Pop Coffee works is located in a couple places in Ontario. They roast their beans in Mississauga and they have a coffee house in downtown Toronto. These guys only started up in 2018 and are making quite the name for themselves in the coffee world.

The Beans

Papua New Guinea Peaberry – Washed

Altitude: 1200 – 1350m

 “The country of Papua New Guinea comprises the eastern half of the New Guinea island (the western half is part of the country of Indonesia) that rests like a disjoined puzzle piece off the northern coast of Australia. Commercial coffee production began in earnest in the region in the late 1920s, and is now the country’s second most important agricultural export after palm oil.”

“The peaberry is generally recognized to be a developmental anomaly that results in the presence of a single seed inside the cherry, rather than two.”

The pour-over produced a sweeter tasting coffee, I could taste some chocolate. The drink came across a little sweet and was quite tasty.

The next day we tried this same blend as a drip. Again what I did on this day was have a few of our coffee connoisseurs at work give it a go. I thought and so did others found the coffee had a sweet taste, but a chocolateier undertone.

Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Pineapple, Citrus, Herbal

Funny note: All the guys at my office preferred this coffee.



Ethiopia Guji Shakisso – Washed

Altitude: 1900 – 2200m

“The Kayon Mountain Coffee Farm covers 500 hectares with about 300 hectares planted in coffee, and has been owned and operated by Ismel Hassen and his family since 2012. It is located 510 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, and the property crosses the border of two villages—Taro and Sewana—located in the Orogmia region, in the Guji zone of the Shakiso district of Ethiopia.”

This pour over had some great subtle fruit flavors. I really think that the honeydew calms this one down a bit.  I found that when this coffee cooled down the flavours really came out.

Again, I did the same thing with this one, brought it to work and made it as a drip to see what kind of comments we got with this one.

Tasting Notes: Red Apple, Magnolia, Honeydew

Funny note: The girls in the office preferred this one over the others. 



Costa Rica Santa Maria  

Altitude: 1500 – 1900m

“Santa Maria is home to one of Costa Rica’s finest cooperatives, Coopedota. It is the world’s first certified carbon-neutral coffee exporter, but it’s much more than just a supplier with a great certification. Recently retired Director Roberto Mata built up an amazing industry, integrating social services and environmental protections while producing some of the highest quality coffee available in Costa Rica.”

“This coffee underwent “Honey” processing, a form of semi-washing wherein the cherry skin and most of the fruit are stripped away and the remaining sticky mucilage is left to dry on the pergamino. Skipping the washing and controlled fermentation stages tends to increase fruity flavors in the coffee, and has the added benefit of saving water and time.

Proc. Method: “Red Honey” Process. Pulped and dried in the sun on patios and in mechanical dryers.”

The pour-over produced some lighter cherry notes with some more raisins flavours, and I had some stronger chocolatey flavoring.  This was actually one of my favorite coffees that they sent me.

I also tried this one up in an espresso drink, it blended well with the steamed milk and made for a very well balanced drink. The espresso gave the drink a nice kick. .

Tasting Notes: Cherry, Grape, Cocoa


Here is a few of Pop Coffee Works Accolades from last year:

Golden Bean North America 2018

Silver Medal

Pour Over Category

Silver Medal

Organic Espresso Category

Bronze Medal x 2

Espresso Category

Bronze medal x 2

Milk-based Category 

Last Words

All three bags of coffee made some pretty good coffee producing lots of terrific flavours. Myself personally, I really enjoyed the Costa Rica Santa Maria. It came across as such a smoother coffee.

If you don’t mind ordering your coffee on line, head to popcoffeeworks.com and order yourself some of their beans.

note: coffee was provided free of charge and the above review is objective feedback.

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