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What I'm Drinking (Sant'Eustachio)

March 14, 2012


This is the tenth post on the coffees I’m working my way through. We’re back on track! Up this time is Sant'Eustachio Coffee ordered from Meadows Market.



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I dig the can, it will definitely get repurposed. The tagline is: “No other coffees can compare to Sant'Eustachio's slow wood-roasting. The low temperatures in the wood machine coaxe unique flavors from the beans and the wood gives subtle notes of smoke, as well as a gentle sweetness to the cup.”




Espresso

The beans were prepared using a burr grinder and brewed via Mypressi Twist V2. It’s ok, I can get a bit of the smoke which seems more pronounced here than in other blends I’ve tried. It has a smooth mouthfeel, but it tends toward an unpleasant aftertaste. Overall, a bit underwhelming.




Drip Machine

The beans were prepared using a burr grinder and brewed via cheap single cup autodrip machine for someone who takes their coffee with a bit of creamer and sugar. Despite their usual dosage used (10g per cup), the coffee taste is very weak.




Aeropress (Mocha)


The beans were prepared using a burr grinder and brewed via Aeropress (with 2% milk/Ghirardelli White Chocolate Powder). Eh, this wasn’t a good combination. It tastes kinda like hot white chocolate with a bit of a coffee undertone and has a pretty bad aftertaste.




Conclusion

This is kind of a tough review because I know there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of fans of this coffee, and I’m probably in the minority here. So while your mileage may vary, I didn’t care for it that much. The thing is, I think it’s probably a really good blend when you can get it fresh (it’s still a lot better than grocery store coffee), but who knows how long it’s been in that can before it gets to you? This is a case where by the time it gets to you it’s gone from great to “ok”. If you do get it, I found that it does perform better as espresso and you can get better results by increasing your usual amount of beans per cup. Still, I’d recommend it only to satisfy your curiosity.






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