Wired for Coffee Lab: Viper Coffee Review

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Viper Coffee offers a wide selection of whole bean and ground coffees sourced from around the world

Looking for a little adventure from your coffee? You may not notice it, but at some point, drinking the same selection of coffee dulls the appreciation of that morning cup.

It runs the risk of becoming the same-o, same-o and before you know it, you’re drinking tea for a change of pace.

Then it’s a rapid descent to flavored infusions. . .

Our recommendation?

 

Try different styles and origins of coffee rather than, or in addition to, the usual brand you buy. Because for a lot of us, that unfortunately is usually a Colombian bean of some sort.

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Not saying Colombian is bad, not by a long stretch. But that is the most common of beans in the marketplace and shows up everywhere. Sadly, that makes people think other coffees are lacking or inferior.

If they think of any others at all.

The aim of this month’s coffee review is to try and change your perspective.

Maybe get you a little curious.

Let’s get the ball rolling with 3 selections from Viper Coffee.

We’d like to thank Justin of Viper Coffee for supplying the coffee for these reviews.

Who’s Viper Coffee?

Viper Coffee is located in East Brunswick, New Jersey. A relatively new online coffee retailer, they have a large selection of coffees from around the world.

If you’re feeling adventurous or you have itchy traveling feet and can’t leave home, you can select coffees from Kenya, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, India, Papua New Guinea and many more.

They also offer a selection of coffee blends, one of which is in this review.

How Did We Brew the Coffee?

While many of our readers have the latest in equipment, a lot of readers don’t. Because of that, we go for the middle ground in the review of consumables like coffee. In this case, we’re going to use pour over coffee making.

This is a style available at several price points making it an easy entre into coffee making.

How Is the Packaging and Shipping?

The bags came in a standard USPS cardboard box and from the outside, looks like it took a little bit of a beating. This kind of concerned us because we thought we were going to open the box and see a broken bag or two.

Happy to report, everything looked okay and the mail locker certainly smelled delicious.

The individual bags themselves seem to be pretty sturdy; they handled the rough treatment from the post office pretty well.

No grounds were spilled in this shipping.

The coffees we ordered to try were the Brazil Cerado, Mamas Roast, and the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

The bags are 1 pound in size and have the standard air valve on top as well as a flexible band seal for the bag.

Let’s Drink Some Coffee. . .

Read on for a snob free coffee review. This is an unpaid review (meaning we didn’t get any dineros for it) however, the vendor did supply the coffee.

Viper Coffee Review

Mama’s Roast

This is a blend of three coffees that Viper has chosen to be a milder companion to their bolder Papa’s Roast blend.

Some general thoughts on coffee blends that float around are that they are of lesser quality. That if you want the best in coffee, you should get a single origin type.

But that isn’t necessarily the case. It really all depends on the coffee – how it’s grown, how it’s processed and how it’s roasted. And, what kind of beans are used in the blend.

If these four components are well thought out and taken care of properly, there’s no reason a blended coffee can’t be superior to a single origin.

Sorry, I wasn’t able to wrangle the bean combination from them. But, with that said, the blend in Mamas Roast does come together pretty well.

This gives the coffee a lighter aroma while it’s brewing and steaming out of the cup. Which is contradicted by the smell you receive when you first open the bag.

That makes sense since the bag has been sealed up for a while, but it’s so strong, you would almost expect that smell while brewing.

This isn’t going to be a coffee that will overpower the entire kitchen and make it smell like the local coffee shack.

Interestingly though, it’s supposed to be milder, I found it to be moderately strong.

This tended to give it a bit of a thick taste in the back of the mouth along with a lingering, slightly sour aftertaste. The aftertaste though was pleasantly balanced against a bitter note.

This wouldn’t be our all day coffee, though it would be a great one to start the morning with.

Brazil Cerado

This coffee is grown at elevations of 3000 feet or less and, according to Viper, is grown in a protected area. One advantage being the influence of the native plants that grow in the area and their ability to add their flavor components to the coffee.

The coffee had an earthy aroma with a chocolatey, peanutty taste. A touch bitter, which didn’t linger, but with a smooth, deep flavor.

This particular bean is also known for its low acidity. If that’s what you’re looking for, this would make a great all day coffee. It also doesn’t seem to pick up bitterness as it cools.

A clean tasting coffee that leaves no aftertaste, it tastes just as it smells. Rich and deep. You might even notice some caramel and citrusy flavors. The aroma is definitely stronger and you will notice it as you brew it.

Yirgacheffe

This is the coffee that will take us back a thousand years to the beginning of our obsession with coffee. Tradition and coffee lore has it that the area where these beans are grown is where coffee was discovered by a goat and its shepherd and the rest is history.

Grown at 5000 feet or higher, this produces beans that have more intense flavors and aromas.

The particular cup I made was rich and full-bodied with a spicy aroma. It had a slightly tangy tingle in the taste that didn’t stay in the mouth. There was a bit of an aftertaste that dissipated quickly.

It didn’t have a particular bitter taste and in fact it tasted somewhat mellow.

It’s not at all overpowering in aroma or taste and it left a pleasant light floral smell in the air. If you’re used to drinking a Colombian style coffee, this one’s going to be very different.

What Else Do You Get from Viper Coffee?

  • They offer free shipping on orders over $75.
  • A 100% money back guarantee.
  • Online support to help you with your coffee order.

Tying it all up

We liked all three coffees and think they’re well worth considering. Bob’s favorite of the three is the Yirgacheffe, while Meredith’s choice is the Brazil Cerado.

Here’s something to think about. . .

Most people don’t think about switching their coffee type as the day goes on.

Start with a stronger, bolder coffee in the morning to get going. Then, a choice that is milder and can take you through the rest of the day. Maybe even a third choice towards the end of the day or after dinner time.

If we were to choose these three coffees as our daily fare, we’d pick Mamas Roast to start off the day.

Then the Brazil Cerado would take over about midmorning with a nice cup or two of the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe in the afternoon/early evening.

Want to get in touch with Viper Coffee or find out more? Here’s their website:

https://www.vipercoffee.com

 

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