Well, look what we have here!

Yes, I went a little crazy ordering blends. I blame PT’s B-Ville House Drip, which despite appearances is almost gone. When I pulled the trigger on it originally, I’d needed a break from light-and-bright single-origins, and man did it ever deliver. Now I find myself going through a blend phase (these things seem to be cyclical). Time for a blend-off to see if any of the three somewhat arbitrarily chosen newbies—all roasted 4/20/12— can beat my memory of the reigning champion in terms of cup quality!

First, the competitors:

PT’s B-Ville House Drip – “Our direct trade House Blend combines Central and South American coffees to create the perfect blend for drinking all day long. It is an incredibly smooth coffee that has great balance with notes of sweet milk chocolate. The cup has a nice depth and complexity that rounds out with a brown sugar sweetness.”

PT’s John Brown Blend – “Our surly, activist blend: a serious, polished coffee with a bold heart, rich character and spicy notes resembling sweet pipe tobacco and dark chocolate.”

Paradise Blend – “Paradise Blend coffee is our house blend, designed to be enjoyed by all. Brought to a Full-City roast, this coffee is medium-bodied, bright, and balanced. Its hints of roasted nuts, cocoa, coffee fruit, and sweet spices will delight a broad range of tastes.”

Joe Bean Blend – “Caramel, warm, toasted nut, chocolate, orange zest.”

As for the competition format, I think I’ll use the Aeropress + DISK Fine and try the last three in a single day (probably 4/25). Or would the Clever be better? Not sure it matters. I’ll crack the bag on each immediately prior to grinding so there won’t be any sort of freshness factor in play.

Which worthy non-espresso blends did I leave out? We could always arrange a blend-off 2.0...

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I think something from either Deep Cello or Velton's would be a nice addition to a blend off. I am currently trying Gizmo from PT's, it's good so far... expect to hear more.

Submitted by donnedonne on
Ah, from the title I thought you'd be blending blends...how about a JB/B-ville blend vs. any of those alone, etc. I'd say go for the Aeropress, just because the portion size is more manageable (if you plan on drinking all that...)

Submitted by jbviau on
Yeah, Velton's Treehouse Blend is fantastic. Need to reorder it at some point. I still haven't tried his Twilight Blend (the darker one). Actually, it seems like Velton's is out of stock on everything on ROASTe at the moment--hope he didn't drop out of the program! Sure, Deep Cello has some nice (and ever-changing) blends, too. Anyway, what I have will be more than enough for now. ;)

Submitted by jbviau on
Ah, pairwise comparisons could be interesting, too (thanks). Right, I suppose I don't have to drink it all, though I'm always tempted to do so.

Submitted by jbviau on
Well, 3 7-oz. cups isn't really all that much coffee in a day, is it? I admit I usually average more like 2 cups, but even 3 cups spread out over the course of 12 hours isn't something I'll feel! I didn't evaluate these head-to-head or even one right after the other.

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Well, look what we have here!

Yes, I went a little crazy ordering blends. I blame PT’s B-Ville House Drip, which despite appearances is almost gone. When I pulled the trigger on it originally, I’d needed a break from light-and-bright single-origins, and man did it ever deliver. Now I find myself going through a blend phase (these things seem to be cyclical). Time for a blend-off to see if any of the three somewhat arbitrarily chosen newbies—all roasted 4/20/12— can beat my memory of the reigning champion in terms of cup quality!

First, the competitors:

PT’s B-Ville House Drip – “Our direct trade House Blend combines Central and South American coffees to create the perfect blend for drinking all day long. It is an incredibly smooth coffee that has great balance with notes of sweet milk chocolate. The cup has a nice depth and complexity that rounds out with a brown sugar sweetness.”

PT’s John Brown Blend – “Our surly, activist blend: a serious, polished coffee with a bold heart, rich character and spicy notes resembling sweet pipe tobacco and dark chocolate.”

Paradise Blend – “Paradise Blend coffee is our house blend, designed to be enjoyed by all. Brought to a Full-City roast, this coffee is medium-bodied, bright, and balanced. Its hints of roasted nuts, cocoa, coffee fruit, and sweet spices will delight a broad range of tastes.”

Joe Bean Blend – “Caramel, warm, toasted nut, chocolate, orange zest.”

As for the competition format, I think I’ll use the Aeropress + DISK Fine and try the last three in a single day (probably 4/25). Or would the Clever be better? Not sure it matters. I’ll crack the bag on each immediately prior to grinding so there won’t be any sort of freshness factor in play.

Which worthy non-espresso blends did I leave out? We could always arrange a blend-off 2.0...

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@hoonchul

May 1, 2012 | by jbviau

Well, 3 7-oz. cups isn't really all that much coffee in a day, is it? I admit I usually average more like 2 cups, but even 3 cups spread out over the course of 12 hours isn't something I'll feel! I didn't evaluate these head-to-head or even one right after the other.

Open 3 bags of coffee and

April 27, 2012 | by hoonchul@hotmail.com

Open 3 bags of coffee and try them on the same day? I hope you have high tolerance for caffeine because I would be bouncing off the walls.

@broseph

April 24, 2012 | by jbviau

Ah, pairwise comparisons could be interesting, too (thanks). Right, I suppose I don't have to drink it all, though I'm always tempted to do so.

@intrepid510

April 24, 2012 | by jbviau

Yeah, Velton's Treehouse Blend is fantastic. Need to reorder it at some point. I still haven't tried his Twilight Blend (the darker one). Actually, it seems like Velton's is out of stock on everything on ROASTe at the moment--hope he didn't drop out of the program! Sure, Deep Cello has some nice (and ever-changing) blends, too. Anyway, what I have will be more than enough for now. ;)

Ah, from the title I thought

April 24, 2012 | by donnedonne

Ah, from the title I thought you'd be blending blends...how about a JB/B-ville blend vs. any of those alone, etc. I'd say go for the Aeropress, just because the portion size is more manageable (if you plan on drinking all that...)

I think something from

April 24, 2012 | by intrepid510

I think something from either Deep Cello or Velton's would be a nice addition to a blend off. I am currently trying Gizmo from PT's, it's good so far... expect to hear more.

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