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Review: Lost Horizon Coffee Roasters – Shyira, Rwanda

Another decade another Coffee from a roaster that I hadn’t heard of. That’s the perfect start to the year as far as I’m concerned. This year’s taste journey kicked off with Lost Horizon Coffee Roasters’ Shyira from Rwanda.

Full disclosure, I didn’t pay for this particular batch as the kind guys over at One Click Coffee sent it as part of my Review package but rest assured, I informed them that any review that goes on The Bean Pole is always impartial and as fair as I can possibly make it.

But enough about the politics let’s get into the review.

The Roast

My beans were roasted on 12/12/2019 and it was the first week in January that I got around to tasting. The guys at Lost Horizon are clearly skilled roasters and have done a great job at achieving a medium-light roast that still packs a festive punch.

With this particular roast, a pour-over or filter brewing method is recommended, but as ever, I put it through its paces, both as an espresso and using a Chemex brewer.

The Brew – Espresso

First I powered up my trusty Sage Barista Express to see how the Shyira held up as an espresso.

Initially, I found it a bit of a struggle to get the proper extraction. Bean size doesn’t usually bother me, but for the first couple of attempts the small beans seemed to have me stumped, but after persevering I got the right ratio of grind size, tamp and dosage.

Personally, I think it says more about my skill level than the beans themselves, but once I had the espresso dialed in I felt like I could keep going and going with this bad boy.

The Brew – Chemex

I can only report what I feel and in this case, I’m really sorry to say, but you’re going to have to stick your hands in your pockets and shell out a few quid because Lost Horizon has nailed it by suggesting this roast be used as a pour-over / filter brew.

Using the Chemex really brought out the individual flavours of the coffee and it’s the smoothest black coffee I’ve had in quite a while, with an initial thump of plumb that settles into a smooth caramel aftertaste.

As soon as I’d finished my Chemex brew, the cup had barely gotten cold before I was onto these guys to see if they’d fancy a review of any other roasts in their stable.

What about traceability?

As anyone who knows me knows, even if I’m tasting the best cup of coffee ever made, it means nothing if I don’t know where it’s from.

Lost Horizon get a 5/5 from me on this aspect too. There was plenty of info about the roast, where it was from and more on the label, and a little bit of digging on their website kicks up all the sustainability info a fairtrade fanatic could wish for.

So that’s that. Another day another fantastic coffee. Check out the star rating below and let me know if you’ll be trying on my social channels.

Keep your eyes peeled for more on these guys, I’ll no doubt be sampling more of their wares in the very near future.

If you want to try some out for yourselves you can shop their full range by clicking here.

All star ratings are out of 5

Traceability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Taste: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Texture: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ease to brew espresso: ⭐⭐⭐

Ease to brew pour-over: :  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Strength: ⭐⭐⭐

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Review: Lost Horizon Coffee Roasters – Shyira, Rwanda


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