Gevalia Coffee Special Reserve Costa Rica Coffee Review – January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020

Daily Coffee Review

When you see a sign that says HALF OFF, what is the first thing that clicks in your mind?  I’m usually a little skeptical at first, because I’m just that way, so I always ask myself, “Why would this be half off?”  A really funny guy I used to know 30 years ago who sold men’s Giorgio Armani suits once told me, “Look there’s 3 basic rules you need to follow in life:

First, where ever you are in the world, when you are in a bar, you never drink beer unless it’s directly out of the bottle.

Second, never go to a doctor who gives discounts on surgery.

Third, if the garbage dumpster behind the supermarket you shop at smells like rotten food all the time, don’t buy anything on sale from that place, ever, because you can get it out back for free.”  He was a value guy.  I like a value, so when I see it, I try to validate it really a value, then execute a plan to take advantage.

Gevalia Coffee was a pioneer 35 years ago when they started their coffee subscription model and sold premium coffee direct.  Their coffee has always been pretty consistent in quality but in the last decade they’ve been competing with the Starbucks coffee monster and all the local super premium roasters. They have a Special Reserve coffee brand that I’ve never tried, and today I found it on sale for 50% off in my local supermarket so I thought I’d give it a try

The coffee review for January 22, 2020 is Gevalia Kaffe Special Reserve Costa Rica

Coffee Maker

Bodum Chambord French Press

Coffee Water Temperature

201 Degrees Fahrenheit / 94 Degree Celsius

I used our AICOK Stainless Steel Kettle to boil the water in under a minute

Coffee Filter

None

Coffee Roast

Gevalia Reserve Costa Rica Coffee is a medium- dark roast coffee sourced from 100% Arabica single origin coffee beans from Costa Rica, Latin America. The coffee roast is perfectly suited for those who like a medium roast coffee.  Gevalia recommends the best results are using a French Press for this coffee, but it’s perfectly okay to brew a pot using a drip coffee maker.

Coffee Aroma

The coffee aroma is slightly heavy with hints of dark chocolate.  The Gevalia website says this has more of a toffee aroma, but I’m not getting any toffee on the nose. There is also a faint hint of some sweetness as well.

Coffee Body

The coffee is medium bodied with a nice richness and solid overall finish. I love the richness of the body but it’s medium body so it’s nothing over the top.  I can detect a slight hint of a floral flavor for a minute when I first taste it, then it gets a tiny bit smoky. Gevalia says this is on the market side of a medium roast but personally I think it’s a perfect medium roast

Coffee Sweetness

The coffee sweetness is nonexistent. There’s no chocolate taste in this coffee.

Coffee Acidity

The coffee acidity is medium similar to what you would expect from a medium roast coffee. I especially enjoy the fact the acidity isn’t big as it doesn’t make me salivate 30 seconds after I swallow.

Coffee Mouthfeel

The coffee mouthfeel is silky and smooth. I can detect a slight hint of some kind of floral component in the the nose tricked me into thinking this was a bolder coffee, but it is more medium roast on the mouth . As the coffee cools a bit the rich coffee flavor faded and the finish was a little less pronounced.

Coffee Finish

The coffee finish is clean and balanced, no sour flavors. It’s got a nice finish for a coffee of this price.

Summary

Gevalia Coffee, has been known for it’s consistency and quality for many years.  I’m a big fan of Costa Rican coffee and this one from Gevalia for the money is definitely worth a try. Honestly, when I saw the   price I was thinking this coffee might not hold up to others I’ve had in the past but that’s not the case here.  It’s an incredible value, and if you save enough drinking it, you might just be about to be walking around the town in the latest Armani fashion.  Happy Friday!

CoffeeStrong.org Score

Gevalia Special Reserve Costa Rica Score:  90 points / 100

Folgers Noir Rich Satin Coffee Review – January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

Daily Coffee Review

So we were shopping last night. Actually let me rephrase that; she was shopping, and I was pushing the sticky handle of the shopping cart around the store looking for interesting coffee to try as I contemplated how long it would be before I hand a full blown case of Corona Virus. Do they serve coffee in the quarantined area of the ICU unit?  Needless to say, stock up on Purell now baby! ( I buy it by the case).

So, the variety of coffee at the local supermarkets in my area is pretty standard.  There are a few expensive coffees, many more midrange coffee brands, and then there are the standard classic coffee brands that go back all the way to the time of the black and white TV and phones with cords. I call these the old school coffee brands. You know the one’s that used to be made in percolators and the best Mr. Coffee makers back in the 1970’s.

As a tribune to these old school masters of coffee beans, I have decided that this morning I will be taking a walk down the memory lane of coffee and reviewing coffee from one the largest coffee companies in North America, Folgers Coffee.  Yes, you heard it right, you remember the jingle, it just played in your head like the theme to I Love Lucy.  “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup”. So strap yourself in for the best coffee review about Folgers coffee that you’ve ever read.

The coffee review for January 23, 2020 is Folgers Noir Rich Satin

Coffee Maker

Technivorm Moccamaster

Coffee Water Temperature

201 Degrees Fahrenheit / 94 Degree Celsius

Coffee Filter

Melitta No. 4 Coffee Filter

Coffee Roast

Folgers Noir Rich Satin is a dark roast coffee sourced from beans from Latin America. The coffee roast is heavy, smooth and balanced here that provides a level of richness and deep flavor and makes this coffee very enjoyable.

Coffee Aroma

The coffee aroma is a little heavy with a little chocolate and some cocoa.  The Folgers Coffee page says this is a rich smooth coffee but doesn’t discuss the aroma characteristics too much. The coffee aroma isn’t very deep on this coffee and it’s what I expected.

Coffee Body

The coffee is full bodied but compared to some more expensive brands it’s not a big full bodied coffee. If you enjoy a more full, stronger coffee you might need to compensate by using a little more volume when making the coffee.

Coffee Sweetness

The coffee sweetness is subtle, I can hardly taste a slight bittersweet chocolate taste but it’s very slight to me.

Coffee Acidity

The coffee acidity is medium and not too high for a dark roast. I like the fact it’s not high in acid, which makes it taste like a coffee that might be a little more expensive.

Coffee Mouthfeel

The coffee mouthfeel is slightly rich and smooth but definitely not heavy.

Coffee Finish

The coffee finish is clean and balanced. The finish might leave some disappointed if they are expecting a longer duration on the palate.

Summary

Folgers Coffee has a long history in the United States going back to the 1800’s, they are old school in terms of coffee.  The Folgers Noir Rich Satin isn’t the traditional standard Folgers coffee but it’s interesting and is still a good choice if you are looking for the consistency of the Folgers brand with a little more depth and richness and coffee flavor.  Is this coffee going to shock and awe you when you drink it?  The answer is probably no, however it is still a coffee worth considering if you are interested in getting a great value.  Like the timeless simplicity of I Love Lucy, this coffee brand will continue to remain a coffee legacy.

CoffeeStrong.org Score

Folgers Noir Rich Satin Coffee Score:  87 points / 100

Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo Review – January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020

Daily Coffee Review

Sometimes you just need to mix it up a bit in your coffee life.  You can’t fall into a coffee rut, its dangerous, really bad things can happen.  I fell into a coffee rut once and it almost killed my coffee spirit. I started wearing one of these shirts around the house and making funny noises.  I was in a bad place and I had to break free.  How could I break out though?

Thank goodness for the peeps over at Peet’s Coffee. You see these clever dudes and dudettes realized this could happen from time to time and there had to be some kind of tool to help break out of the rut.  Ladies and gentlemen, that tool is the absolutely amazing Find Your Taste tool.  You simply click, tap, etc. on a couple of your favorite flavors, answer a few questions, and wiz, bang, poof, the coffee genie gives you the best Peet’s Coffee from your favorite flavors profile.  The artificial intelligence engine inside the supercomputer at Peet’s Coffee gives you the cure to get out of your coffee rut almost instantly. This is cutting edge coffee technology folks and I used it the other day to break out of my rut.

So, what did Peet’s Coffee Find Your Taste tool compute? What did all those 1’s and 0’s floating inside the cyber abyss of silicon discover?  The coffee review for January 22, 2020 is Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo Medium Roast

Coffee Maker

Bodum Chambord French Press

Coffee Water Temperature

201 Degrees Fahrenheit / 94 Degree Celsius

I used our AICOK Stainless Steel Kettle to boil the water in under a minute

Coffee Filter

None

Coffee Roast

Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo is a medium- dark roast coffee sourced from beans from Latin America. The coffee roast is bit heavy for a medium roast but there’s a balance here that compensates for the heavy flavor and makes this coffee very enjoyable.

Coffee Aroma

The coffee aroma is slightly heavy with hints of dark chocolate.  Peet’s Coffee page says this has more of a toffee aroma, but I’m not getting any toffee on the nose. There is also a faint hint of some sweetness as well.

Coffee Body

The coffee is medium bodied and a very solid overall taste. There is some subtle richness to the body but nothing over the top.  It’s a pretty standard medium body effort and solid in terms of taste.

Coffee Sweetness

The coffee sweetness is subtle and I almost get a slight taste of bittersweet chocolate but the balance is such that it’s not too much bittersweet coffee flavor.

Coffee Acidity

The coffee acidity is medium to medium high similar to what you would expect from a medium roast coffee.

Coffee Mouthfeel

The coffee mouthfeel is slightly rich but not heavy, the nose tricked me into thinking this was a bolder coffee, but it is more medium roast on the mouth . As the coffee cools a bit the rich coffee flavor faded and the finish was a little more flat,  as I would expect from most coffee.

Coffee Finish

The coffee finish is clean and balanced and a little refined. It’s a good but not incredible (but I wasn’t expecting incredible).

Summary

Peet’s Coffee is known for it’s freshness and this coffee certainly didn’t disappoint in that regard. I need a savior to break me free of my rut and with the help of Peet’s Find Your Taste Tool and Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo I think this just may have been the answer to all my problems. This coffee is a great everyday go to option, and based on reading several coffee reviews online, I’ve read about many people using this coffee to blend with Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend to create a unique coffee.  Either way, grab your favorite Biscotti and pour a cup and enjoy!

CoffeeStrong.org Score

Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo Score:  90 points / 100

Starbucks Morning Joe Coffee Review – January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020

Daily Coffee Review

Saturday, yeah, it’s here, finally.  You know, the day you wait for all week to enjoy catching up on all the things you didn’t have time to do, or didn’t want to do, during the week. The weather is still a little chilly, but enjoyable and it’s been a busy few days, so I decided today’s coffee review would focus on a long time favorite and very popular blend from the coffee monster, Starbucks Coffee.  Today I will be making Starbucks Morning Joe Gold Coast.

I have decided to opt out of drip coffee for a press instead, but I don’t have the coffee beans so I’m going to use the ground coffee straight from the bag.  “Yeah, I know, standard ground coffee in a french press, you are a complete fool bro!”, said the little man in my head, but I don’t have the beans, and I’m craving a press this morning, so I’m gonna wing it and just go for it.  Okay, ready?  Let’s let her rip!  Here…..we….go!

Coffee Maker

Bodum Chambord French Press

Coffee Water Temperature

202 Degrees Fahrenheit / 94 Degree Celsius

I used our AICOK Stainless Steel Kettle to boil the water in under a minute (P.S. I LOVE this for boiling water, thanks Jane!)

Coffee Filter

None

Coffee Roast

Starbucks Morning Joe is a dark roast coffee sourced primarily from 100% arabica beans from Indonesia with some beans from Latin America added to the blend. The coffee roast is considered to be similar to an Italian roast, which brings out the more heavy flavor.

Coffee Aroma

The coffee aroma is heavy with hints of stout and cocoa.  I get a slight hint of sweetness but its barely there.  This is  ground coffee so I think I would get a little more sweetness on the nose if I had used a coffee grinder and fresh coffee beans.

Coffee Body

The coffee is full bodied and it certainly tastes best at that 190 degree Fahrenheit temperature.  The french press is also giving it an added kick and level of complexity.  I’ve had this ground coffee many times before in our Bonavita and it’s delicious, but coming from a press makes me appreciate this coffee even more. I love the balance of this coffee, that’s probably the best thing about it, it’s very clean tasting and embraces all the classic characteristics of an Italian roast at a more expensive price point.

Coffee Sweetness

The coffee sweetness is subtle.  I sense a little bittersweet chocolate and maybe a tiny bit of milk chocolate. It’s got a great flavor profile, the coffee roaster earned his paycheck with this blend and roast.

Coffee Acidity

The coffee acidity is medium to medium high similar to what you would expect from an Italian roast coffee.

Coffee Mouthfeel

The coffee mouthfeel is slightly rich, again the French Press is giving it a little more mojo than a traditional drip coffee maker. As the coffee cools a bit the richness is fading as I would expect from any coffee.

Coffee Finish

The coffee finish is clean, balanced and refined. Most of the darker coffee roasts usually give me a heavier feeling on the finish, this coffee does not have a heavy finish to me.

Summary

Starbucks used to call this the Gold Coast Blend, but changed the name for marketing purposes some years ago. Regardless of what you call it, it’s a solid everyday coffee for anyone that likes a darker roast, but doesn’t want the heaviness of a Sumatra or Sulawesi blend. The coffee offers a great value for the money which is probably why it’s so popular.  I do think buying this coffee ground doesn’t do it justice. You will be more satisfied if you buy the coffee beans and use a coffee grinder and french press, since the fresh ground coffee and french press crank the taste and experience up another notch or two.

CoffeeStrong.org Score

Starbucks Morning Joe:  90 points / 100

25 + Health Benefits Of Coffee That Impact Your Life Part 2

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Weight Loss

  • Caffeine reduces hunger pangs
  • Inhibits cravings
  • Promotes fat burning
  • Suppresses the appetite – drinking coffee helps curb you appetite and keep you feeling more satisfied while eating less food, before meals is a good time for a cup of coffee to get the most benefits from its appetite suppressing affect.
  • Increases metabolism – Caffeine in coffee can increase metabolic rate in lean persons by as much as 29% and in the obese by as much as 10%, even when at rest
  • Caffeine raises alertness, combats sleepiness, and makes the body produce more adrenaline improving workouts and motivation to exercise

Enhances Workouts

  • Improves performance
  • Boosts fatty acids within the blood stream, allowing muscle to absorb and burn fats for fuel which saves carb reserves for burning later in the workout
  • Muscle Repair
  • Drinking a couple of cups of coffee can reduce muscle pain after a tough workout by 48%
  • Helps Fight Depression
  • Drinking at least 4 cups of coffee daily may reduce risk of depression by up to 20% and risk of suicide by 53%
  • Enhances Mood and Happiness
  • Elevates brain chemicals that promote a sense of well being
  • Reduces Stress
  • Just smelling coffee is enough to help lower stress levels
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Caffeine blocks brain receptors that cause inflammation
  • Coffee drinkers have fewer inflammatory molecules

Enhances Motor Function

  • Improves the efficiency of performing repetitive tasks that do not require technical processing
  • Prevents Cavities
  • Black coffee kills bacteria in plaque that forms on the teeth, resulting in tooth decay
  • Reduced Risk of Retinal Damage
  • Chlorogenic acid reduces risks of retinal damage caused by oxidative stress
  • Reduced Risk Of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Reduces inflammation that leads to MS
  • Pain Management
  • Caffeine acts as a pain suppressant and an anti-inflammatory, helping you to feel less pain and discomfort
  • Extends Your Life – Because coffee may reduce risks of so many diseases, it can extend your life
  • Research has found a strong correlation between consuming coffee and reduced risks of death from heart disease, respiratory disease, and other chronic conditions
  • One study reported that those who drank three to five cups of coffee daily reduced risks of premature death by 15% as compared to people who don’t drink coffee
  • One study found drinking coffee to lower risk of death for women by 26% and for men by 20%
  • One study found drinking coffee reduced the risk of death in people with type 2 diabetes by 30%

25 + Health Benefits Of Coffee That Impact Your Life – Part 1

Key Nutrients

  • Black coffee has zero calories
  • One cup of coffee contains
  • 2% RDA Vitamin B3
  • 11% RDA vitamin B12
  • 6% RDA vitamin B5
  • 3% RDA potassium and manganese
  • 7 milligrams of magnesium
  • 2 grams of fiber
  • Loaded With Key Antioxidants

Coffee has many more antioxidants than a serving of oranges, raspberries, grape juice, and even blueberries to reduce inflammation, and lowers the risk of disease and sickness related to inflammation in the body

  • Quinine
  • Cafestol
  • Plant Phenols
  • Trigonelline
  • Chlorogenic Acid
  • Melanoidins

Focus and Mental Concentration is more efficient and boosts cognitive function

The caffeine from coffee is absorbed into the bloodstream and is taken it up to the brain where it blocks Adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps increase dopamine levels that can boost mood, focus, and concentration.

  • Increases your attention span
  • Increases ability to reason with logic
  • Dramatically improves reaction time
  • Those who drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day have a 65% less chance of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia as they get older
  • Helps to Boost memory
  • Increases vigilance
  • Boosts Energy
  • Alleviates fatigue

Heart Health is a benefit

Loaded with phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory effects, that help to reduce risks for numerous heart related diseases and atherosclerotic blockages.

  • Improves blood sugar control to help control diabetes that causes higher risks for heart disease and strokes
  • Promotes oral health by slowing down the progression of and possibly reversing periodontal disease that has been linked to heart disease
  • Reduces risk of death after experiencing a heart attack
  • Can Fight Cancer
  • Contains cancer fighting agents
  • Chlorogenic Acid: An antioxidant and major phenol in coffee
  • Quinic Acid: A phytochemical in coffee that gives it its acidic taste
  • Cafestol: Only found in unfiltered coffee like French press or boiled coffee
  • Kahweol: Only found in unfiltered coffee like a French press or boiled coffee
  • Caffeine: Stimulates the central nervous system
  • N-Methylpyridinium (NMB): An antioxidant in coffee that is created through the roasting process
  • Riboflavin: Vitamin B2
  • Breast Cancer – Drinking at least two to three cups of coffee a day may help to reduce risks for developing breast cancer or possibly delay its onset
  • Oral Cancer is reduced by 39% when four or more cups of coffee are consumed a day
  • Brain Cancer – Both men and women may get a 40% reduction in certain forms of brain cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer – Researchers report the finding that coffee is associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, and the more coffee the subjects drank, the lower their risk became.
  • Liver Cancer – Scientists report a 41% reduction in liver cancer risk if you drink 1-3 cups of coffee a day
  • Skin Cancer – Coffee drinkers are less likely to develop melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer
  • Prostate Cancer – A 60% reduction in prostate cancer risk in men was found when consuming 6 cups of coffee a day
  • Uterine Cancer – Scientists have found coffee to be a protective factor for uterine cancer with the greatest benefits resulting from four cups a day, but even drinking two or three cups reduced risks by 7% as compared to women who drank no coffee at all
  • Reduced Risk of Stroke – There is evidence that coffee drinking can reduce the risk of stroke by 20%
  • Lower Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Studies have shown that coffee drinkers can reduce their risk of Type II diabetes by as much as 50%
  • Chlorogenic acid in coffee inhibits the absorption of glucose, evening out insulin levels
  • Reduced Risk of Parkinson’s Disease
  • Studies have shown that caffeine may lower risks of Parkinson’s by up to 60%
  • Protects Against Dementia
  • Studies have shown coffee to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 65%
  • Protects The Liver
  • Those who drink at least 4 cups of (black) coffee every day can protect their liver from cirrhosis, reducing the risk of liver disease by 80%

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