Coffee Reviews

Christmas Blend – Wild Goose Coffee Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Christmas Blend
  • Roaster
    Wild Goose Coffee Roaster
  • Roaster Location
    Redlands, CA
  • Estimated Price
    $18.50
  • Flavor Notes
    Gingerbread, caramelized sugar
  • Process
    Washed
  • Country
    Central Americas
  • Elevation
    > 1500 MASL
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, French Press, espresso
  • Roast Date
    December 23, 2019
  • Review Date
    December 27, 2019

Coffee Scoring

8.9
Aroma
8.5 / 10
Body
8.5 / 10
Flavor
9 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9.5 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
9.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
8 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Perfect flavor combination for a "Christmas" blend
  • Well-balanced and clean

Cons
  • Lacks complexity

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Years ago, I heard Nathan Westwick, founder of Wild Goose Coffee Roasters, on the Coffee Canon podcast discussing his story and how Wild Goose Coffee came to be. It was an amazing story and I was in awe of the mission of Wild Goose Coffee—to create better communities through better coffee. The main way they do this is through their #1equals10 initiative where they donate 10 pounds of food to a local food bank for every pound of coffee sold (they currently have donated over 2.3 million pounds of food). It was my first exposure to a coffee company with a mission bigger than simply roasting delicious coffee. Years later, I finally had an opportunity to try their coffee and I am so excited to share it here.


The Wild Goose Christmas Blend is a blend of various Central American coffees. It begins with a sweet-toned fragrance of baking spices, almonds and caramel. I immediately tasted cinnamon and other warming spices as I began to drink the coffee. The sweetness from the aroma carried through to the flavor and was present from beginning to end.

The coffee is extremely well balanced and has a wonderful acidity that is most prominent at the front and finish, but really carries through the entire sip. The finish is long and resonant and is a wonderful explanation mark to an excellent coffee.

The coffee was also very flexible. I tried the coffee in v60, French Press and espresso and it worked really well in each brew method.

The coffee does lack some complexity, but has really nice flavor depth and for a blend like this, it really is more about being balanced and clean, which this coffee absolutely is.

The Bottom Line

Christmas Blend from Wild Goose Coffee Roasters is a wonderful blend that fits perfectly into the Christmas season. The warming spices in the aroma and flavor are perfect in a cup of coffee on a cold winter morning. You can feel good when buying this coffee that you’re getting more than some delicious coffee—you’re supporting a company with an amazing mission to help its community.

For every pound of coffee sold, Wild Goose provides 10 pounds of food to a local food bank.

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