Tiny Arms
Vietnam Pleiku

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Lowell, Massachusetts


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Roast Level: Medium
Bean Source Country: Vietnam
Bean Source Region: Pleiku
Varietal: Robusta



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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1108 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    5.00 - Average

    5.00 - Aroma

    5.00 - Value

    5.00 - Finish

    5.00 - Flavor

    5.00 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    As someone who typically avoids Robusta beans, I approached Pleiku with skepticism. But the folks at Nibbana Cafe here in Lowell were quite confident. I believe this is a special roast for Nibbana. They were right. In this case, Tiny Arms has managed to highlight the positive characteristics of Robusta while minimizing its traditionally negative aspects. Despite the limited information on the Tiny Arms packaging, the coffee speaks for itself in terms of flavor and complexity. And caffeine content!!!!!!!!!! Ha ha so much caffeine in Robusta!

    A rich and decadent dark 80% chocolate is the first flavor note that stands out. It envelops the palate, creating a luxurious and indulgent experience. Remarkably, Tiny Arms has somehow transformed the typical bitterness and stringency associated with Robusta into an unexpected twist of grapefruit zest character. This unexpected combination adds a refreshing and vibrant element to the cup, providing a unique and memorable drinking experience.

    One of the standout features of this coffee is its clean finish. While Robusta beans often leave a lingering aftertaste, Tiny Arms has achieved a clean finish that showcases a herbaceous character. This herbaceous quality adds a layer of complexity and depth to the overall flavor profile, elevating the coffee beyond the expectations typically associated with Robusta beans.

    This Tiny Arms' Pleiku Robusta roast is truly a feat of coffee roasting. Despite Robusta's reputation for being less desirable in pourover brewing, this particular roast defies expectations and showcases the potential of Robusta beans when in the hands of skilled roasters. The combination of the rich 80% chocolate notes, the unexpected grapefruit zest character, and the clean, herbaceous finish make this coffee truly remarkable. For those who typically shy away from Robusta, I highly recommend giving Tiny Arms' Robusta roast a try. It might just change your perception of this often-misunderstood coffee variety.

    Cupping Method:At Nibbana Cafe in Lowell, MA

    11 months ago ยท See more from Theodore (Ted)

More Details

Roast Level: Medium
Medium roast coffee balances the beans' natural flavors and the roasting process, providing a well-rounded taste profile. When selecting a medium roast, look for a balance of acidity and sweetness, with caramel, nuts, and chocolate notes and a medium body.
Bean Source Country: Vietnam
The specialty coffee industry in Vietnam has been gaining traction in recent years, with its Robusta coffee making its way into third-wave coffee shops and retail markets, driven in part by its diaspora. While more than 90% of coffee produced in Vietnam is robusta, they also produce some specialty-grade Arabica coffee. Vietnam's Central Highlands are a highly productive plateau for coffee plants.
Bean Source Region: Pleiku
Pleiku, renowned for its Robusta coffee, takes coffee enthusiasts on a captivating journey through the lush Central Highlands of Vietnam. Grown at elevations that contribute to its distinctive character, Pleiku Robusta coffee entices with its earthy aroma and a flavor profile that harmoniously balances nutty and fruity notes. With a medium body and a smooth, lingering finish, this coffee showcases the region's unique terroir, showcasing the robust qualities of Robusta beans.

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Tiny Arms is a coffee roaster from Lowell, MA United States. We have 10 cataloged roasts with 14 total reviews with a score of 4.64.

International Rank: #13 out of 822
Ranking is based on a combination of reviews and popularity on CoffeeRoast.com
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