This is the Nor'wester brought to you by Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. Nor'wester is a custom blend of coffees from Ethiopia, Colombia, and Indonesia. The blend was created with the intention to highlight sweetness and acidity while being approachable to every coffee drinker. It represents the taste of the Northwest, with flavor qualities that remind us of Rainier cherry, maple, and malt chocolate.
A medium roast that I actually don't mind? What is this witchcraft!? People often talk about darker roasts having more body than light roasts, which to me only means that the beans have been over-roasted which results in muddy flavors and a burnt sensation. This blend, however, manages to remain remarkably clean and clear for a medium roast. Maple and chocolate feel like a stretch, but the cherry notes on top are evident and the coffee is well-balanced all around. The beans also have a remarkable consistency and grind very evenly (not plagued by extra fines like so many beans are these days). Overall, I'd still take a top notch light roast any day, but I have to say I'm a little impressed.
Not a fan of cafe vita, there are plenty of better seattle roasters