Modern Times Bourbon Barrel Aged Ethiopia Warqa Coffee
Modern Times is a brewery and coffee roastery with California locations in San Diego and Oakland, as well as a spot in Portland, Oregon. While they’re known for their outrageous barrel-aged stouts, the crew at MT has applied this same aging method to their coffee to bring more complexity and depth to their small-batch beans.
This Ethiopia Warqa coffee boasts huge aromas of woody oranges, coupled with a hint of herbal spiciness and a touch of bourbon and caramel, even in whole bean form. Once ground, the spirit profile becomes the star of the show while the orange liqueur, sandalwood and Werther’s Original notes take a back seat.
I brewed my cup with filtered water and used the paper-free Pure Over brand pour-over system to obtain the best, most unadulterated flavor possible. On the palate, the coffee is smooth and full-flavored, offering exquisite tastes of milk chocolate, orange rind, and bourbon wrapped up and delivered via an elegant and silky mouthfeel.
Pure Beauty Terry T x Gelato 33 – THC-6.31%, CBD-13.15%
Pure Beauty is a female and minority-owned, sustainability-minded indoor cultivator, which is an incredibly rare combination of words to find in a single sentence. Utilizing water captured from the air, LED lighting, a zero-runoff system in the grow, and 99% plastic-free packaging, the team at Pure Beauty is going above and beyond to create high-end indoor flower, without the impact on the environment.
This impressive 2:1 CBD dominant Terry T x Gelato 33 strain delivers gorgeous, chunky purple buds with a noticeable frostiness to them. Each nug is finely manicured, the clear result of a professional hand-trim. The herb emits the classic cherry cough drop aroma typically associated with high CBD strains, but is also intertwined with the Gelato’s sweet, creamy, doughiness that brings just a hint of fuel and funky fruit to it as well.
I rolled up a joint using OCB’s Slim Organic Hemp papers and sparked it up. The resulting smoke was lightweight and easy on the lungs, bringing forth sweet and herbal flavors and a soothing, mellowing vibe.
In my experience, balance is the key to happiness and success – and this mantra can be applied to essentially all elements of life. Matching the significant dose of caffeine with the relaxing power of high-end CBD flower makes this pairing greater than the sum of its parts. This highly unique barrel-aged Modern Times coffee provides an energetic kick-in-the-pants that will get you going, while the gorgeous Pure Beauty flower rounds out the edges and tapers your acceleration to get-shit-done-land, where you’re bound to end up after consuming this delicious duo.
This article was originally published in the September 2021 issue of California Leaf.
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