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The WestBean

San Diego, California

Founded 2009
Owner James Rauh, Paul Reizen, Andrew Karr
Head Roaster Andrew Karr
Roasting Process Renegade Roaster
Locations 1
Awards

94-point review for the West Bean's Kenya Nyeri AA Gaturiri - CoffeeReview.com

Ethiopian Sidamo named "Coffee of The Year" - Roast E.com 

92-point ratings for the West Bean's Sweet Sussex Espresso, Ethiopian Sidamo, Guatemala Santa Isabel Espresso, and Guatemala Guaya'b

Coffee Review: "The Worlds Leading Coffee Buying Guide."

STORY

The co-founders of San Diego’s The WestBean understand that all coffee beans are not created equal. That’s why they select only the best green coffee from around the world for their roaster and treat them with delicate, loving care.

 

Paul Reizen, James Rauh, and Andrew Karr share a passion for coffee and a desire to find the hidden characteristics that make each coffee variety and harvest unique. The team started out hand-roasting coffee in the backyard, but soon found an appreciative audience of friends and neighbors for their micro-roasted coffee batches. They put their heads together, pooled their resources and splurged on a Renegade Roaster, a locally made commercial quality coffee roaster that may be the most sophisticated machine in the world. It allows them an unprecedented level of control over the timing, air flow and temperature of the roast, which translates into the ability to finely craft coffee with no limits. They approach roasting coffee as a labor of love, ensuring that every single bean in the batch is roasted to its fullest potential.

 

Producing quality coffee is a journey that takes the bean from seed to cup, and every step of the process influences the quality of the coffee in the cup. Reizen, Rauh, and Karr take their part in the process seriously, carefully seeking out the finest coffee beans and taking the responsibility to roast each one faultlessly so that it exhibits its essential characteristics – the fruit, the sweetness, the complex interplay of tart, sweet, bright and deep that blossoms when the coffee is perfectly roasted and prepared with care.

 

The WestBean offers a changing lineup of single origin coffees and seasonally adjusted blends for espresso and American coffee. They regularly source amazing micro lots from farms in the Americas, Africa and the Pacific and seek out the most distinguished, standout coffees they can find anywhere.

REVIEWS

5

Great new brew

(on Black n' Tan Coffee)

March 2, 2012 | by bobbyaugst

Just received our batch of the Black n Tan at my office and everyone here has really been enjoying it. It's a deliciously smooth way to start the morning, with enough kick to get you going in the morning while maintaining a pleasant taste and aroma. All 10 coffee drinkers here at our office give it a "thumb's up"!
3

Black/Tan

(on Black n' Tan Coffee)

November 3, 2011 | by berkman471

Wasn't to impressed. I like a good "strong cup in the morning. This didn't quit work out. I
5

fantastic blend

(on Black n' Tan Coffee)

August 2, 2010 | by trebbecher

this blend of dark and light freshly-roasted beans is amazing. rich taste with a stout finish. i also like that they use recyclable and compostable bags. these local san diego guys have a great story too.
4

Rich, Bright Morning Coffee

(on Brazilian Oberon - Natural Process)

May 7, 2012 | by Chamie

I'm not typically a fan of South American origins, but this was delicious. It's light and crisp on the tongue, with a hint of tangerine and a lovely cedar smokiness. It's a great wake-me-up coffee and brews up nicely in an ADC, a moka and as a drip coffee. I'll definitely order it again, especially since everyone else in the house enjoys it, too.
3

West Bean Brazilian

(on Brazilian Oberon - Natural Process)

March 28, 2012 | by jlarue

Very good cup. Again I brew with a press. Rich flavor with chocolate overtones. The only negative to me was tha it did not have any one flavor profile/ characteristic that really popped (That may not be a negative for many). To me the benefits of being a single origin and using natural process should allow the unique flavor profile to shine, This is just very well balanced.
5

Best flavor and freshness

(on Brazilian Oberon - Natural Process)

January 11, 2012 | by Dyanatthelake

I stumbled across this coffee while in San Diego a few months ago I loved the flavor, aroma and craftmanship of the selective bean and roasting process. I contacted the company to see if I could buy it online.. I am never letting this coffee get away. I have ordered it online and from roasting date to my front door is literally a week or so away!! I have never experienced this before. The company suggested other roasts and I am amazed at the variety and complexity of each bean.. I am so darn picky about my coffee Thank you so very much for this heavenly experience
5

Mmmm...Chocolate

(on Brazilian Oberon - Natural Process)

January 9, 2012 | by themasterbrewer

If you like chocolate, this Brazilian is a great pick. It has a cocoa powder richness that is very enjoyable. Even though it has a darker roast than I'm used to, it was right on for this bean. The West Bean presentation is the perfect combination of hand-crafted and professional.
4

Not a bad coffee by any

(on Brazilian Oberon - Natural Process)

June 22, 2011 | by bchrist89

Not a bad coffee by any means. I was trying to find a comparable alternative to this coffee I've only been able to find at a local store, and this is somewhat close, however it differs quite a bit. Strong bold nutty flavor, these beans pack a punch. Quite dark, and yet there is something light about them simultaneously. Starts off bold and robust, but finishes with a light nuttier flavor that soothes and cleanses the palette.
5

my favorite dark coffee

(on Brazilian Oberon - Natural Process)

August 2, 2010 | by trebbecher

this is one of my favorite dark coffees available anywhere. complex flavor with a smooth fresh finish. incredible. the decaf brazilian is also phenomenal. i like that the west bean uses recyclable and compostable bags too. these local san diego guys have a great story as well. happy to support them.
5

Very tasty

(on Brazilian SWP Decaffeinated Coffee)

February 12, 2012 | by mailbox9307

This is a rich bean and very tasty
5

Changed my opinion on decafs

(on Brazilian SWP Decaffeinated Coffee)

December 24, 2011 | by robinfast6

I bought this coffee for a friend of mine that only drinks decaf. She made me a cup and I could have sworn it wasn't decaf. Definitely changed my opinion that decafs aren't good. Great stuff!
5

Smooth Brew

(on Brazilian SWP Decaffeinated Coffee)

September 6, 2011 | by lanvest

I haven't had coffee this fresh tasting since I lived close to a roasting house. What a great revelation to find I can now buy it online. This coffee is very smooth but full of robust flavor. Keep it up ROASTe and I keep buying. Dan
5

nice and smooth

(on Brazilian SWP Decaffeinated Coffee)

May 7, 2011 | by dgoeltz

Good flavor for a decaf but very smooth. I blend it with a lighter roast.
5

Sweet Sussex

(on Sweet Sussex Espresso Blend)

May 3, 2012 | by dpablo19

I've had this at home a few times. As espresso, it is relatively sweet, although somewhat basic in flavor. I think that it is probably perfect for milk-based drinks where its sweetness and chocolate accents can shine.
5

Top Pick

(on Sweet Sussex Espresso Blend)

December 28, 2011 | by bdkarr

You can't go wrong with the Sweet Sussex. This is definitely one of my top picks for coffee. It has a perfect balance of sweet and smokey. I usually order this for gifts and when I am hosting at my house to share with friends and family.
5

Sweet it is!

(on Sweet Sussex Espresso Blend)

December 23, 2011 | by robinfast6

After a little temp surfing, pulled a great shot. Nice peach tones on the top note and smooth body. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
4

a departure...

(on Sweet Sussex Espresso Blend)

May 10, 2011 | by volkerimmler

Update: I received a very nice message from Paul at Westbeans, who ensured me that the oil on the beans should not have been there - so I will certainly give it another try. I upped my rating by one cup, simply due to their commitment to their product. ------------------------------------------------ from the 'acidic, burnt, smokey West Coast espresso blends' it is, but it still has a long way to go before it reaches its proclaimed goal of being a 'medium-mild, sweet blend'. I know, I may sound like a broken record, but again, if you have oil on the beans, it is no longer a medium roast - it has, as so many others, been roasted to a point, where the roast profile starts to dominate the profile of the blend. As mentioned by another reviewer, it is very temperature critical (201 is what worked for me), a degree too low and it turns sour on you, a degree too high and bitter is all you will get. Not quite the prima-donna that Vivace's Dolce is, with its 203.5 deg. temp recommendation - you have a two degree window, but if you miss it.... it is pretty much a sink shot. Does well in milk. And yes, please put a roast date on your bags.....
5

very good coffee in milk.

(on Sweet Sussex Espresso Blend)

December 28, 2010 | by henskdc

very good coffee in milk. No bitterness or acid. Taste of dark chocolate with a slight fruitiness
5

Sweet Sussex

(on Sweet Sussex Espresso Blend)

December 13, 2010 | by ttanouye

The guys at The West Bean were very helpful in giving me some starting brewing parameters. This is one of my all time favorite espresso blends - has the ability to cut through milk. Best results achieved from up-dosing in a triple basket - beans have some surface oil. It would be cool if TWB would put a roast date on the bag. Parameters: 20.5 grams 94c 25-30 sec 1.75-2oz. Drinks made: Cappuccino: 7oz Latte: 12oz Other espressos tried: Bluebottle: Roman Ecco Café: Ecco Intelli: Black Cat Espresso Vivace: Dolce & Vita Klatch: Belle, House, & WBC Zoka: Paladino The West Bean: Sweet Sussex Zoka: Paladino Machine: Vivaldi Mini II Grinder: Vario
3

Overall this is an average

(on Sweet Sussex Espresso Blend)

November 9, 2010 | by nephropa

Overall this is an average espresso. Tasted harsh, wasn't consistent, just didn't enjoy this espresso. It wasn't bad and maybe in the correct hands is fantastic, but for me it was only average.
3

Temp is critical

(on Sweet Sussex Espresso Blend)

October 8, 2010 | by MindsEye

In all fairness I couldn't give this an accurate score and that is probably not the coffee's fault. All the shots I pulled were bitter- mostly due to having a HX machine. HX's are difficult for consistent temps. My brother was able to get some good shots with this coffee on a Vivaldi. When I have 2 grand to spare on a Vivaldi I'll try this coffee again since I hear it's great.
5

More roasty than I had

(on Honduras Capucas)

June 16, 2012 | by fincawhd

More roasty than I had anticipated -- the beans seem to be medium-dark. I don't care for this much black, but it is VERY GOOD with cream and sugar.
 

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