Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kona Blend Coffee: Cascade Pride

This is another supermarket whole bean coffee that I ground at home and brewed in my French press. I like the French press because I think you get bolder and richer flavors over using auto drip. I know, a great many coffee purists use the pour over method of brewing and they would probably get a better flavor profile than I do, but I like the press. So lets see how this sample of Kona blend from Cascade Pride turned out.
Quick Details
  • Roasting Company: Cascade Pride
  • Description: Kona Blend, mild flavor & medium body, a smooth and sweet taste.
  • Roast: Light
  • Brewing method: French Press
  • Price: $9.00 - 1 pound
Kona Blend Cascade Pride
It's still morning and I have already had three cups of coffee and a diet Pepsi, but I still wanted more coffee.  I really need to review a cigar, but I chose this coffee review instead and Kona has always been one of my favorites.

I always check the aroma radiating from coffee while it is still in the bag and Kona blend gave off a nice mix of chocolate and coffee getting me excited to get going. As I poured beans into the grinder I could see a few oil spots on about half the beans. After the beans were ground the aromas changed a bit to a mix of coffee, chocolate and nuts. I poured the ground coffee into the press, added boiling water and sat down to wait for the coffee to brew.

Once the brew time was up I poured the first cup. The aroma from the cupped coffee was a mix of coffee and nuts with a light amount of chocolate added in. There was also a nice oil sheen floating at the top. Well, it was time for the taste test andI took the first sip of the Kona blend.

Like I said, Kona is one of my favorites, but I have never brewed any in a press before. The first sips I was semi rewarded interesting mix of flavors. Again the taste of nuts came through but to my surprise the prominent flavor was bitter sweet chocolate. The coffee was bitter, but sweet at the same time and it left behind a nice sweetness on my pallet. Other than the bitterness, this was a nice blend, it was crisp and light, but robust at the same time. With the second and third cups the strength increased as it always does since it has been in the press longer and the bitterness didn't really subside, but it fall more into the acceptable range.

Again, this supermarket coffee comes no where close in quality as most of the small batch coffee I have reviewed, but this Kona blend was OK. I give it a 3 out of 5 star rating.

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