I am not a coffee connoisseur, but I nonetheless manage to be a little bit of a coffee snob. I like dark roasts, but not too dark. Flavorful, but not flavored. I do not like for my coffee to taste over-roasted (i.e. burnt) or stale. That said, I don’t roast my own, or even grind my own. I buy beans and grind them at the store. I tend toward Italian roasts, and usually drink Americanos (espresso mixed with hot water). I take my coffee black.
On the other hand, I’ve been known to enjoy a cup of weak diner coffee, sitting on the hot plate for far too long, with the flavor drowned in milk (and sometimes sugar).
I was a little apprehensive when Coffee Beanery sent me some coffees for review. I needn’t have been, however–while they will most likely never become my favorite coffees, they are better than many “gourmet” coffees I’ve tried. First, the negatives:
- The flavor is not particularly fresh, though it is not stale either.
- It was pre-ground.
- One of the bags was Hazelnut, which is only a negative if you, like me, hate hazelnut flavoring.
- The price is far more than I pay at Trader Joe’s.
- I did not enjoy the coffee black.
Now the positives:
- Once I added a little half and half, the Beanery Blend tasted like good diner coffee.
- The price is fantastic compared to most grocery and specialty stores.
- My sister, who doesn’t dislike flavored coffees, enjoyed the Hazelnut.
- You can buy the coffee pre-ground or whole bean, and if you get it ground you choose the coarseness.
- It was quite nice over ice.
As I said, this will likely not become my go-to coffee. However, I would not be offended if someone served me a cup!
Annika Barranti is a writer living in Los Angeles and blogging for the Savings.com personal finance blog as well as her personal blog, Through the Looking Glass. She and her husband are raising two children and trying to eat well on a tiny budget.