I was recently the recipient of one of the best packages a coffee lover could ever receive in the mail: coffee samples from Millstone Coffee. Inside I found their two newest coffee varietals, House Blend and Mayan Black Onyx. While I was excited at the prospect of tasting both coffees, I must admit I was looking forward to trying the Mayan Black Onyx more as I am a huge fan of dark roasted blends. Here are my thoughts on both of these outstanding coffees.
MAYAN BLACK ONYX
Millstone describes this blend as “our newest coffee, ideal for those who prefer a darker, more exotic roast. It’s a full-bodied blend of the finest Arabica beans the world has to offer, with a rich, aromatic finish.” Upon opening the sealed package, I inhaled the delightful aroma of a deep, dark coffee that is full of earthy notes and charred wood. While such a strong coffee aroma may not be appealing to everyone, I believe others who enjoy dark coffees will enjoy this scent as much as I do. Upon brewing, the coffee takes on a less pronounced, more polished aroma. The coffee brews a deep, dark brown that is nearly black, but with a name like “black onyx”, that was to be expected. Anything less would have been a huge disappointment. After allowing my freshly brewed mug to cool slightly, I took my first sip of Mayan Black Onyx. My taste buds were met with a deep, full-bodied coffee that finishes with a delightful richness. This is a coffee that is meant to be savored, not gulped down in a rush. After drinking about half of my mug, I added some Coffeemate Sweet Italian Creme liquid creamer and was simply blown away by the taste. It may just be a happy accident, but I believe these two products were made to be enjoyed together! The resulting blend of flavors was the perfect pairing of flavors. Millstone recommends pairing this coffee with sauteed mushroom, potatoes au gratin and your favorite friend. I would recommend trying it with the richer, more flavorful desserts of winter and allow the flavors of both to linger on your palate.
Millstone describes this coffee as a “well-balanced and flavorful coffee with a smooth finish made possible by slow, nuanced roasting.” It doesn’t offer up the same intensity as its dark counterpart, and that is perfectly fine. Not everyone enjoys a dark beer and certainly not everyone enjoys a dark coffee. The aroma of Millstone’s House Blend is the warm, comforting scent that most of us automatically associate with coffee. I also detected a very light, almost imperceptible, lemon scent and a dash of cocoa. The color of this coffee is a dark, golden caramelly color. This coffee offers a very balanced flavor and a smooth finish. I found it to be a little more acidic in flavor than the Black Onyx, but it is still a very good all around coffee. I also tried this coffee with creamer, this time it was Coffeemate’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor. This coffee works very well with creamer and I would highly recommend it when you are entertaining guests or any other time when offering a variety of options would be ideal. Millstone recommends you enjoy this coffee with a puffy blueberry muffin and a thick, comfy chair. I would have to agree-this is the perfect coffee for pairing with baked goods and a fuzzy blanket on a cold winter afternoon.
Both Mayan Black Onyx and House Blend complement the current line of Millstone Coffees wonderfully and I would recommend both to anyone who enjoys a good cup of joe. For more information about Millstone and their entire line of products, please visit their website or Facebook page.