I stumbled upon this miracle of modern roasting, a partnership between Caffe Vita and Theo Chocolate, accidentally. I spent months after moving to the Pacific Northwest bringing home different pounds--Stumptown's Hair Bender, Zoka's Tangletown, Lighthouse Roasters' signature blend--and it was always just slightly not what I was looking for. Finding your perfect brew is like dating: plenty of roasts are fine for a single cup while you're out, but not all of them are so good you want to wake up to them every morning. We're all looking for something a little different, right? And then there was Theo.
This blend is everything I look for in a brew-at-home coffee (though admittedly, what you look for may be entirely different). It's got the lush boldness typical of Southeast Asian beans courtesy of a variety from East Timor, mixed with beans from Peru's foothills that provide just enough contrast and light acidity. While some people may expect sweetness and an overtly mocha-like flavor, it's got neither, but the strong scent of cocoa and vanilla that wafts through my kitchen around 7 a.m. is the same smell of the Theo factory if you've ever taken a tour during operating hours. It's absolutely heavenly. I like a little cream in my coffee; the husband takes his black with some sugar. Theo stands up well to both.
Guests who stay with me all go home with a suitcase full of the stuff. I've even got my parents to switch over, which was a hard sell considering it's at least twice as expensive--at $13.95 for less than a pound--as whatever they were drinking before.
So thank you, Caffe Vita and Theo, for making each day a little better. When I'm dishing up pumpkin pie on Thursday, I'll make sure everyone's got a cup of this perfect coffee to go with it.
What do you brew at home? Let me know in the comments--I'm always looking for some variety.