February 9, 2014 by Beans Ahoy
I will start by being straight to the point. Out of all the Gourmesso coffee’s I tasted this is the best, and no that is not because it is ‘Fair Trade’ (which I don’t consider important, see: https://beansahoy.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/ethical-coffee-what-is-it/). No, I like this coffee because of its more refined blend with a roast profile that better suits the bean.
The SFCC House Blend is from the San Francisco Coffee Company (SFCC) which, despite its name, is based in Germany and have quite a few outlets there. However, there is no doubt that they have got a good deal right with this coffee. First, there is little taste of the roast, instead letting the flavours of the bean come through and there is one flavour that dominates above all else and that is fruit. The aroma and taste of this coffee has a substantial amount of dark fruits, particularly figs, blueberries and blackberry’s. While the taste and aroma are a little two dimensional the aroma carries over well into the coffee with a short but pleasant after taste.
More than this I believe that the SFCC blend competes with a few of the Nespresso coffee’s. Is it single origin good? No, but it is a good daily drinker with a balanced palate that doesn’t over power you with bitterness or astringency. It was not great as a cappuccino but was completely drinkable, a trait common with Central American coffees. Although heavily blended, the focus on one region has kept the taste focused and consistent.
Dark fruits, figs, blackberries and blueberries. Quite sweet and smooth despite intensity of 7. Hint of spice and light wood, but rather pleasant. Short aftertaste but little bitterness. 5.8/10.0