Beans about Coffee - Ratings
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."
This is REAL Kona coffee.
About 30 bucks for 14 oz
Brothers Gourmet - Hawaiian Blend
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.
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!
This is a "blend" with a required 10% Kona beans.
10 dollars for 16 oz.
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
Very smooth, like they are known for, but not strong enough for my tastes.
Godiva Chocolate Truffle
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
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
Millstone Cinnamon Gingerbread - Seasonal
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.
A nice flavor when you want the pepperminty kick. Wouldn't drink every day, but definitely during the holidays.
Publix Breakfast Blend
Not an amazing coffee, but perhaps a default coffee you could have daily.