Red Rooster Coffee Co. Espresso
A few years ago I came across Red Rooster Coffee Company selling their coffee beans at a farmer’s market in North Raleigh. When I inquired about their coffee I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were a local micro roaster operating out Wake Forest, NC. I enjoyed their coffee back then, but haven’t had the opportunity to try it in a while until recently after noticing their coffee being used in local shops around the Triangle. I thought I would revisit this coffee and today I share my thoughts about their signature espresso blend.
Preparing my Espresso Shot
I received a fresh 1 lb bag of their coffee delivered straight to my door by the roaster. I only live a few miles away and they offer free delivery to Raleigh, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Youngsville and even Durham and Chapel (delivery to Durham & Chapel Hill on Fridays only).
I usually leave drinking espresso for when I am out at my favorite local shops because they do it so well and I have yet to invest in a serious epresso maker at home. However, I was looking forward to experimenting with this bean and improve my home espresso skills in the process. I ground the Red Rooster espresso using a #10 (fine) setting on my Baratza Preciso grinder. I used 18 grams of coffee and pulled shots in about 30 seconds using my Krups Espresso maker resulting in a 31 gram shot.
Affogato with Red Rooster Espresso
My thoughts about the Coffee
This is a proprietary espresso blend so I don’t have specifics about it’s origin, but the strong chocolate notes make me suspect it is some combination of beans from Africa. It is a darker roast resulting in a classic toasted nut (walnuts and almonds) and dark chocolate flavors that are complimented very well when accompanied by frothed whole milk for a cappuccino or latte.
Fruit notes were also prominent in this strong bodied espresso. I noticed traces of blueberry and red raspberry notes as the espresso cooled. These hints of fruit enhanced my enjoyment of this particular espresso as the combination of dark chocolate, raspberry and milk is something I truly love.
As a special treat I experiment several times using the Red Rooster Espresso to make affogatos at home. My recipe called for one scoop of vanilla Haagan-Dazs ice cream with a single shot of espresso poured over it in a small bowl. The result was a velvety smooth ice cream treat with just the right balance of cream, dark chocolate and tartness. I was extremely pleased with the results.
Where can you find Red Rooster?
Red rooster is a micro roaster that sells their coffee online out of Wake Forest. To view their current offerings and order a bag of their coffee visit Red Rooster Coffee Co. Use can also find their beans for sale in local shops like The Lemon Tree in Wake Forest, the Black Cat Cafe in North Hills and Market Street Coffee & Ice Cream in Chapel Hill, Durham & Carrboro.
Red Rooster Coffee Company
Wake Forest, NC