Mystic Monk Coffee: December Selection!

The Wyoming Carmelites have a little dialogue to describe their December “Coffee of the Month”

Mystic Monk Coffee

Choir Monk: I can tell this coffee is a blend – the different sizes and colors of the beans tell me that there are a few different types of coffee in this roast.

Lay Monk: Yes, the African coffee is roasted a little lighter, and the South American coffee is darker. Br. Roaster made several roasts and combined them for this special blend.

The Tasting:

Choir Monk: I must admit, I always look forward to our Christmas Blend – We’ll evaluate it in the usual categories: Aroma, Acidity, Aftertaste, Body/Mouthfeel, Complexity and Darkness.

Choir Monk: Here’s what I thought of the Christmas Blend:

Aroma: Complex – there was many notes – charred cedar, vanilla and stewed peaches.
Acidity: The acidity was roast-muted; the darker tones helped take the edge of the acidity, resulting in a mildly acidic coffee.
Aftertaste: Like the aroma, I thought aftertaste was complex, with hints of chocolate and lemon citrus.
Body/Mouthfeel: Full.
Complexity: Very rich – vanilla, chocolate, and citrus tones were all evident to me.
Darkness: Medium-Dark.
Choir Monk: I thought the Christmas Blend was a veritable tapestry of flavors! What did you think, Lay Monk?

Lay Monk: I thought it was pretty good too! I observed many of the same things as you:

Aroma: Dark and sweet, smoky, chocolate notes.
Acidity: Mild.
Aftertaste: I thought the aftertaste was very good; rising chocolate tones with hints of grapefruit.
Body/Mouthfeel: I also thought the body was nice and full.
Complexity: The complexity was very good, hints of plum, grapefruit, chocolate and smoky wood.
Darkness: Medium-Dark.


Choir Monk: Every year, we put a lot of effort into our Christmas Blend, and this year’s Blend reflects the effort put into it – Rich, deep, bold and complex. I greatly enjoyed it!

Lay Monk: I really liked the Christmas Blend too! I found it very smooth and complex. Although it is much darker than our previous coffees offered, I didn’t find it bitter or pungent. The sweet notes carry through nicely into a fine aftertaste.

Choir Monk: Our final assessment:

Building on a Mystic Monk tradition, the Christmas Blend 2011 is an exquisitely crafted blend that draws out complex notes from coffees around the world, resulting in a tapestry of flavors, with chocolate, citrus fruit and charred cedar as the main threads. The sweet aftertaste lingers, finishing what is a sophisticated Christmas Blend for 2011.

Mystic Monk Coffee!

It’s swell!

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  1. Sword40 says:

    I have recieved the gift of Coffee this Christmas from my wife. The Monks of Wyoming are to be complimented on their coffee Blends. I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far.

    I highly recommend their coffee for a gift. But be careful its “adictive”. [Shhhhh!]

  2. APX says:

    Everyone got Mystic Monk coffee/tea/chocolates/mugs for Christmas this year. It’s so hard to find stores selling stuff for “Christmas” these days.

  3. Mary Jane says:

    At my family’s Christmas dinner / get-together, Mystic Monk was served!

  4. Norah says:

    I gave gifts of Mystic Monk Hazelnut and panforte to friends for Christmas and feedback has been very positive. Hazelnut was my favourite MM coffee but if has been demoted to no.2 by Cinnamon Coffee Cake.

  5. JonPatrick says:

    Of all the Christmas gifts we gave I think the Mystic Monk sampler (to my sister and her husband) was the biggest hit!

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