‘For the Love of ‘Fee’ is one coffee-lover’s attempt to machete through the tangle of coffee beans and brews to find an awesome cup of coffee. Juan Valdez follows ME! 🙂
Okay kids, time to put on your itchy Sunday best – Sarca’s taking you to church!
The Church of ‘Fee that is! Please turn to page Coffee in your hymnals. Today, we sing the praises of Canada’s own Kicking Horse Coffee.
I was first introduced to Kicking Horse Coffee at my work. Every March, my work has a staff appreciation week, providing interesting workshops and such to the support staff of the college. Three years ago, I attended the best seminar ever – on coffee. There, we were able to try different methods of brewing coffee – from French Press and Percolated to Italian espresso and Turkish brewed. It was this day I was introduced to the likes of Kicking Horse Coffee – a Canadian certified organic roastery based in British Columbia.
At first introduction, the name Kicking Horse conjured up thoughs of kicking ass, which also made me think this coffee would do just that – kick my ass. Never mind, when I heard the beans we were trying the day of the coffee seminar were actually called Kick Ass, I knew I was going to fall in lust. Time to put the devil horns on! The Kicking Horse Kick Ass coffee beans were ground and brewed for us. Like the feeding of the five thousand, a little pot of Kicking Horse Kick Ass coffee managed to make the rounds in a room full of 50 people without the pot running dry.
And it was good. Tasty.
Kick Ass is considered a dark roast, which is a type of roast I am not partial to at all, but I did enjoy this one very much. It didn’t taste like the burnt sludge from the bottom of the office’s coffee carafe. I enjoyed it so much that when the guy conducting the workshop asked if anyone wanted any beans to take home I enthusiastically raised my hand in an “oh oh pick me!” gesture and was rewarded with half a pound of Kick Ass beans. For the win!
One week, my local grocery store had a massive sale on coffee, including Kicking Horse coffee. Let me put it out there – Kicking Horse is not the cheapest coffee. A one-pound bag can cost upwards of $16. So, when I see it on sale for under $16 at my local grocery store, I say let’s scoop some up! Unfortunately that day, my prayers weren’t answered – there was no Kick Ass roast left. But, there was what turned out to be the next best thing: Three Sisters Roast.
Bible study time!
Named after a three-peak mountain formation that looks like three nuns in habit, Three Sisters is considered a medium roast. Like the entire line of Kicking Horse roasts, the beans are packaged in a black foil bag. A clean-looking logo, representing the Three Sisters roast is printed on the front, as well as Kicking Horse’s logo. The package states that Kicking Horse is certified organic, and is considered a fair trade product which, in my opinion, is a cause to support. The package also states the beans are a combo of Indonesian, Central and South American beans, and are roasted in Canada.
The description says Three Sisters is “Smooth, Savoury, Seductive.” Ooo, are these nuns naughty?
In opening the bag of beans, I was hit with a comforting aroma of wood-burning fireplace with undertones of hot-air-popped popcorn (yes, popcorn!). Here’s something else I found interesting: the whole beans’ colour was not in one standard tone. They varied in tones of brown and black. My guess is, the varied tones mean some beans were deep roasted, while others were not. Or, maybe it comes from using beans from different locales…?
How It Smells and Tastes
The coffee is fragrant and tasty, as simple as that. This is not your average church potluck luncheon watered-down coffee. It’s better than that! This is full-bodied, smooth and flavourful. Sinfully secular! Pass the potato salad!
Worth the Price?
The Kicking Horse Coffee brand isn’t cheap, and that might be its sin. But, if you can manage to find some on sale, I definitely recommend you pick some beans up. There are other roasts available beside Kick Ass and Three Sisters, including cool-sounding Bugaboo, Grizzly Claw, Hoodoo Jo and Mocha Yoho, in varied roasts from light to dark and decaf varieties.
Kicking Horse Coffee is a 10/10!
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Now, can I get an AMEN up in here? 😉