Nicaragua Rio Coco: A mild, single-origin coffee. Like all of True Beans’ specialty coffees it is 100 percent organic, roasted in an environmentally friendly way in Long Beach, Calif., and either Fair Trade- or Rainforest Alliance-certified.
Nose: strong citrus fruit zest up front with mild, wild nut essences.
Palate: familiar and homey with a sweet honey finish.
True Blend: With more acidity than the Nicaragua Rio Coco, this medium blend is bright, fresh and well-liked by the newcomer to world coffees.
Nose: bright citrus and nuttiness.
Palate: fresh acidity, luscious floral sweetness, spice and earth.
Ethiopia Harrar: Like most African coffees, this medium-bold brew is complex enough to satisfy the seasoned coffee drinker. It’s a single-origin roast comparable to a big, tannic cabernet sauvignon, and Vongdala says the “real” coffee drinkers he meets are excited to see this selection.
Nose: dark chocolate, with distinct blueberry notes.
Palate: medium to mild acidity with dark chocolate, blueberry and long sweet finish.
Bold Safari Blend: The Asian Pacific component is grown in mostly volcanic soil, which gives it a bit of earthiness and spice, but with little acidity, making it perfect for pairing with dessert.
Nose: earth, dark chocolate, a bit of smoke.
Palate: bold dark chocolate with spice and smoke.