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The beans are large and dark with a satin sheen provided by a moderate amount of oil. The beans have a ‘roast’, but not burnt, aroma. Lacking is a real coffee aroma. First sip of the brewed coffee is bitter. The coffee remains bitter throughout the cup with the usual lessening due to the coffee cooling and the mouth adjusting to the bitterness. The bitterness overwhelms any other characteristics of the coffee. This is not a cup of coffee I look forward to having tomorrow. Comparing to my review of another Trader Joe’s Sumatra coffee from 2015, this appears to be a very similar coffee. A very coarse (chunky) grind and strictly controlling the brew time helps eliminate some of the bitterness producing a better, but still bitter, cup of coffee. Nice can design.
There’s a weak sweet aroma on the cork with a hint of vinegar. Overall, it’s a pleasant start. For a red, the color is also on the weak side – a medium red transparent color with hints of pink. Maintaining the trend, a weak wine aroma comes from the glass once poured. The wine has a light to medium dryness in the mouth. There are no bad tastes or other bad characteristics. The wine holds up well in the refrigerator for days two and three. In fact it may improve slightly. Other reviewers average this wine at about 3.5 out of 5. It’s a little better than that in my mind.