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Bean Review: The Christmas Blends

Welcome, new comers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you're going to hear about it! You, Kruger. My son tells me your company stinks!
Frank Costanza (Seinfeld episodes “The Strike”)

With all the Christmas spirit different coffee roasters here in the UK offer a festive blend for the season. So I decided to give a try to three different coffees.

Christmas Blend Time 
Ozone Christmas Blend

Ozone’s blend is a mix of Brazil Alta Vista, Guatemala El Eden, and Kenya Gathaiti.

It comes in a medium to dark roast, more medium than dark. You will find some chocolate and spicy notes, a notch of acidity, and long aftertaste. Good for milk based drinks as the chocolate flavours mix well but you will miss some of the spicy notes you will get in single or double espresso shots

Ozone's Art
Roaster: Ozone Coffee
Medium Roast
Christmas Blend 2015
Varietals: Not specified
Score: 4/5

Their package comes with a lovely snowflake design from Sophie Mo

Ozone Coffee Roasters
Coffee Roasters
T: 020 7490 1039

HurRave Holiday Blend

The second festive blend I tried was from Rave Coffee. Their HurRave blend is a mix of Indian, Rawanda, and Ethiopian coffee.

Again a medium to dark roast a bit bitter, it has a strong berry finish, and a quite long aftertaste with too many bitter notes. Sadly it felt a bit monotonous for both milk based and espresso shots. Quite strong coffee so probably better for flat white or cappuccino and to cover the disguised a bit.

Rave's Blend
Roaster: Rave Coffee
Medium/Dark Roast
HurRave Blend
Varietals: Not specified
Score: 2.5/5

Rave Coffee
Coffee Roasters
T: 012 8565 1884
Twitter: RaveCoffee

Allpress Christmas Blend

The last one I tried was Allpress Espresso Christmas Blend. It is a mix of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Guatemala Huehuetenango, and Sumatra Aceh.

Medium roast a bit mild, some floral notes, citrus acidity, nice spicy aftertaste. Milk based drinks such as cappuccino quite mild and sweet getting nice balance with the spices and citrus flavours. Much better for espresso shots as flavours lost in flat whites. If you can’t live without milk based then go for a small cup macchiato to keep some of the coffee notes and better balance.

Allpress Blend
Roaster: Allpress Espresso
Medium Roast
Christmas Blend
Varietals: Not specified
Score: 3/5

Allpress Espresso
Coffee Roasters
T: 020 7749 1780
Twitter: AllpressDalston 

The beans were grinded with a Rancilio Rocky grinder and the extraction made with a Rancilio Silvia


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