By a show of hands, who here has ever been to Newfoundland? I’m assuming not that many of you! Well, for those who haven’t been, please go! It’s an amazing place to visit and explore; if you’ve ever wanted to travel and visit places in Canada, Newfoundland is on the top of my list!
The last time I was in Newfoundland, I hadn’t discovered the joys of coffee yet, so I cannot tell you about my experience in person. However, we were lucky enough to be gifted a bag of locally roasted beans over the summer! I bugged my mom to bring me back a bag of locally roasted beans, as I do with anyone I know traveling, since you know, being a poor student and all, I can’t really afford to travel much myself.
While on her trip, she picked us up a bag of Jumping Bean coffee, the Deep Water Dark blend, which instantly gave me visions of a cartoon bean jigging around in my head.
Jumping Bean was established in 2005 in St. John’s, NL, and has a threefold business model; they import and roast their beans in St. Johns, they supply independent and national retailers, and also run a system of corporate and franchise cafés.
What I’ve learned about them is that they have a unique roasting process, ECO2Roast, which eliminates 85% of waste and saves around a pound of carbon (CO2 emissions) per pound of beans. According to their calculations, that is equivalent of a 60 watt light bulb burning 24h a day for 17 days straight. Thinking big, that means that 300,000 lbs of ECO2Roast coffee is equivalent of taking around 3,000 cars off of the road!
They even make coffee pods that are fully biodegradable, which is a super big plus for those of you using pod machines! Furthermore, they are Fair Trade certified and all their house blends are also certified organic.
I’m really bummed that I didn’t get the chance to actually go and talk to some staff about what seems to be the most amazing eco-friendly coffee roaster that we’ve reviewed so far, but I’m in the process of convincing Marie to travel there next summer!
Available blends: they have a variety of single origins and blends, prices start at 13.95$ for 1lbs (454g)
Ground options: whole bean
Purchase options: Online and in store
According to their website, the Deep Water Dark (http://jumpingbean.ca/shop/deep-water-dark/) is their signature dark roast that has a “rich body and very distinctive spicy bouquet”, and its origin is a premium Sumatra blend.
Our rating for the Deep Water Dark from Jumping Bean
As much as I love opening the bag and finding dry and lightly roasted beans, I do love the look and smell of a beautiful dark roast. Surprisingly, when we opened this bag, we weren’t hit with that usual dark roast rich chocolatey scent. It was a mix of spice and coffee, but not exactly a traditional chocolatey smell. It’s hard to pinpoint, which got us really intrigued by what it would produce!
Preparation: 18g of finely ground coffee, extracted for 20 seconds, with foamed 2% lactose-free milk
End result: On its own as an espresso shot, or in a latte, this blend of coffee is a refreshing take on dark roasted coffee. I don’t think I’ve tasted anything quite like it, since most dark roasts I’ve had all have that deep chocolate and roasted taste with a bitter-ish after taste. This one barely has any bitterness to it, and offers different notes and flavours that are unexpected but delicious! This coffee would be perfect for those of you that don’t really like the bitterness of a strong dark coffee, but enjoy having a distinct taste when having a latte.
Thank goodness for online shopping and shipping! Seeing as we can’t really hop on a plane to grab our next bag, we will be ordering for sure!