade Mexican Decaf makes one great cup of coffee! If you are looking for a good medium roast decaf, give this one a try.

We received this coffee for free and we have given objective feedback.

GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

(Romans 15:13; Psalm 5:11-12)

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