Sometimes, I like trying something new or being a bit adventurous, so that maybe you don’t have to.
And in this case, I mean trying new coffees.
Let me just say right off the bat, this is not a bad coffee, I’m just stating the fact.
I really liked the look of this coffee, the lovely turquoise color of the bag, and just the look overall.
So I gave it a go!
I was definitely interested when the taster’s notes on the bag read, apple, raisin and almond.
That’s a nice sounding combo.
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In this article, I’m going to give a full review of 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters’ “Longitude 123” roast.
Overall, I’d give this coffee about 6.5 out of 10!
There are some really nice things about it, but read on to find out why it didn’t cross over that legendary 7 border for my taste.
Speaking of taste, let’s start with just that!
I’ll say straight away, the reason this coffee didn’t make it to 7 out of 10 in my book was because the smell was better than the taste itself.
The aroma of the brewed coffee is really awesome and complex, with notes of apple, raisin, and it’s fruity, sweet and floral.
The taster’s notes on the bag says apple, raisin and fruity and at least with the aroma it was spot on.
But then, I tasted it.
It wasn’t a bad taste at all.
It’s just that it was quite different from the aroma, and that’s always a bummer when that happens!
The aroma was complex and just all around great, but the taste was so muted compared to the aroma.
For the taste, I noted a zesty, slightly apple taste.
And that’s about all I could notice.
The acidity is citrusy and strong, and I’d say this is a medium bodied coffee.
The aftertaste is crisp, clear and a little fruity.
So even though the taste was a bit disappointing compared to the aroma, the aftertaste made up for that at least a little bit.
It’s A Gamble
While I must say that they’re design, logo, packaging and everything about the look of this coffee is very nicely done.
At first glance it looks like it should be a super great coffee.
And while it was a nice coffee that I really can’t complain too much about, the taste could be much more pronounced, like the aroma was.
I’m not sure why this happens, as it certainly does happen sometimes.
It also happens pretty often with teas.
I’ve tried quite a few flavored green teas that have a wonderful and very strong aroma, but then you could barely taste the “strawberry” in the tea at all… even though it’s quality tea.
This has also happened with plenty of coffees.
It doesn’t happen as often or as potently as with tea, but it unfortunately happens with coffee.
I think it happens when a coffee isn’t optimally fresh… but that’s just my guess.
So it can really be a gamble when you’re trying a new coffee, even if it looks really nice and the taster’s notes say some delicious sounding stuff.
I personally like the gamble of trying new things!
And with 49th Parallel’s “Longitude 123” blend coffee, it was at least fun to try.
Although, I don’t think personally I’d do this one again.
So that’s why this coffee in my rating gets a 6.5 out of 10.
If you like a coffee with a great aroma, you’ll love this one.
And if you want a light flavor profile with that fruity, zesty kind of thing, you’ll also enjoy this coffee!
And if you try it, I’d love to hear what you think about it in the comments section below!
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I also wrote a review about it that you can find in the reviews section here on the site.
Have a great day, enjoy your coffee. Coffee cheers!