On my recent trip to bluehouse, I had them package me some beans to take home. I haven’t tried too many Counter Culture coffees at home and was still riding high on the terrific CCC’s Zaragoza Mexican decaf shot pulled for me the day before at Woodberry Kitchen. I should have known that the Peru probably wouldn’t live up to that particular coffee.
The only major issue I had was with the cafe and not the coffee. bluehouse bags beans to go in their own brown, wire-tie, PLA-lined bags. As attractive and eco friendly as these bags are, it’s a real pet peeve of mine when cafes repackage a roaster’s beans in their own bag. The cafe’s bag usually fails to mention the roaster, failing to credit where credit is due. A cafe’s own bag also often omits important information such as roast date, specific brewing instructions or simply information about the roaster or the coffee. I happen to know that it’s Counter Culture’s coffee and can look it up on the internet, but the average buyer may not.
Complaint aside, the coffee was a nice, slightly meek, but not too darkly-roasted decaf. It was a little smoky with hints of prosciutto and melon, rising bread dough, mint, pomegranate and fruity white wine. Overall it had a fairly clean mouthfeel and and was a smooth, medium-bodied coffee. I liked this coffee either as a drip or french press and would certainly recommend it. However, if you’re going to the trouble of ordering it from Counter Culture or otherwise have the choice, I’d say go with the Mexican.