Today I present my final bean from Ross Street Roasting. Ross Street Roasting Co. was founded in 2015 by small-town Iowa native, Brian Gumm. Brian spent a year and a half hobby roasting in his garage on Ross Street in Toledo, Iowa. The business scaled up from local word-of-mouth customers to begin serving cafés and retail stores in the Central Iowa area, as well as maintaining an online store that serves the entire US. In 2016, they moved into a 800 sq ft production facility in Tama, Iowa. In 2017 the business grew by over 160%, making significant progress on their mission to "Turn coffee drinkers into coffee lovers." This is his Dr. Doolittle's Espresso CLASSICO blend. The blend is compromised of 100% Direct Trade coffees from Nicaragua & Papua New Guinea. Roaster Brian developed this blend with a friend from his hometown, Jeff Doolittle, who in addition to being an espresso aficionado is a practicing medical doctor. For his help in developing the line of espresso blends, he offered to name them after him. And, really, who could pass up a product name like "Dr. Doolittle's Espresso"?! Ross designed this to be a traditional roast profile for espresso, with smokey chocolate and nutty notes up front, and a sweet cherry undertone. I brewed this at my 1:12 ratio. Even though I tend to prefer my cold brew to be made with lighter roasts, this still made for a tasty cold brew. Great mouthfeel, very syrupy and full. Chocolatey, nutty, cherry, stone fruits. Quite nice. Thanks again to Brian & Ross Street for the tasty beans. Brian sent out quite a few beans, and they were all very good, so make sure to go check him out.
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