I picked up this bag from the Two Guns Espresso location in Manhattan Beach at the same time that I got a bag of the Two Guns Espresso Blend. Both of these bags are roasted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters in Washington. I don’t think it’s possible to buy Two Guns-branded beans online, but you can pick them up at their 3 locations around Southern California.
This bag, labeled Beach, states that the coffee is a certified fair-trade light roast from Guatemala, washed process. I can’t tell if it’s a single-origin or a blend, but I figure it is at least from multiple farms since most coffee companies would give further details if it was a single-origin coffee.
Whole bean: cocoa aroma with notes of juicy citrus.
V60: Very strong flavors of lemon pith and dark chocolate. I found this cup, brewed at a 3:05 extraction, to be acerbic and brash.
AeroPress: Much better! Smooth chocolate flavor with a hint of rose.
Chemex: Less harsh flavor than the V60 but still not my favorite brewing method for this coffee. It was on the quite bitter side of bittersweet chocolate.
French press: This was the smoothest cup with the most depth of flavor. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of orange all mingled to create a really sweet, delicious brew.
Summary: Definitely, DEFINITELY brew this coffee in an immersion method – AeroPress is good but French press is preferred. This blend (?) comes out rather harsh in a pourover method.
From the roaster: Light citrus aroma, cocoa and dried mango
Review conducted 14 days post-roast.