This was posted on gravesendblend.com back on Friday, December 16, 2011.
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So many topics to cover but today we’re just going to cover something simple, gift coffee. We’re right in the middle of the Christmas shopping season. My friends and family know my feelings towards good java so quite often I receive a pound of interesting coffee as a gift. The only problem with this is when good-natured people think I would like flavored coffee.
Let me say this right off the bat, rarely do I like a flavored coffee. There have been times that, I have to admit, they taste good but often the flavored blends are below average. I will explain using four main problems.
#1. The flavor is a ghost! It says Pumpkin Spice but all I can taste is coffee. Did someone add a teaspoon of pumpkin oil to a pound of beans?
#2. If the flavor isn’t acting like a ghost then the flavor is “pasted” all over the beans. What is that stuff? Can’t I just add that stuff to the ground coffee in the filter? Why not just use a syrup to the already brewed coffee?
#3. The flavor is a bad paring with the coffee. Here are some flavors I’ve seen: Blueberry Cobbler, Vanilla Caramel, Butter Pecan, Apple Spice, Caramel Apple Nut, Apricot Creme, Butter Toffee, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Coconut Creme, S’Mores, Spiced Butter Rum, White Chocolate Strawberry. The list goes on and on and on. Is this a dessert of a coffee? And how do they get the flavors for some of this stuff? I don’t like to mess with a good thing and coffee, just by itself, it a real good thing.
#4. I don’t have confirmation on this but my guess is that the beans that are used for flavored coffee are of lower quality in general since they are expecting the flavors to mask any imperfections with the taste.
If you’re buying coffee for someone who already drinks Blueberry Cobbler coffee then you can probably assume that they’ll want to try the S’Mores blend. However, if they grind their own beans, own a press pot, and won’t drink coffee from a gas station, then they probably don’t like the flavored stuff.
I enjoy receiving gifts and I will usually try anything once so if you’re reading this don’t think that I would throw your flavored coffee out on the street. Everything deserves a chance.
Except for maybe that Apricot Creme…