Cigarette butts and stale ashtray. That’s the smell that came out of the can. The message was clear, this is going to be different.
January 6, 2016
The coffee beans have a nice medium brown color. They seem a little oily for the claimed medium roast. Supremo translates to supreme, implying a “top” coffee. However when used for coffee beans, supremo actually refers to the size of the beans. Supremo beans are simply larger than the average coffee beans. Without resorting to micrometers and such, the beans in the can appeared average size.
The first cup confirmed that this would be a different tasting coffee. The stale ashtray smell turned into a stale ashtray taste. Yuck! This may be the first coffee that makes it into the landfill before brewing. The taste is also a long-lasting taste. The experience lingers much longer than necessary. This coffee may actually displace the ALDI coffee for last place in my list. But onward and upward first with more testing/tasting.
Even with a more diligent monitoring of brew time, day 2 produced similar bad tasting results as the first cup. There was still that lingering taste of stale ashtray.
Day 3 produced the same results, a bad cup of coffee. The saving grace was finding the coffee to be a good excuse for sleeping late in the morning. By getting out of bed later, one could always say, “Oops! Too late for a cup of coffee.”
The rest of the can was used up at the expense of my liver. A daily shot of Irish cream in the coffee almost saved the coffee. Almost, because the stale ashtray taste even overwhelmed the Irish cream. The final days used a combination of Irish cream and a big hit of whipped cream floating on the top of the coffee to see this experiment to an end.
Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, the term ashy or ashtray taste is used (by pros) to describe coffee. The reference says this is not especially a bad thing. I would differ with that conclusion. This was a bad thing.
The ashtray taste is usually associated with dark roasts, especially those which have been over roasted. However these beans appear to be a medium roast or medium-dark roast at best. So how did all that bad taste get in the can? Perhaps it jumped in the can when the factory burned down. Let’s hope so.
Other reviewers have found this coffee to be pretty decent. Perhaps the can I had, came from a bad batch? Or maybe the other reviewers were smokers? Regardless, I won’t be giving this one a second chance.