Driven Coffee Roasters

Driven Coffee Roasters

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a new post.  But I’m back with a new roaster that I’m excited to share about with you.  Driven Coffee Roasters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  They are a small team that came together because of a common passion for coffee, and a drive to share that passion with others.

Disclosure: I received two free bags of coffee for this review, but all the opinions in this post are my own.

They focus on responsibly sourcing, and craft roasting their coffee to their customers around the country.  All of their coffee is roasted in a small batch Probat roaster, which allows them to maintain complete control throughout the entire roasting process.  They also have a huge focus on quality control, and are always cupping their coffee to make sure it exceeds their standards.

One of the things I like about Driven Coffee, is that they have a fund raising program.  Whether you’re a church group, school, sports team, or a non-profit, they have a fundraising program for you.

Not only do they offer this great fundraising program, but they also have partnered with several non-profits, so a portion of your purchase goes directly to these partners.  These partners include Second Harvest Heartland, which is one of the nations largest hunger relief organizations, United Way, and Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit, Christian organization.

I was fortunate enough to get a couple bags of coffee from Driven, and I’m excited to share about my experience with both of them.  Yes, I’ve turned the ordinary, simple cup of coffee into an experience.  Now, I’ve reviewed a lot of coffee from Africa, but this will be my first review of a single origin coffee from Papua New Guinea, and also one from Peru.  So lets talk about the coffee, shall we?

PNG Garana



When I was in 5th grade, my family and I moved to a little country in the South Pacific called Papua New Guinea.  Everyone there always talked about how amazing the coffee was.  Of course, I had never tried it, and I had no desire to either.  I was just a kid and drinking coffee was the least of my concern.

Little did I know, I was missing out.  Papua New Guinea really does have some of the words finest coffee.  This of from Driven is grown in the Garana village in the Morobe Province, which is in the southeastern area of PNG.  It’s a wet process, and is grown at an altitude of 1500-2000 meters.

I used my pour over, as always, and was very impressed with this coffee.  It was a nice smooth, chocolate nutty flavor, with a hint of fruity citrus.  If you’ve never had coffee from Papua New Guinea, I would recommend you try this one.

Peru Cenfrocafe



The other coffee I got from Driven was their Peru Cenfrocafe.  This coffee is fair trade certified, and comes from one of the most reputable cooperatives in Peru.  It’s grown in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 1200-2200 meters.  It’s fully washed and then sun dried.

Again I used my trusty pour over method, and I wasn’t disappointed with this coffee.  I found this one to have a bit of a hint of smokey to it.  I would describe the tasting notes in this one as nutty, mild citrus, and smokey.  This is also a very rich coffee for being a light roast.

I’m pretty excited to be writing this review of this great company, and I hope that I can keep writing more great coffee reviews from Driven Coffee Roasters.

So if you’re looking for a new coffee, and want to help contribute to a really great cause, look no further than Driven Coffee Roasters.

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