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Beans about Coffee - Ratings

Updated on January 1, 2015

Helping to make Coffee Shop coffee, at home!

I'm rather picky about coffee. I like flavorful, smooth coffee, not too bitter. I like coffee that really means it. I almost always make French Pressed coffee at home, because I feel this brings the best coffee experience. With a normal drip coffee maker, the essential oils just don't make it through the filter, whereas if you have ever seen French pressed coffee, or even made some, you can see the oils at the top, shimmering with flavor.

I feel the experience of pressing the coffee yourself, plus the better flavor of the coffee, brings home made coffee much closer to "Coffee shop coffee."

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Brothers Gourmet - Hawaiian Blend

100% Arabica

A different experience than the normal "grab and go" scenario. Brothers coffee sells their product as beans. There is an large coffee grinder next to the coffee bags, which allows you to pick how fine you would like your coffee ground. I went with the second smallest setting, right above espresso. This should make for a stronger coffee compared to a more coarse setting.

The buying process is a novel experience the first time you do it, but I suspect it gets pedestrian after a few times.

Not sharp at all. Very smooth, brings out the sweetness significantly. A dessert coffee in my opinion, fit for after a nice dinner.

8.5/10

Note: Hawaiian blends/Kona blends are only required to have 10% Kona coffee, the rest can be of any origin. There is a stamp that indicates 100% Kona coffee. Kona coffee is pretty expensive, I have yet to try it.

See example below! The Magnum offering is bold with their labeling, with "KONA COFFEE" very large and easy to spot. You don't see "blend" unless you look around for it. Near the bottom, smaller font. Trickery!

Magnum Exotics Kona Blend Coffee, Ground, 16 Ounce
Magnum Exotics Kona Blend Coffee, Ground, 16 Ounce

This is a "blend" with a required 10% Kona beans.

10 dollars for 16 oz.

 

D'ella coffee

Original

Whole bean, freshly ground.

Incredibly smooth, a good coffee to start someone out with. Would want to have more body and kick, myself.

I plan to cut strong coffees with this.

I was really hoping to love this coffee, because they are Rainforest Alliance Certified. The coffee is grown in Brazil, but shipped to roasted and packed in the United States.

I'm going to get a hold of the bag labeled Bold instead of original, and hope for a stronger tasting coffee.

Gevalia French Roast

Gevalia, Kaffe, Ground Coffee, French Roast, 12oz Bag
Gevalia, Kaffe, Ground Coffee, French Roast, 12oz Bag

Very smooth, like they are known for, but not strong enough for my tastes.

 

Godiva Chocolate Truffle

Godiva Chocolate Truffle Coffee, 12 Ounce Bag (Pack of 2)
Godiva Chocolate Truffle Coffee, 12 Ounce Bag (Pack of 2)

100% Arabica

Another dessert coffee. Initial impressions were not great, however after a few cups the chocolatey flavor seemed to improve. Maybe like how the more beer you drink, the better it tastes. :D

Near the end of the bag, it was almost like the chocolatey flavor had steeped down towards the bottom and seemed stronger.

While the final cups were quite good, I feel this may indicate a problem with the flavoring system, and requires more research.

It could simply be that my palate is becoming more sensitive. There are other flavors of Godiva, so I will see if that impression of being stronger at the bottom holds true.

7.0 near the top of the bag

8.0 near the bottom of the bag

 

New England French Vanilla

New England Coffee French Vanilla, Ground, 11-ounce Bags (Pack of 3)
New England Coffee French Vanilla, Ground, 11-ounce Bags (Pack of 3)

I found this to be sharp/bitter to the tongue. The French Vanilla was not amazing, a little subtle. Did not enjoy. I tried mixing this with other coffees to achieve something satisfactory, but was unsuccessful

3/10

 

Millstone Cinnamon Gingerbread - Seasonal

Millstone Cinnamon Gingerbread Ground Coffee, 12 Ounce Packages (Pack of 2)
Millstone Cinnamon Gingerbread Ground Coffee, 12 Ounce Packages (Pack of 2)

100% Arabica

A delightful blend of Fall and Winter cheer, especially around Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Warm and inviting flavors, makes you want to savor the moment.

Mix with other flavors for a little something extra in your daily brew, after the holidays.

7/10

 

Millstone Peppermint

Seasonal

100% Arabica

A nice flavor when you want the pepperminty kick. Wouldn't drink every day, but definitely during the holidays.

6/10

Publix Breakfast Blend

100% arabica

Not an amazing coffee, but perhaps a default coffee you could have daily.

6.5/10

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      othellos 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting selection of coffee brands. Thanks for sharing:=)

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