It’s dark roasted so I had trouble dialing in the grind setting for this coffee and the beans are smaller than usual in that some falls under the grinder burrs unground. I will probably stick to my favorite which is the Lazarus a medium dark roast. Both good but the Lazarus was easier to grind for the type of grinder that I use (Baratza ESP).
A true delight, this brew! Mouthwatering Decaf Ethiopia is an ambrosial coffee to slake the most discerning connoisseur's palate. I am ever on a quest to discover the most thrilling decaf coffees of the world, and this one is my current favourite. I am new to mountain-specific water processes, so I cannot report any noticeable differences from Swiss-specific water processing. Never could I prescribe as a dilettante any universal claim such as experiential notes and savours; however, the nose of this coffee fresh in my grinder transported me with the spell of a maple wood campfire-baked pecan pie, were such a pie to exist. Yes, a rich and aromatic grind characteristic of the world's finest coffees. Then the flavor of the brew fresh from my stovetop percolator was nigh an earthen nut dessert coffee but without the messy, unnecessary heaviness of flavored oils. True, as another writes: this light roast isn't quite as light as the lightest of light roasts that I've ever known, especially its caffeinated counterparts, but one must consider the nature of the water decaffeination processes... perhaps like the finesse in tone of a custom watermark on personalized stationary. I cannot claim anything so spurious as to say that this is the best decaf out there; however, until I find one better, indeed it is!
I have had pike creek coffee elsewhere in years’ past. Fast forward: I got into espresso rabbit hole and got myself a Bambino Plus. I used pre-ground thinking it makes no difference if I grind my own (my excuse for not buying an espresso grinder). Well, I found a reasonably priced grinder (Baratza Encore ESP) and started using cheap beans from Walmart. I was blown away how much better freshly gourd espresso can be than pre-ground. Then I was told to use freshly roasted from local roasters. I’m originally from Delaware so my first thought was Pike Creek Roasters as my local roaster. It took about 4-5 days from order to arrival with free shipping. I ordered the Lazarus (medium dark for espresso). I was able to dial it in immediately. Set at 19 and it’s consistently impressive. My 17 grams yielded 34.6 g within 28 seconds. Couldn’t be happier with these beans. No more store bought beans for me. Thank you for a wonderful tasting latte every morning. I look forward to ordering on a regular basis.
BTW, there’s no roast date on the packaging. And when I emailed the company, one of the owners immediately responded to me explaining why. He reassured me that my beans were roasted fresh. The taste convinced me that it was. So much better than Italian style coffee that comes in vacuum sealed cans. Thanks, Brad.
I just happened to try your decaf pecan sticky bun from Zingo's. I was hooked! I went back to get more and then oh no, they didn't have any! I searched and searched. I went online, but I couldn't find it online. It was on your site ,but I couldn't order any. Maybe the site was down? Then one day this fall I went back to Zingo's and there it was! You made my holiday brighter! I have my stash for now. I don't think I can go back to regular coffee again. Merry Christmas to me!
This was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint! Admittedly, my palate is not refined enough to detail the more complex flavors of this bean, but it has a full flavor, no acidic nastiness and it stands apart from the other dark roasts I’ve tried. I could be wrong, but my impression is that It doesn’t seem to be roasted quite as dark as say, Big Bold Joe (still my favorite) and it makes me wonder how this bean would hold up as an extra dark roast. In any event, it makes a fantastic cup of coffee with a unique flavor. If you enjoy dark roasts, you can’t go wrong with this one!
Mac, resident coffee expert, says he is sure he will be getting the yummy Pike Creek Yule Log coffee from Santa because he is a good boy.
Even those of us that normally like a darker blend were pleased with the multiple flavor layers of this blend.
Coffee expert Mac says, " After the mere whiff of the aroma of Drunken Pumpkin, I am relaxed enough to enjoy cozy time with my best Autumn buddies, Jack and Pumpkin Head"
Coffee expert Mac, the Jack Russell, says, "Maybe I'm crazy, but I think this mug makes my Pike Creek Morning Fog taste even better!"
Meanwhile his girlfriend, Kip, just wishes he would stop talking about coffee.
It has a mild earthy flavor with no bitterness. Not as strong as our favorite (Morning Fog Lifter) but a nice change of pace. As you can see by the photo, Mac, the Pike Creek connoisseur of all things coffee - has really gotten into the spirit of a good cup of Rumspringa.
My husband and I like a very bold flavor like that found in the Morning Fog Lifter but this is a nice milder and very smooth blend for an occasional change of pace - and we love the artwork on the bag.
As you can see by the attached photo, our horses all appreciate the nod to the horse events and trails at Fair Hill.
Resubmitting because it looks like first review did not take, anyway, this is a good dark brew with a really nice layered and smooth flavor.
As you can see my pup approves of my cup of Loam Buster as he helps me sort through emails.
I must say that my husband and I love this coffee. The hint of chocolate and sweet in a dark toast makes this flavor our favorite by far. It does not over power the coffee itself. Well done, Pike Creek! Well done! We are definitely going to buy more…a much larger bag!
Love all the Pike Creek pods - so much better than everything else out there - including that big name coffee shop's pods. Our favorite is the Morning Fog Lifter, strong but not bitter. I used to limit myself to one cup of coffee in the morning now I can't help but have two!
Festive light roast with just the right amount of spices to give you that perfect flavor and aroma. Fantastic for the for the holidays.
My Pike Creek Coffee Roasters mug has been awesome! It’s plenty big and easily holds 12-14 ozs of Pike Creek coffee plus it looks fantastic. In fact, I’ve received several compliments on its appearance which gave me the opportunity to cross sell your coffee! 😁
By the way, the Big Bold Joe dark roast has been equally fantastic making it difficult to decide whether to stick with that on my next order or to try something else. Decisions, decisions…
At any rate, I think the plan is that you guys will keep roasting great coffees and I’ll keep drinking them - and it’s pretty great when a plan comes together! ☕️= 😁
Yirgacheffe’s unique floral character never appealed to me in a light roast, and I’d never seen it dark-roasted anywhere. Pike Creek to the rescue! Delicious.
I used to drink the darkest roast I could find in a red can of dusty ground brown stuff from the Acme. Then I got a burr grinder for Christmas, started working from home, and went on a quest for whole bean dark roast. After months disappointing gazillion dollar bags of beans from around the web, it was suggested (my kids know everything) that I try beans roasted locally. And that's where the affair began. I got bags of each of Pike Creek's medium to darkish roasts available at Zingo's, ordered another couple online, and fell in love with Morning Foglifter. It's dark and fragrant, with that smack of rich coffee goodness I love first thing in the morning. There's a sweet undertone, but no bitter taste or acidic burn. It's got a kick to it, but not like a triple espresso--just like a good cup of coffee should.
Now I order it by the 10 lb. bag and one of the guys from Pike Creek delivers it to my front porch. Yes, I said TEN POUND BAG. I drink a lot of coffee. Okay, I share this stuff too (with the kids who know everything). I'm so relieved to have completed my quest for the perfect coffee, and done with that crap in a plastic can.
I love this coffee, I feel good about supporting local business, and I get a kick out of the look on Brad's face when he hands me that gigantic bag. The neighbors are starting to talk.
Pike Creek is such a find. We are a dark roast household, and these guys do it right. Morning Foglifter is rich and tasty, with a bit of roasty zing that provides an expresso note w/o crossing the line. We make it strong - 14 measures to 8 oz of water - but I'm sure it's plenty flavorful with less. Bonuses: local, and fresh!