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The lovely folks at 2% Jazz Coffee reached out to me about trying their coffee and I was super excited, as I had never tried coffee from a Canadian roaster before. As fate would have it though, I had to ask 2% Jazz to delay their shipment because I was about to leave for my trip to Vancouver, BC, so sadly, 2% Jazz wasn’t to be my first Canadian coffee roaster.
Spoiler alert: They may not have been the first, but based on the samples they sent me, I think they are definitely one of the best! Keep reading.
Note: I usually try and remember to take a photo of each coffee bag/canister I get before embarking on a tasting, but in the case of this espresso, I forgot, and in the craziness of my kitchen I must have thrown it out. However, 2% Jazz Coffee uses the same bag design for all their coffees, and this is the back of the other bag they sent me.
Whole bean: These beans were roasted to a perfect medium (in my opinion). No oily sheen on the beans, and a gorgeous evenly colored roast. It had a sweet and chocolaty aroma with a nice depth.
Espresso: I lucked out and had a great result on my first shot, straight out of the gate. Toasty and super smooth with no sourness or bitterness whatsoever! It was a very promising beginning. I did some tweaking just to see what would happen, and this blend does seem to taste the best pulled at a relatively high temperature. My first shot was at 208 degrees Fahrenheit; I tried it at 204 and 200 as well, and the shot at 200 was a bit sour. Stick with at least 204 for syrupy deliciousness if you can, but go higher if your machine is able for the best flavor.
Favorite parameters: 19 grams in, 34.5 grams out, 208 degrees Fahrenheit, 25 second pull.
With milk: With an espresso this smooth and delicious, you really don’t need milk, but if you choose to have it as part of a milk drink, I’d go with something like a flat white to really let the espresso flavor shine. The flavor will stand up just fine in a latte, but I think it’s more enjoyable with less milk in the equation.
AeroPress: Brewed this way, there was an excellent smoothness in the cup. Delicious!
Summary: I’m a sucker for any coffee company that uses musical references, so of course 2% Jazz would pique my interest… but they’ve really earned my respect with this classic and delicious espresso blend. I enjoyed every single shot I made out of this bag and I was sorry when it was empty! Just the fact that I ran out at all is noteworthy, because I generally have so much coffee around my house that bags rarely get finished in their peak freshness window… I will use leftover beans for stuff like cold-brew coffee. For me to actually finish this entire bag from 2% Jazz, it is a sign that the coffee is really exceptional.
From the roaster: No tasting notes provided
Review conducted 12 days post-roast.
Disclaimer: I received this product gratis in exchange for a fair and honest review. Even though I received this for free, I treat and test it the same way as if I had paid for it out of my own pocket.