Ritual Coffee Roasters - Last Exit Espresso Blend
- Great complexity
- Excellent balance
- 4 coffee bean origins
- Acidity can overpower the shot at times
- Slight parameter changes can throw off the balance
Today's coffee review is for all of you espresso lovers out there. This is Ritual Coffee Roasters' Last Exit seasonal espresso blend, a nicely balanced and remarkably complex culmination of Latin American coffee beans.
I picked up this bag in one of Ritual's newer locations in the Upper Haight of San Francisco. I still haven't had the chance to try any of the brewed coffee from this location, but I'm super excited to finally have a Ritual location in my neighborhood.
About Ritual Coffee Roasters
This will be the fourth coffee I've reviewed from Ritual so far. The others I've reviewed can be found at the links below:
Ritual Coffee Roasters is a specialty coffee roaster in San Francisco, CA with multiple locations in the city, plus one small location in Napa, CA.
Of the big names in the Bay Area coffee scene, Ritual is definitely in the discussion of the best of the best. Their coffee generally falls on the lighter end of the roast spectrum, which gives their coffee a ton of bright and delicious flavor.
Video review and script below:
General Notes & Observations
Producers: Monte Rey (El Salvador), Hacienda Carmona (Guatemala), Hunapu (Guatemala), Gigantes (Colombia)
Country of Origin: El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia
Processing method: Unknown
Growing altitude: Unknown
Aroma: No notes
Roaster tasting notes: Caramel apple, rocky road ice cream, orange, lime zest
Coffee Concierge tasting notes: Green apple, milk chocolate, cola, cinnamon, and caramel
Great balance and nice complexity in flavor from shot-to-shot. Not very difficult to dial-in, but even slight changes could alter the results of the shot pretty significantly. Still, a pretty consistently forgiving espresso blend.
If you're a fan of Central American coffees and espresso, this is definitely a blend that's worth trying.
If you prefer darker espresso blends and/or coffees that aren't grown in Central America, it's probably not going to be very enjoyable for you.
But who knows? If you're willing to step outside your comfort zone, it may surprise you.