Lavazza Single Origin Kilimangaro Coffee Review – February 1, 2021

LAVAZZA SINGLE ORIGIN KILIMANJARO COFFEE REVIEW

February 1, 2021

An Introduction

 Today’s coffee review will feature a coffee giant in Europe, Lavazza coffee. More specifically we will review Lavazza Single Origin Kilimangaro Coffee.  Yes, that’s a mouthful to say. This coffee is sourced from 100% Arabica beans from Tanzania, and one of the highest mountains in the world.

Brew Time

5 minutes

Coffee Review

The description on the coffee bag says the coffee has an intensity of 7, on a scale from 1 to 10.  I love the idea of putting the intensity level on the bag with a number, it’s much more descriptive to me.  Februarybe we should all follow this rule and use it more in everyday life. “Hey, Jack, how you doing today?” “I’m a 7 today Bob.”  “You are a 7?” “Yesterday you were an 8.5, and before lunch you said you were a 9 plus.” “Did you hear what I just heard Lisa? Jack is only a 7 today. I’d steer clear of him now, he’s in meetings until noon and his blood sugar will be low by then, so he’ll easily be a 6 just before lunch and you know what he’s like when he’s a 6 just before lunch, right?”

Okay maybe the number thing isn’t the best idea for people, but let’s see how it works for coffee.  These people at Lavazza are pretty smart, the company has been around for 120 years, so they must be doing something right.

Coffee Characteristics

There’s a reason this company has been roasting coffee for 120 years and it’s apparent in this coffee. The description of the coffee on the bag and from several other reviews I’ve read online says it’s crisp with some sweetness, and I definitely agree.

COFFEE ROAST

The coffee roast is a medium roast coffee. Most Lavazza medium roast coffee I have had in the past tastes a little more heavy than a traditional medium roast, this coffee isn’t heavy, even though I’ve used a French Press to brew the coffee.

COFFEE AROMA

The coffee aroma is fragrant with a beautiful floral element. I get a hint of something that smells a little like cracked pepper too.

COFFEE BODY

The body is medium with a hint of crispness, it’s not heavy. I would have thought an Italian roast coffee from Lavazza would be a little more heavy but it’s not

COFFEE SWEETNESS

Sweetness is there for just a touch. Descriptions I’ve read have said there’s a slight cherry flavor and I can just barely get that.  There is a tiny bit of cocoa here too, but not sweet.

COFFEE ACIDITY

The acidity in this coffee is medium, it’s what I would typically expect from a Italian medium roast. It would certainly pair very nicely with an almond or chocolate biscotti.  Now I’m hungry.

COFFEE MOUTHFEEL

The feel is balanced and a little sour, but not in a bad way.  Again that reference to cherries is accurate, it’s got that same interesting component to it.

COFFEE FINISH

The finish is silky smooth and clean.  This coffee is great by itself but I think if you were to pair it up with something a little sweet that the sweetness of the food and the crispness of the coffee would compliment each other very well.

THE COFFEE GOOD STUFF

This is a solid coffee, that pairs excellent with food.  It might even be a better choice for dinner or dessert since it’s not too dark and heavy and the acidity and crispness really work well with food.

  • Balanced nicely
  • Silky finish for a medium body coffee

THE COFFEE BAD STUFF

One unfortunate thing I’m realizing as I keep tasting this coffee.  As it gets a little cooler I’m getting more of that cherry taste and it’s making my mouth water more.  I usually drink my coffee hot all the time, so if you are drinking this coffee and its begins to cool a bit and the flavor becomes a little more crisp, don’t be surprised.

SUMMARY

The Lavazza Single Origin Kilimangaro coffee is an good choice for a medium roast coffee.  It pairs nicely with food on the sweeter side.  I particularly enjoyed the medium roast.  The folks at Lavazza know what they are doing.  Give this coffee a try on your next shopping trip, it’s certainly worth a taste. 

P.S. Someone get Jack a biscotti and a cup of this coffee and he’ll be back in the 9 range fast.   Enjoy the day!

COFFEESTRONG SCORE: 91

Black Rifle Freedom Blend K Cup Coffee Review – January 31, 2021

black rifle coffee review

January 31, 2021

Black rifle coffee Company Information

Black Rifle Coffee Company is a unique story.  The company was founded in 2014 by Evan Hafer, a former Green Beret.  Hafer produced just one coffee blend when he first started, it was the Freedom Roast coffee, and it sold so well, that the rest is history. Black Rifle coffee is now known not only for it’s high quality coffee products, but for it’s pervasive marketing and advertising campaigns.  They have a reputation as a patriot coffee company because they donate a portion of their sales to military, local police and first responders.

Let’s see if the coffee can hold it’s own with this review, or if it’s just another over-hyped caffeine crazed social media experiment.

Coffee Brew Time

2 minutes

Coffee Review

Let me just start this by saying, I lost another coffee friend yesterday. We had been friends for only about 5 years, but it was a really special relationship, because he was always there when I needed him.  He will be missed, just like the other 4 coffee cups that have shattered into thousands of pieces by someone, who shall remain nameless, but knows who she is and how serious this is starting to become in our house.

Since we are down another coffee cup and I’m going to have to start doing spare jobs on the side to afford to buy new one’s, I decided we would go simple today and review one of the most popular Black Rifle Coffee products, the Freedom Blend K Cup.  It’s easy to make with the Keuring Coffee Maker and if the coffee is as good as it’s been touted online, then I should be happy.  I’m not a big fan of K Cups, but I’m always willing to test, and retest and keep an open mind.  The same way I’m keeping an open mind that some magically fairy princess will swoop down and one day wave a magic wand and instantly make all my broken coffee cups come back to life.

Coffee Characteristics

The Freedom Blend K Cups are surprisingly good. I’m ashamed to admit, this coffee is much better than I thought it would be.  The Keurig machine has done a great job this morning.

Coffee roast

The coffee roast is a medium roast coffee.  They make coffee bean and ground coffee products for this roast called the Freedom Roast. Don’t confuse this blend with the Black Rifle Freedom Fuel blend, which is a dark roast coffee.

coffee aroma

The coffee aroma is deep and hearty, and isn’t weak, it’s got some legs to it and is a little more intense than I thought it would be for a K Cup.

coffee body

The body is medium it’s not too heavy, it’s got a pleasant lightness about it but not too light, the roast is balanced and fine.

coffee Sweetness

Hints of cocoa, a little touch of caramel, maybe a smidge of toffee, it’s all there in this coffee.

coffee acidity

I love the low acidity in this coffee, it’s got a really nice balance and it’s incredibly smooth for a K Cup coffee.  Much better than most I’ve tried in the past.

coffee mouthfeel

The feel is slightly rich with a hint of crispness but balanced and smooth

coffee Finish

The finish is nice and smooth.  I get a little chocolate on the back of it, but it’s not a heavy chocolate flavor.  The roast is balanced and has the refined flavor of the better quality medium roast coffees.

THE COFFEE GOOD STUFF

  • True medium roast coffee
  • Balanced roast, and excellent acidity and flavor
  • Rich finish but not heavy

THE COFFEE BAD STUFF

There isn’t much to say in terms of negativity about this coffee.  It’s a solid coffee and one of the better one’s I’ve had from the K Cup products.  The Black Rifle website says the brew methods for this coffee are Espresso, Pour Over, Cold Brew, Drip, and Press. I’d like to review the French Press version to see the difference in taste and I may do that in a future coffee review, so stay tuned.

summary

I will be the first to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the ability of this coffee to deliver in a K Cup. The coffee itself is very good and the taste and flavor are among the higher class medium roast coffee products on the market today.  This coffee is definitely worth a try if you are a regular K Cup user and want to expand your horizons and try something different.

Black Rifle Freedom Blend K Cup COFFEESTRONG SCORE: 91

Magnum Exotics Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Review January 29, 2021

January 29, 2021

Daily Coffee Review

I know what you are saying, or at least I think I do.  “Wow, a review of the big dog, the best coffee in the world, the most expensive coffee in the world”  Go big or go home, or in this case, go into the next door neighbors home (via the back wall in our garage).  Okay, you’re right, but this isn’t 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, it’s a blend, so please keep that in mind as you read so there is no confusion.

Today, I chose this coffee review to speak a little about patience and form. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is known for it’s outstanding quality, incredible rich, smooth characteristics, and incredible coffee aroma. This type of quality and these characteristics don’t come from pulling the coffee beans off the branch willy-nilly and throwing them in some garbage bag, then tossing them on to a dirty truck bed and exposing them to God knows what before the coffee roasting process.  No, no, no, they are carefully harvested by hand, treated with care and tenderness, that way if there’s any risk of damaging them between harvesting the coffee beans and completing the roasting process, it’s limited to a very small chance.

My wife, at this time, is not known for her incredible smoothness when it comes to parking in the garage.  I know, you can remind me again that we have a solid wooden bed foot board between the inside of the garage and the garage wall.  We have cardboard boxes stacked in front of the bed frame to use as a guide to stop before hitting them.  Does this stop her from slowly pulling into the garage and gently approaching the back wall?  She would say, yes, my blood pressure would say no.

I’ve tried to convince her that parking in the garage is like pouring a fine wine or making a beautiful french press of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.  You don’t charge right in like a screaming child running into the house, you ease into it, nice and smooth, nice and easy.  Why do we do it this way my Romanian Princess? It’s simple, because in the unlikely, but certainly possible event you misjudge or become distracted, we have to deal with a small ding on the new car, and a little paint on the garage wall, instead of a structural engineer, our insurance agent, the neighbors insurance agent, a home construction contractor, housing inspectors, permits, etc. etc. etc.   I need a cup of coffee!

Smoothness baby, nice and easy, take your time and read today’s coffee review, savor it. Today’s coffee review is Magnum Exotics Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.

Coffee Maker

Bodum Chambord French Press

Coffee Water Temperature

200 Degrees Fahrenheit / 94 Degree Celsius

Coffee Filter

None

Coffee Roast

This is a medium roast coffee of 100% Arabica Coffee Beans that are sourced from the Caribbean, and Central America.

Coffee Aroma

The coffee aroma is nice and rich I can tell it’s gonna been a good one baby!  The coffee gods are smiling.

Coffee Body

The body of the coffee is smooth and rich, but different from most of the coffee I usually drink.  It has a much cleaner flavor and the body isn’t big like a darker roast, or even a medium roast, it’s very subtle.

Coffee Sweetness

The coffee has slight sweetness, since it’s a lighter tasting coffee.

Coffee Acidity

The acidity level is medium on this coffee, but no harshness.

Coffee Mouthfeel

The coffee has a great mouthfeel.  It’s starts out smooth and silky and just keeps going and going. Smooth like Shaft baby!

Coffee Finish

The finish on the coffee is clean, very balanced and impressive.  I enjoy the smallest hint of earth on my palate after drinking and resting

Summary

This coffee is a winner.  It’s not a crazy big coffee and it’s not your traditional medium body everyday standby.  This coffee is one I could seriously consider drinking everyday (if I could afford it).  Wait! Everyday, smooth, silky nice and easy, this is the perfect metaphor for parking in the garage.  Februarybe this coffee will convince her to slow down a little, take her time and just let it it happen.   I’ll keep you updated……

CoffeeStrong.org Score

Magnum Exotics Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Blend Score:  91 points / 100

Cafe Don Pablo Columbian Supremo Coffee Review – January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021

Daily Coffee Review

What is the best way to make coffee?  If you Google it, you’ll see millions of pages mentioning it.  Yesterday we watched a movie that dealt with determination, sacrifice, disappointment and precision.  That sounds like life in general doesn’t it? It’s a struggle sometimes, and the odds are the better you are at managing these qualities, the more fulfilling life will be for you.

Let’s skip the first 3 qualities and go to precision.  Precision is the result of a large degree of patience and thorough execution, over and over sometimes. It can be meaningless to execute over and over if you have sloppy precision.  Your results will be all inconsistent, and inconsistency can lead to frustration and ultimately failure.

Blah Blah Blah……how the heck does this have anything to do with coffee?  Simple, be precise when it comes to the amounts of water you use in each carafe, french press, or pot.  Measure your coffee amounts carefully and be sure the coffee water temperature is in that sweet spot of 195 degrees to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.  Simple things executed over and over…it leads to consistent results and can make you much more fulfilled.

With that in mind today’s coffee review will be with a country well known for consistency, Columbia. Today’s coffee review is Don Pablo Columbian Supremo Ground Coffee.

Coffee Maker

Bonavita 

Coffee Water Temperature

200 Degrees Fahrenheit / 94 Degree Celsius

Coffee Filter

Melitta No. 4

Coffee Roast

This is a medium-dark roast coffee

Coffee Aroma

The coffee aroma is nice and rich with a hint of smoke and some citrus

Coffee Body

The body of the coffee is mild and smooth.  It’s medium body so there’s a clean element associated with the mildness that I would expect from a medium body coffee.

Coffee Sweetness

The coffee has some sweetness but only slightly.

Coffee Acidity

The acidity level is medium low on this coffee.

Coffee Mouthfeel

The coffee has a light feeling in my mouth, not like the big bolder feelings I get with some of the heavier coffee.  It’s enjoyable and not too complex and exactly what I would expect from ground Columbian coffee.

Coffee Finish

The finish on the coffee is interesting because it’s a bit flat at first but then it seems to become much more rich after a few seconds.  The first time I took a sip, I thought it was burnt a bit and slightly tangy but that taste wore off immediately and it became a very pleasant finish.  The characteristics are those that describe classic Columbian Coffee.

Summary

Coffee, is like anything else in life.  When made with precision can lead to a very enjoyable experience.  If you just take a little extra time preparing your coffee you might just be surprised at the results, and if may even put you in a better mood with a giant smile on your face.  Here’s to and smiling for the rest of the day, enjoy your coffee!

CoffeeStrong.org Score

Cafe Don Pablo Columbian Supremo Score:  90 points / 100

Starbucks Coffee Sumatra Dark Roast Coffee Review – January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021

Daily Coffee Review

I have a problem.  It started about a year ago and it’s been getting worse lately.  Actually I need to rephrase…WE have a problem, that is, my beautiful wife and I.  She keeps breaking coffee cups.  There I said it. Yesterday she got out of the car and crash, I heard it off in the distance, and then some loud Romanian words that sounded like “Chowzu Voot Back Zit Mother******!”

Now normally I wouldn’t be concerned, but we are on something like #4 for the year and I like my coffee cups.  I like going into the cupboard each morning to see my little friends waiting for me.  “Baby, you gotta stop killing all my little friends!” I know it’s a good excuse to find more little friends. I could even make it into a gift idea for Valentines Day. “Here baby, I got you these beautiful coffee cups.” I’ve seen some of the best coffee cup designs on the internet.  I don’t know what to do, this has to stop, maybe we need a “sit down”

Enough about my problems and onto our best coffee review of all time.  I need a strong dark blend today to help my current separation anxiety issues as I try to type into Google Translate what sounded like Chowzu Voot Back Zit Mother******

So today, the coffee review for January 25, 2021 is Starbucks Coffee Sumatra Dark Roast

Coffee Maker

Bodum Chambord French Press

Coffee Water Temperature

200 Degrees Fahrenheit / 94 Degree Celsius

I use our AICOK Stainless Steel Kettle to boil the water in under 2 minutes

Coffee Filter

None

Coffee Roast

This is a dark roast coffee

Coffee Aroma

The coffee aroma is big on this bag of ground coffee. It has heavy earthy coffee, and dark aromas of smoky sod, mud and swamp (seriously it smells a little like a swamp, but in a good way).

Coffee Body

The body of the coffee is big, it’s bold, it’s like Wilt Chamberlain met Rosie O’Donnell in a dark alley and they decided to have a super child of height, weight and aggressive behavior.  There’s a big bad image here and it’s something you need to pay attention to whether you like it or not.

Coffee Sweetness

The coffee is a little sweet to me, just a little.  There is a little sweet spice to it, almost like the taste you would first get from a small amount of sriracha when it first hits your tongue.

Coffee Acidity

The acidity level is medium high on this coffee.

Coffee Mouthfeel

The coffee has a smooth feel with a slight hint of crispness.  I would have expected this to be a little more rich, but I’m getting more of some type of citrus or floral flavor at the very end, which surprises me, but it’s not a bad thing.

Coffee Finish

The finish on the coffee is long and big, you can taste the earth, you can taste a slight hint of that mineral component and the muddy swamp, but it’s very enjoyable and has a nice balanced taste on my palate.

Summary

If we continue at this rate I’ll be drinking coffee straight from the carafe by Christmas, She’s gotta get some help, or I’m gonna be yelling “Chowzu Voot Back Zit Mother******!”, very soon.

OK I’ve had this coffee in the past and it’s always been one that I’ve enjoyed more in the colder months because it’s so dark and bold.  I do know there are many people who enjoy blending this coffee with other Starbucks blends to give the more medium bodied coffee a little more kick.  It’s a solid coffee and it’s a great value which is what Starbucks is all about.  I can’t stress enough though that the French Press makes this a much more enjoyable experience, so if you have a press, take the opportunity to use it with this coffee.

CoffeeStrong.org Score

Starbucks Coffee Sumatra Dark Roast Score:  90 points / 100

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