Whole Bean Coffee

Gold Mountain Brix Breaker – Ross Street Roasting Co.

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Gold Mountain Brix Breaker
  • Roaster
    Ross Street Roasting Co.
  • Roaster Location
    Tama, Iowa
  • Estimated Price
    $30.00 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Candied apple, sweet, tropical fruit
  • Process
    Natural
  • Varieties
    Red Pacamara
  • Country
    Nicaragua
  • Region
    Jinotega
  • Elevation
    1415 MASL
  • Producer
    3 farmer micro-lot: Juan Carlos, Don Manuel, & Don Sabino
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, espresso, Chemex
  • Roast Date
    September 16, 2019
  • Review Date
    October 5, 2019
  • Other Notes
    2019 & 2018 medalist in the Golden Bean North America Roasters Competition

Coffee Scoring

9.1
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9.5 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
10 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
8.5 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
8.5 / 10
Pros
  • Intense sweetness
  • Bright, crisp acidity

Cons
  • Quick finish

I am always on the hunt for delicious and unique coffees—and I get to try a lot of them as I work on reviews for Pull & Pour. Every once in a while though, a truly special coffee comes my way that really sets itself a part from the others. Gold Mountain Brix Breaker from Ross Street Roasting Co is one of those coffees. As Ross Street shares on their website, “‘Brix’ is a scale that measures sugar content of a liquid, using devices called refractometers. The tree variety that produces this coffee grows cherries with very high levels of sugar content, ‘breaking’ the Brix scale with their sweetness!”1—hence the coffee’s name, Brix Breaker. And it really is the sweetness in this coffee that sets it apart.

The coffee begins with a medium intensity aroma of apple and pecan. Sweetness is present from the beginning though and accompanies the aroma changing the apple and pecans to be almost caramel apple and candied pecans. As I moved to tasting the coffee, the sweetness became even more pronounced and paired with the notes of apple, stone fruit and subtle floral.

The coffee has a nice, crisp apple sweet-toned acidity and has a richly sweet structure and a tea-like, smooth body. The finish is quick, but the sweetness carries through to the end.

The Bottom Line

I’ve had people ask how coffee, which is naturally more bitter in nature could have sweetness as a key attribute. A coffee like Gold Mountain is a perfect example; its sweetness is undeniable. If you are looking for a unique, special coffee to try, this one is absolutely worth checking out.

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

References
  1. https://www.rossstreetroasting.com/products/nicaragua-gold-mountain-brix-breaker-pacamara-natural
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