Introduction and a question about Stumptown's "Holler Mountain" Coffee


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Jun 4, 2021
Hello all,

My name is Mark and I began drinking coffee later in life, which was about three years ago at age 45. Up until a few months ago, I just drank what my Mother - in - law had on hand, which was Starbuck's Sumatra. It seemed okay, for roughly 16 oz of coffee, I would add two teaspoons of sugar and a good amount of half and half :) Earlier this year, I began to think that, despite what I was adding to my coffee, it still seemed bland. Around the same time, a friend told me he started drinking his coffee black. I agreed with his take in that, one is masking the true flavor of coffee once you start adding stuff to it. To put things in motion, I began buying either medium or light roasted coffee and attempting to drink it with less additions. Giving up the half and half was easy for me, as I soon realized that even a drop of it can really alter the flavor of coffee and not necessarily in a good way. I still needed the sugar however, but now only one teaspoon for 16 oz. After trying about a dozen coffees, my current favorites are Wicked Joe's "Bella Maria" and Gevalia's "Guatemala" single origin, both pre ground.

Now onto my question, my buddy recently told me his new favorite is Stumptown's "Holler Mountain". So I immediately went out to Whole Foods and bought a bag with a very recent roasted date. (At this time I also bought a hand grinder as these are whole beans). Thus far, I've used a course, med, and fine grind, but this coffee, drunk black, just seems mediocre to me and what I find very odd, is that once I add sugar, it seems to take on a slightly sour flavor! This brand and particular blend gets great reviews on Amazon, plus my buddy really likes it, so I feel I am doing something wrong. I will mention that I use a Mr. Coffee while he uses a French Press.

So, if anyone could point out my missteps and/or comment on the coffees I have mentioned, or recommend a favorite, I'm all ears.



Just wanted to add that I'm using 1.5 tablespoons of coffee to 16oz of water
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