Coffee Reviews

Tuck In – Pair Cupworks

Andrew Pautler

Tuck In - Pair Cupworks

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Tuck In
  • Roaster
    Pair Cupworks
  • Roaster Location
    Mesa, Arizona
  • Estimated Price
    $13.50 / 8 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Cinnamon & raisin
  • Process
    Anaerobic
  • Varieties
    Caturra
  • Country
    Costa Rica
  • Region
    Tarrazú
  • Elevation
    1600 - 1750 MASL
  • Producer
    Luis Eduardo Campos, Farm: Finca Cordillera del Fuego
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex, AeroPress, espresso
  • Roast Date
    August 11, 2020
  • Review Date
    September 12, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.2
Aroma
10 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
10 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
8.5 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9.5 / 10
Flexibility
8.5 / 10
Pros
  • Unique & complex flavor combinations
  • Apple pie sweetness

Cons
  • Harder to dial in

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

Tuck In from Pair Cupworks is a fermented coffee from the farm Finca Cordillera del Fuego in Costa Rica. Anaerobic coffees have become some of my favorite to explore this year since they can vary so wildly in the coffee’s profile and can have such intense flavor notes. Some of the favorites I’ve had fall into either the intense tropical fruit notes or robust baking spices; Tuck In was very much the latter.

The coffee began with complex notes of apple cinnamon, sweet strawberry and baking spices. The flavor tasted like Autumn in a cup with notes of apple pie, cinnamon, raisins and other baking spices (nutmeg, allspice, etc.) all mixed together. It was an incredible combination of flavors that reminded me of Fall foods (apple pie, pumpkin spice, etc.) more than any coffee I’ve had before (except potentially Alt. 4915 from Julius Coffee, which had a very similar profile). The brightness was a bit more muted, but very balanced. The coffee was surprisingly sweet with a brown sugar and raisin sweetness that balanced the baking spice notes quite nicely. The coffee was incredibly complex, with layered flavor notes that I continued to uncover even as I approached the end of the bag.

The Bottom Line

The coffee was a bit harder to dial in than others and ultimately required a lower coffee to water ratio to not seem weak. The extra effort to perfect the brew was well worth it though because the end result was one of the tastiest and most unique cups of coffee I’ve had recently. Pair Cupworks kills it again with this coffee and has quickly risen in the ranks to be one of my favorite roasters.

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