The Pact Advent Calendar – Day One

Hello folks,

So this year I’ve got my hands on a Pact Coffee advent calendar.  Now Pact and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship, I’ve been an on again/off again customer of theirs since at least 2014 if not before. I can’t see anything beyond that as they only show my last twenty orders.

Now with Pact, you can rate the coffees with a like/dislike and my order history with Pact basically goes –

  • Like
  • Dislike
  • Like
  • Like
  • Dislike
  • Dislike
  • etc, etc,

It’s nothing about Pact as a company, they’re a damn good company to do business with, very responsive and with great customer support, but I just didn’t get on with the choices of coffee a lot of the time. In fact if you look at my history, it’s an even split, 50-50 likes and dislikes.

In the end I stopped ordering from them and instead embarked on my current adventure of working my way through as many UK based roasteries I can. That said, I keep an eye on what they’re doing so when they did advent calendars for the first time last year I was intrigued, but held off.  This year, though, I decided to take the plunge with a friend of mine and she ordered two of them for us.

Hey look, round pictures. Because Christmas.

Anyway, it’s a nice thing. The box is sturdy and well made, and the coffees are all contained in individual pouches within. They appear to be a medium-fine grind while the previous year they were all specifically ground for aeropress/drip/cafetiere.  Pact haven’t specified the exact grind this year but, as I said, they seem to make a perfectly fine espresso with no indication of under-extraction. My Barista Express certainly seems quite happy to use them to make espresso and so far they’ve been nice and tasty.

We’re going to do this one day at a time. This post will be the longest as we need to set a little background, the rest will be shorter, talking about each coffee in turn, showing you the package, the info card and giving my opinions.

Without further ado, let’s crack on with day one.  You can see the pictures of the packaging above.

Silly me forgot to take a picture of the shot this time. Ah well, it was a bit late and I really wanted to actually try the coffee as I’d heard good things about this one from my friend who had already tried it. “Los Andes Honey” it’s called. I made this one with water, added a splash of milk and sugar and immediately noticed that the sweet, nutmeg notes on the info card were definitely evident.

It made very pleasant americano, no lingering acidity, a very pleasant cup all in all and one I’d think about buying a full bag of, I gotta say.  A really positive start all in all. So that’s day one down, let’s move on.  The next review will be days two and three together so I get all caught up.

24 to go because Pact, bless’em, even include one for Christmas day.

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