An In-depth Guide to The Profiles in the Tasting Kit - Driftaway Coffee

An In-depth Guide to The Profiles in the Tasting Kit

At Driftaway Coffee, we offer four different taste profiles because there isn’t one perfect way to roast or enjoy every coffee. Our Fruity, Classic, Balanced and Bold Profiles use different roast levels to showcase a variety of characteristics. This lets us highlight the best parts of coffees from all over the world, and to offer customers who have different preferences a range of tastes. Here’s a look at each of our coffee profiles, including where the coffees usually come from, how we roast them and what they normally taste like.

Fruity Profile: Showcasing Origin Characteristics in East African Coffees

Our Fruity Profile is the lightest roast we offer, and it’s a true light roast. As such, this profile showcases the origin characteristics — or terroir — of coffee. We like to use this with exotic coffees and let their natural flavors shine.

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Rwanda COOPAC Gishamwana Island – RWO

Almost all of our Fruity Profile coffees come from East Africa:

  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Burundi
  • Tanzania

Our very first Fruity Profile coffee was Kenya Nyeria Gatomboya AA. While we’ve had many different Fruity Profile coffees since, we constantly look for ones that are similar to this initial one. Most often, we have coffees with flavors that fall into three broad categories:

  • fruity notes (e.g. citrus, stone fruit, apple, berry, etc.)
  • floral notes (e.g. chamomile, lemongrass, black tea, jasmine, etc.)
  • sweet notes (e.g. brown sugar, vanilla, honey, etc.)

These exotic and fun flavors truly shine when our Fruity Profile coffees are brewed with a manual pour-over. The intricate control that pour-overs provide maximizes fine nuances in coffees’ flavors.

Classic Profile: Offering a Time-Tested Roast Coffee Drinkers Love

Our Classic Profile is modeled after the traditional roast that many coffee drinkers in the United States have grown to love. When most people think of coffee, this is what they think of. It’s the flavor in coffee ice cream, coffee milk and many people’s mugs of coffee.

This profile is a medium roast. It’s a little darker than our Balanced Profile, but it still lets a coffee’s origin characteristics shine.

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Costa Rica La Angostura Tarrazu – COR

We like to use our Classic Profile on coffees from classic coffee-growing countries. The coffees we roast this way come from Central and South America:

  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Colombia

In addition to the processing method, our Classic Profile coffees sometimes also feature abbreviations like “SHB” or “EP.” These are abbreviations that tell us more about how the coffee was grown and processed. For instance, “SHG” stands for “strictly high grown,” and “EP” is short for “European Processed” — which means the beans have been sorted by hand. These abbreviations are usually only used in the Americas, as the coffee industry in the South Pacific and Africa developed differently. Even if producers elsewhere have coffees that are grown or processed the same way, they normally won’t include these particular abbreviations.

(You’ll also find these abbreviations on some Balanced and Bold Profile coffees that come from Central and South America.)

Our Classic Profile coffees feature lots of flavors. Some predominant ones are:

  • nuts (e.g. walnut, roasted almond, peanut, general nuttiness, etc.)
  • sweets (e.g. toffee, honey, caramel, brown sugar, cane sugar, etc.)
  • chocolates (e.g. dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, cocoa, etc.)

Our Classic Profile coffees work well as espresso or drip, and they’re always crowd-pleasers.

Balanced Profile: Bringing Origin and Roast Flavors Together

Our Balanced Profile is a medium-light roast, but it’s a little darker than our Fruity Profile. At this roast level, origin characteristics are well balanced with roast flavors, hence the profile’s name.

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Nicaragua Mama Mina – NIM

Many of our Balanced Profile coffees come from the same Central and South American countries as our Classic Profile coffees:

  • Peru
  • Nicaragua
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • Brazil
  • El Salvador

Because the Balanced Profile’s taste draws both from a coffee’s origin and roast, this roast level has the greatest diversity in flavors. Our Balanced Profile coffees often feature chocolate flavors with bright notes (from percieved acidity). The quintessential Balanced Profile coffee is one from Guatemala, where high altitudes create rich and complex flavors. Some of the general flavors we’ve had in Balanced Coffees include:

  • chocolates (e.g. milk chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate, etc.)
  • sweets (e.g. caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, etc.)
  • citrus (e.g. lime, grapefruit skin, lemon, etc.)
  • other fruits (e.g. raisin, apple, peach, etc.)
  • other flavors (e.g. cedar, cola, floral, rhubarb, etc.)

Bold Profile: Providing a Rich Body and Bold Flavors

Our Bold Profile is actually a medium-dark roast. We don’t roast as dark as some other companies do, because all of the coffees we offer are high-quality and have some origin characteristics to showcase. Nonetheless, our Bold Profile does deliver the big body and clean finish that some coffee drinkers love.

For our Bold Profile, we select coffees from all over the world, including Peru, Nicaragua, Burundi, Uganda and Papua New Guinea. Because this profile is dominated by roast characteristics, we’re able to use a wide variety of coffees.

Sometimes, these coffee’s origin characteristics are simple well-suited for a dark, strong roast. Other times, we’ve had similar coffees but enjoy how they taste at this roast level as well as at another level.

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Guatemala San Pedro La Laguna – GUE

Our Bold Profile often has notes of:

  • Chocolates (e.g. dark chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, etc.)
  • Sweets (e.g. caramel, maple syrup, dates, toffee, etc.)
  • Other flavors (e.g. orange, raisin, pepper, almond, etc.)

With these flavors and a lot of body, our Bold Profile coffees brew great, rich cups of coffee and excellent espresso.

Find the Roast Profile(s) You love

If you’re looking for a roast profile you love, try out our tasting kit. It includes a selection of each of these roast profiles, so you can see what you think of each. Let us know what one(s) you like, and we’ll gladly send you more.

Author Scott

Scott is a professional writer for Driftaway Coffee. He worked as a barista for eight years, but today prefers to enjoy his beverages from the other side of the counter. When not drinking Driftaway Coffee, Scott usually has a mug of his own roasted coffee nearby.

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