Coffee and yoghurt. It’s not a pairing you hear of much, probably because of curdling issues, but I won’t get into that as it’s an image that doesn’t do this Coffee justice. I’ll be writing a full blog on 155 Coffee Company, giving you a bit more background about these guys soon, but for now let’s dive into the Gun Bunny Blend, a batch of coffee that they kindly sent over for a review.
When you check out 155 Coffee Company you’ll see that most of their offerings come with some great names, mostly associated with the military and such, and Gun Bunny Blend is the first of 4 of their coffees that they sent over for me to check out.
With the word ‘gun’ in the name you’d be expecting a powerhouse of a coffee, something aggressive, ready to blow your head off whether you like it black or with milk, but I’m delighted to report that that isn’t the case.
This subtle blend of Colombian and Brazilian beans was surprisingly balanced, true to its description that is laid out on the back alongside a plethora of information that I geeked out on (more on that later).
On the back of the packaging, 155 list the Gun Bunny Blend as a ‘Medium Roast’.
Unfortunately, the batch that 155 sent over to me was preground so from an appearance perspective I couldn’t really judge how heavily roasted the beans had been, however, the tasting notes from the several cups that I tested gave me no reason to believe that this wasn’t a medium roast.
From a brewing perspective I am assuming that the guys at 155 Coffee Company created this blend specifically for pour overuse as they have instructions that even the freshet recruit into the world of coffee can follow in order to brew…. “boil water, let it stand for a minute or two and pour over grounds”.
Of course, we all know there is more to brewing coffee than that, but I liked that little touch, it made the coffee more approachable and felt like a statement of intent, almost saying “I’m a great coffee and no matter what you do to me, I’ll still make you a good brew”.
The Brew – V60, Chemex and AeroPress
Anyone who knows me knows I love whole beans, it gives me more leeway to experiment and get the very best out of the coffee whether it be as an espresso, Chemex, V60, AeroPress or otherwise, however, in this coffee’s case, I focused on the latter three brewing methods.
So how did it fare under the V60 and Chemex microscope?
Personally, I enjoyed the brew a lot, as with all v60 and Chemex brews, it was low in acidity, this may be due to the paper filtering out any nasties, but I like to give the benefit of the doubt that it’s the hard work of the roasters that has ensured you get a nice smooth brew.
Both brewing methods provided similar results with regards to taste and smell.
A clear brew with a lovely depth of colour and a biscuity and malt scent is what you can expect to achieve with the Gun Bunny Blend.
Using both brewing methods I achieved a very light and subtle flavour, which I personally like, but take note that whatever the dose I tried, whether it be my go-to ratio of 60g ground coffee to 1litre of water or slightly stronger (I tried 70g and 80g to 1 litre) the taste didn’t really vary that much.
So, if you are looking for a brew that will knock you into shape first thing in a morning, this might not be it.
However, that being said, I personally look for a tasty brew over a punch in the face in the morning, and for that, the Gun Bunny Blend is a solid 8/10.
My favourite aspect of the coffee is the fact it has a silky mouth-feel no matter how you brew it.
That coupled with the lightness and lack of acidity or bitterness, means as I said at the start it’s perfect to go with my yoghurt, berries and nuts for breakfast or anything else I fancied, to be honest.
It’s a solid coffee for beginners to try and has enough subtlety to give someone like me who loves to be a bit of a coffee nerd, something to write home about.
So finally, we’re on to traceability and I’m not going to wax lyrical here, all you need to know is 155 Coffee Company have really done their homework and they include any info that you could want to know right on the back of the bag.
You get the lot number, the bean type, and the sanitary license number, along with details on where it was packaged.
My only gripe is that other than the fact they say it’s from Brazil and Colombia, we don’t get to know where exactly it’s from on the pack (you can get this info on their website).
It would have been nice to see the altitude, the farm and the region the coffee was from.
I’ll be honest with you guys, I’d never heard of 155 Coffee Company before a friend of mine, who is obsessed with the military put me on to them one night on Instagram.
But I have to say I’m glad he did. Chatting with the guys from the company has been nothing but a pleasure and the Gun Bunny Blend has been a great experience and a pleasure to experiment with.
I’ll be sharing what I thought about the other 3 coffees they sent over very soon, but for now, stay safe and make sure you get out there and support your local coffee roasters and coffee shops in these strange times!
All star ratings are out of 5
Ease to brew espresso: N/A
Ease to brew pour-over: :