Night Train

It’s Not Normal How Good This Is - great slogan for Normal Roasting

It’s Not Normal How Good This Is - great slogan for Normal Roasting

I am continuing to explore coffee and finding roasters like Normal Roasting Company out of Burwell, Nebraska. Every new coffee for me is an opportunity to learn more about the differences in roasts and regions of the world.

Night Train is a nice bold coffee. Bold, dark roast coffees are definitely some of my favorites. The flavor is nutty with a ever so slight chocolaty bitterness in the middle. The finish is smooth and wonderful.

  • Origin: Antigua region in Guatemala, volcanic soil

  • Roast: dark

  • Aroma: nutty, spicy

  • Acidity: low

Antigua is in southern Guatemala

Antigua is in southern Guatemala

Antigua is a small town in southern Guatemala surrounded by volcanoes. Antigua is one of 7 different coffee regions in the country.

Antigua has some of the oldest coffee estates in Guatemala. The coffee plants appeared in the mid 1700’s but it wasn’t until the 1860’s were the beans from the plants began to get harvested to make coffee.

The altitude, moisture, and temperature make Guatemala a great place to grow coffee. Currently Guatemala ranks 10th in world in coffee production with over 50% of it going to the United States.

Clout Coffee - Feel the Power

Small unique batches signed by hand

Small unique batches signed by hand

I never knew coffee could be like this! As I take the first sip it is like being hugged by a comfortable leather couch. It almost seems so decadent that it is out of my league. Yet on the other hand, I want this coffee everyday!

So what am I talking about. Well it is a bourbon barrel aged coffee that has incredible aroma and flavor without the alcohol. A smooth, flavorful, medium roast that blends so well with the unique flavor of the bourbon used to create the coffee. I had to find out more about how this wonderful coffee came about.

I am definitely a curious person and through some friends combined with social media, I was able to catch up with Carole Sprunk. Carole is the owner of Clout Coffee and also Edge Magazine. A very busy person who enjoys coffee and bourbon. I can relate to the that!

Carole Sprunk, owner of Clout Coffee, Elkhorn, NE

Carole Sprunk, owner of Clout Coffee, Elkhorn, NE

In our conversation, I could tell Carole is a person who cares about high quality and making a product special. Carole takes the time to find the exact bourbon barrels from the distilleries that she likes. Each batch is aged in a different barrel from a different distillery which makes each one very unique. A couple examples include:

  • Four Roses - Lawrenceburg, KY

  • Brickway Brewery & Distillery - Omaha, NE

So the whole process is very intriguing that takes between 8 to 10 weeks for each batch. Needless to say this is not some artificial flavor sprayed onto the beans! After the beans have been aged then roasted with extreme care, you have a wonderful coffee.

I highly recommend checking out Clout Coffee - https://www.cloutcoffee.com. I think you will enjoy the experience of having a bourbon barrel aged coffee, especially one that is so well crafted as Clout Coffee!

You know I will need to add to my beer wish list - A Coffee Stout Made with Clout Coffee. Cheers!

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Rwanda - Misozi Kopakaki

Just a couple of words before this first review. I am definitely a novice when it comes to reviewing coffee. But I love a good cup of coffee and how it adds to a great stout! So let’s get started. Comments always appreciated!

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  • Origin: Western Rwanda - mountains, volcanic soil

  • Roast: light to medium

  • Aroma: sweet, fruity

  • Acidity: low

The flavor of this coffee is mild and crisp! For me I get a few tea like flavors throughout and some citrus flavor in the middle. This coffee was beautifully roasted.

The coffee comes from A Hill of Beans Coffee in Omaha, Nebraska. Have to love their slogan - Life is Too Short to Drink Bad Coffee. Check out their website and you can also find them on Facebook!

Rwanda in eastern Africa

Rwanda in eastern Africa

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