Match Made Coffee 2: Organic French Roast

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One Sunday afternoon, Husband and I were trying to get the motivation to power through the 2pm slump and somewhat failing – blame potatoes and chicken-and-apple sausage from lunch, I suppose, or the swim we took after church. So he suggested we try the Organic French Roast from Match Made Coffee’s subscription box.

If their Guatemala Antigua was smooth, this roast was deep – with a caramelized side that was almost carbon-like, just a little tiny bit of burn that characterizes dark roast coffee. French roast is, after all, on the very darkest end of coffee roasts, and instead of tasting like the bean it originally came from, it’s going to be sugary, chocolatey, and delicious.

It’s also nice to be drinking organic coffee; while you might not taste it, the organic coffee bean contains far fewer of the pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that conventional coffee contains, and it doesn’t contribute to climate change or deforestation nearly as much as conventional practices. Sure, these choices make the coffee a little more expensive, but when it’s included in your $29.99 a month box, you are just getting added value for no extra cost.

I appreciate the dark roast because Husband tends to pick out light and medium roasts, and French roast is a special treat that my mom and I used to share at home. Drinking it this afternoon and writing, I feel like I’ve been given the permission to remember good coffee times as snow drifts lazily outside. It’s a lovely feeling.

Match Made Coffee was recently featured on NBC San Diego here, and you can check out their product online here.

Match Made Coffee 1 – Guatemala Antigua

img_5133Husband and I made our first cups of San Diego Coffee Company brew on Sunday morning, during the two hours we often spend before going to church, usually reading and cooking bacon and using our pour-over cups instead of the more typical french press.

What struck us immediately was that the Guatemala Antigua blend was smooth – coffee of many kinds can have a bitter undertone and this one was completely without bitterness. It didn’t have the intense fruity or floral tones that often characterize micro-roasts, but instead felt like the best possible cup of ordinary coffee. It was the micro-roast for everyone who ever was satisfied with a cup of regular, workplace-coffee-pot coffee; it’s tastier, but not weirder, per se.

Some blends of coffee just make me jittery, perhaps due to large quantities consumed or due to untold high quantities of caffeine per bean. This one made me alert – ready to start the day and excited to see friends at church but not odd and out-of-body. We poured more hot water through the pour-over to make two cups to take with us to church, actually, and enjoyed it just as much as it cooled while we listened to the service.

I can definitely recommend Guatemala Antigua here in our household, and that it goes well with Whole30 bacon and a tangerine; in the next few days, I’ll be transitioning out of Whole30 because we just had our last day (!!!), and I’ll do a yummy taste test of the sweet treats that came packaged with our coffees.

To check out Match Made Coffee for yourself, go to www.matchmadecoffee.com; they are currently offering a special Valentine’s themed box as the first box of a subscription: use the code VDAY17 to have your first box look like this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BP0M85Ng0hw/?taken-by=matchmadecoffee.