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Great Circle Whole Bean Coffee Review

January 16, 2017 In the Kitchen No Comments
Great Circle Coffee Miami - Great Circle Group Beans - courtesy of Great Circle

Great Circle Whole Bean Coffee Review

Great Circle Coffee, based in Miami’s Little Haiti district, strives to combine socially-conscious sourcing practices with environmentally-friendly roasting processes. Currently, Great Circle’s organic product lines consist of handcrafted blends, single-origin coffees and cold brew style coffees.

As admitted caffeine addicts, we happily volunteered to at-home taste test cups of Joe brewed from Great Circle’s line of organic whole beans.

Great Circle Coffee Miami - Great Circle - raw green coffee beans before roasting - courtesy of Great Circle Coffee

Great Circle explained how they roast with care by utilizing the Loring roasting system, often referred to as the Tesla of coffee roasting. This innovative roasting system generates lower CO2 emissions and uses less energy compared to traditional roasting machines.

Great Circle Coffee Miami - Great Circle - loring roasting system - courtesy of Great Circle Coffee

This intrigued us as it is the roasting process, in which the raw green bean is transformed into the resulting darken and crunchy bean, that primarily defines its distinctive coffee flavor

So, I fed our grind and brew coffee machine with Organic Espresso whole beans, from Great Circle’s Handcrafted Blend line. Great Circle combines seasonal coffees to produce this shiny deep brown, yet dry, bean. After opening the foil-lined coffee bag, I inhaled rich and sweet tobacco notes from the beans.

Great Circle Coffee Miami - Great Circle - cappuccino from organic espresso blend - courtesy of Great Circle Coffee

Sipping on the fresh brew, I really enjoyed the underlying caramel-like sweetness. Otherwise, I found the organic espresso flavor bold and smooth, with a marvelous burnt finish.

I also brewed coffee from two of Great Circle’s Single Origin organic whole beans, Pixcaya and Ichamara.

Pixcaya, from Guatemala, has an intense sweet aroma. When brewed, the medium-bodied coffee has strong fruity flavor of dried plums, with the bitter finish common to medium-roasted beans.

Ichamara, from Kenya, has a perfumey aroma that reminded me of a good cigar. When brewed, the medium-bodied coffee has a bright acidity.

Great Circle Coffee is currently available by the bag or via monthly subscription online at, along with a selection of premium coffee supplies and Great Circle merchandise.

Coffee enthusiasts in Miami can get a taste at the 1 Hotel’s Nativ Café, or buy bottles of Great Circle cold brew at Perricone’s Market in Brickell.

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