Kingdom Growers Coffee beans are the newest addition to my coffee taste buds. I discovered this company and their bean selection while shopping a few months ago for baptismal gifts. I wondered on that day how odd it was that a Christian store who specializes in gifts, spiritual reading material, and other items would sell coffee beans. Yet on the shelf in front of my eyes was this and other packages of coffee beans from Kingdom Growers. I had never heard of the company Kingdom Growers and a great speculation festered inside me. If these beans were any good why sell them in a Christian Bookstore versus a coffee store.
Needless to say on that particular day I decided to pass on purchasing any of the beans that was available from Kingdom Growers. A few months later I found myself back in the same Christian Bookstore and there again was beans from Kingdom Growers. I pondered that there must have been a growth in sales of this selection of coffee beans. This conclusion was made due to the increase in the number of available beans and the various types of selections from Kingdom Growers. It also happened to be a day in which I realized I needed to pickup some coffee beans due to the fact that the quantity at home was very low. So I looked over the selection of available choices from Kingdom Growers and I settled on this package of Natural Blend beans. There was two other whole bean options as well as several ground bean option available for purchase. I felt that this selection made the most sense, although in truth it was the first choice I made and so I went with it.
The taste of these beans was done both in a cold coffee and a hot coffee. The grinding was the same for both hot and cold as was the filtered water temperature. One other additional item of similarity between the hot and cold coffee was the ratio used. There was some differences in the quantity of beans which in turn changed the quantity of water poured. As well as an obvious difference with the addition of ice to the cold coffee brew.
Ice Coffee Settings:
- Ratio: 1:15
- Grind Setting: 30
- Pre-ground Bean Amount: 26.7g
- Post-ground Bean amount: 26.4g
- Water Temperature: 195 degrees F
- Water Amount: 396g
- Pour Time: 38 seconds
- 1st Steep time: 88 seconds
- 2nd Steep time: 105 seconds
Hot Coffee Settings:
- Ratio: 1:15
- Grind Setting: 30
- Pre-ground Bean Amount: 30.9g
- Post-ground Bean amount: 30.8g
- Water Temperature: 193 degrees F
- Water Amount: 462.2g
- Pour Time: 41 seconds
- 1st Steep time: 87 seconds
- 2nd Steep time: 110 seconds
There was some slight time variances between the hot and cold pours. The overall taste between the two was slightly different. While both iced and hot produced the same flavors it was the aftertaste which differentiated the two pours.
The resulting flavor was a smooth citrus punch that seemed to dominate the flavor. The package noted there was a chocolate smoothness that was prominent yet as I tasted both cups a flavor I was unable to distinguish. The overall taste though was smooth, light and not overly harsh. There was no acidity robustness that I sometimes encounter in coffee beans. The aftertaste of the iced and hot pours was different which I found odd. I initially thought this was due to the pour yet after repeating several cups the after taste remained.
I should pause for a moment and mention that the after taste I speak of is the resulting lingering flavor on your tongue. It seems, with most coffee beans I have encountered, a lingering reminder of the cup you have just sipped. Like that song you heard on the radio in which you either want to keep singing in your head or you wish to go away yet cannot seem to get it out of your mind.
The aftertaste of the iced coffee was tart and very strong. I suspect this was the citrus flavor overpowering the taste buds. I also wonder if since I am not a big citrus fan that I noticed this flavor punch over the chocolate. For the hot coffee the citrus aftertaste was not as strong yet the chocolate seemed to appear. Now the citrus was still there yet not as strong as with the iced coffee pour. While the chocolate seemed to appear there was still an odd aftertaste which I could not shake.
In the end this was I would say an average selection. I defiantly have had way better coffee beans and beans that I swear to never purchase again. The question remains would I purchase these beans again? While I do not think I would purchase these exact beans I would give beans from Kingdom Growers a chance. How can you not give beans from an organization that works to provide coffee along side doing mission work?