Red & White Blend at Zeke’s Coffee DC

Roaster: Zeke’s Coffee DCCold Brew Zeke's Coffee
Retailer: Zeke’s Coffee DC
Beans: Red & White Blend (Natural/Fair Trade)
Roast: Darker than medium
Brew Method: Cold brew 

This cold brew was creamy, slightly nutty, and delicious. It was definitely enjoyable, hot day or not! The drink was balanced and, thanks to the darker roast, not overwhelmingly acidic–always a pleasant surprise when it comes to iced coffee. We’ve tasted a fair share of cold brewed coffee, and this one definitely stood out, mostly because of how creamy it came out to be.

Family-owned company Zeke’s was founded in Baltimore, MD. Lucky for us DC-dwellers, the small batch roastery opened in the Northeast quadrant of the district in 2013. The coffee is roasted and brewed with great care, and the staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We’ll definitely be going back here!

Fun fact: The organically grown beans are an homage to Washington, DC.

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Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale

Beer: Old Brown Dog AleOld Brown Dog Ale
Brewery: Smuttynose Brewing Company
State of Origin: New Hampshire
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV%: 6.70

If you prefer the hoppiness of IPA’s but want to venture out into malty territory, this is a great first step. The Old Brown Dog Ale is a blend of delicious malt and hoppy flavors. It was a very pleasant experience.

The beer smelled relatively strong and had a hazy brown with a reddish hue. The ale was carbonated, but not in an overbearing way. We noted it’s smoothness, creaminess, and lighter mouthfeel. There dominated a taste of brown sugar, with hints of chocolate and coffee. The slight hoppy bitterness balanced the flavors out.

Overall, the ale was pleasant to drink, as it was malty, hoppy, and sweet, but less heavy than porters or stouts.

Fun fact: In comparison to the English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.


Yellow Reserve and La Ilusión at 29th Parallel

Roaster: PT’s Coffee Roasting Co.29th parallel Retailer: 29th Parallel Coffee & Tea (VA) Beans: Socorro Yellow Reserve, Guatemala
Roast: Light
Brew Method: Pour-over

The Yellow Reserve was a delightful and unique mix of butterscotch, raisin, brown sugar, and milk chocolate. While the beverage smelled slightly acidic, the taste was only slightly tangy, with a prevalent creaminess and taste of butterscotch that lingered in the back of the mouth.

Fun fact: These particular beans were grown in rich volcanic soils of the El Socorro farm.

Beans: La Ilusión, El Salvador
Roast: Light
Brew Method: Pour-over

This creamy coffee was light bodied, earthy, and sweet. It was complex, exhibiting many flavors including vanilla, caramel, raspberry, and lemon. The aroma contained hints of caramel and honey, and the coffee had a more pronounced acidity in comparison to the Guatemalan blend.

Fun fact: The La Ilusión farm is situated on the Santa Ana volcano.

A special note about 29th Parallel: this hidden coffee shop is truly worth the trek to Fairfax, VA. The owner is passionate about coffee, and makes sure each drink is prepared with the utmost care. All of the ingredients are direct trade/organic, and it shows. If you enjoy a truly good cup of coffee, then make sure to check out 29th Parallel.

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