PurelyCoffeeBeans visited Costco here in Taiwan just before Chinese New Year, and noted that they were selling several new Kirkland Local Origins coffees that I hadn’t ever seen before.
In fact, a Reddit sub-thread mentioned that the Nicaraguan Coffee was being stocked in their store.
I was in San Diego last week and was visiting a Costco in the La Jolla area. I always go to a local Costco to find out if they have any local specials whenever I travel. They were carrying a Kirkland Nicaraguan Peaberry Coffee (2 lb) for around $15 or so (I forget exactly). I haven’t opened it yet as I still have another half pound of beans left from before. Has anyone tried this coffee? I can’t find any reviews online. (linked at Reddit)
In fact, the Nicaraguan Peaberry Coffee wasn’t the only one I found in the shelves at Costco. I also found Honduras Special Reserve. Both of these are part of the Kirkland Signature Limited Edition Single Origin Coffee range, and not one single result in Google!
I also found the Kirkland Local Origins Organic Peru featured below, and this week we’ll be trying the Ethiopian Blend as well. So what’s the rub?
Limited Edition Single Origin Coffee
I have only found four coffee beans in this series, so far. I’ll add more. This is what the packet says:
Elevation, processing methods, coffee bean variety and optimum roast levels are all evaluated by Costco Wholesale’s own in-house coffee roaster.
A sample of each bean is roasted and brewed before final production and packaging in our warehouses.
Because these coffees are so special, so availability is limited. Be sure to try them before they run out!”
For more, check out this article Kirkland coffee.
#1 Nicaraguan Select Peaberry Lots
This is a mix of Caturra and Catuai varietals. CoffeeSearch has a good brief introduction to both varietals, but suffice to say, both grow well at altitudes though need a lot of care during growth.
Notes on Caturra & Catuai Origins
Caturra tends to produce more volume of beans, while Catuai is more suitable for areas with stronger winds or more exposed settings as the fruit tends to bind to the coffee trees. The notes on the bag state that the beans are grown at 4000~4300 feet in a coffee growing region called Natural Reserve Cerro Datanli, El Diablo in Nicaragua.
The addition of Catuai to Caturra produces a better cupping as the higher yield affects the flavors of the Caturra.
Coffee Beans & Coffee in a Cup
You will note from the picture that the coffee beans are small & rounded as the term Peaberry would indicate. The process identified on the packet is washed. This is how the coffee shows itself in our own cups. I tend to add more coffee per cup than is standard, usually 12g~14g per cup. And a mug often measures to about 1 1/2 cups in total or about 300ml. So the flavor is more ‘enhanced’, or as colleagues call it ‘strong’.
#2 Honduras Reserva Especial
Nestling right next to the Nicaraguan on the Costco coffee shelf was the Honduran Special Reserve Blend. Of course, I had to try it, and the price point was also similar to the Nicaraguan.
The Honduran Reserva Especial mixes Pacamara and Bourbon varietals together. Wikipedia notes that the Pacamara beans were bred to increase the size, while the Bourbon varietal produces about 20~30% more beans than the Typica.
These beans were grown at between 4,200 and 5.600 feet in the Celaque Western Highlands
Kirkland Local Origins – Coffee Beans & Coffee in a Cup
They’re quite small beans, and you can see there are several different types: some are smaller and rounder, while others are slightly larger in size. Roasted to a medium dark level, they appear slightly browner in the photo, than in real life.
We recently had the chance to share our coffee with friends from C.’s school life… served in a beautiful Rose decorated bone china cup.
#3 Kirkland Local Origins: Organic Peru
Costco still surprises from time to time in its coffee selections. I also stumbled across the following Kirkland Local Origins coffee blend from Peru. In fact, our branch had both that and
It is named: Kirkland Coffee Organic Peru. A mix of Bourbon, Typica, and Caturra varietals from Cajamarca in Peru. The coffee is a a classic with a delicate soft body. Kirkland reckons it has hints of chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of apple acidity. It is one of a series of Kirkland Coffees that has included Ethiopian and Nicaraguan Peaberry Coffee and Honduras Special Reserve. I’ll keep checking!
#4 Kirkland Local Origins: Ethiopian Coffee
It’s quite surprising what they have, but they aren’t in many stores as some Reddit readers have commented. The details are as follows: Kirkland Ethiopia Jimma Region Organic Light Roast Coffee Beans.
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The Ethiopian is some nice drinking, all I can say. I recommend it as it retains fruity notes, without turning your morning coffee into a cheek-puckering experience. It balances with some body, character and other notes that make drinking it rather pleasing.
Costco notes that it is a ‘light roast’, though in the real world of coffee, this typically denotes a more medium roast than the name suggests. On grinding, I’m still getting a bit of chaff in the brew, too. The coffee is excellent, showing off its notes of berry and citrus without any astringency or acidity.
At a family gathering I was quite hesitant to drink it, but downed 3 cups of it by the end of the occasion. It really drinks well. Notes indicate that it is an organic coffee, too. So I much preferred it to the typically citrus Yirgacheffe blends that dominate Ethiopian coffees. I am quite happy to drink it black, though my colleague prefers to add a dash of milk.
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