Crazy for caramel


I’m crazy about caramel but this drizzle doesn’t deliver.  Folgers Gourmet Caramel Drizzle freshly brewed has a lovely, somewhat mellow, delicious coffee flavor, but with only a hint of caramel, so if mild is what you prefer, this is the flavored-coffee for you.  I might have found it extremely delicious if I had thought it was regular coffee; the caramel flavor is that mild — I might have thought it was just a richly dimensional roast.

I am notorious for letting my cup of coffee cool while I do other things.  When I kept coming back to this particular perk, the more it cooled, I found the caramel became more pronounced.  This makes me think Caramel Drizzle might be better served iced.  I’ll try that another time.

Photo credit: Folgers website

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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in coffee


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McDonald’s Hazelnut

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You can buy McDonald’s Hazelnut at Wal-Mart, which I did.  I brewed a pot just as I normally would, the only variable changed is the ground beans.  My findings:  the flavor is moderately strong, mostly magnificent, but a little bit “reedy”, i.e. a tad more acidic than Seattle’s Best.  Because when I have Hazelnut at McDonald’s, I normally have it as Iced Coffee (and they add sugar and cream), I plan to test this brew that way next time.  For now, it will probably rank as my 3rd favorite for Hazelnut.  Seattle’s Best is still holding 1st place.

Also of interest: I noticed that when I brewed the Seattle’s Best Toasted Hazelnut, the aroma was more powerful than any of the others I’ve tried so far.  I’m sure that makes a difference in how I taste the taste, but I wonder why the aroma would be SO much stronger when the flavor (while drinking) was only somewhat stronger.

Once I finish my “research” and narrow down my favorites to 3, I might investigate more variables between them or within their pre-customer processes.  For now I would give McDonald’s a big thumbs up, but not really a Fave.

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Posted by on October 7, 2016 in coffee


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Seattle’s Best Hazelnut

seattles-best-toasted-hazelnutI’ve made this coffee three times now and it remains my favorite thus far.  Favorite hazelnut, favorite coffee period.  It tastes great whether brewed to be strong or weak, whether drunk hot or over ice.  I always drink my coffee black so I haven’t tried it with cream and/or sugar, so I can’t comment on how the flavor performs when those are added.  The flavor tastes gently, sweetly nutty like hazelnut should, and there’s a slightly coconut-like je-ne-sais-quoi that conveys the “toasted” aspect.  The best part is that this doesn’t taste like flavored coffee or qualified hazelnut; it tastes absolutely whole: one perfectly blended brew of Best Coffee.  Try it and you’ll find it’s not just Seattle’s Best; it will be yours too!

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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in coffee


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Check out Desafinado by Gal Costa

This is the best cafe music!  If I owned a little coffee shop, I would offer only the world’s best coffee drinks from all around the globe, served in white porcelain sitting on generously sized saucers with petite silver spoons and large sugar cubes.  The background music would be Basso Nova every Friday, French accordion music Thursday afternoons, and the best of Bach on Sunday…

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Posted by on September 18, 2016 in Uncategorized


Hello, kitty!

img_20160511_201618579.jpgFor those days when even a serious cup a Joe needs a light touch.

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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in coffee


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House Blend

Besides whatever else I keep in the pantry or in the freezer, I always keep three containers of coffee on the counter.  Two of them are Gevalia signature canisters: one black and one white.  The third container is a easy-access sealable tub made by Tupperware.  In the black Gevalia I keep stocked my favorite strong non-flavored ground coffee: Bustello Espresso.  In the white Gevalia I keep stocked a flavored ground coffee, currently hazelnut.  In the tub I have an ever-changing “house blend.”  The blend is usually made up of a flavored coffee and a non-flavored; my current experiment is with Bustello plus Folgers Hazelnut.

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Posted by on April 7, 2016 in coffee


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Hazy Hazelnut

I plan to compare several brands of flavored coffee (ground or whole-bean, not instant or powdered).  First constant is flavor. Brands and/or ground versus whole-bean are the variables. I use only my own well-water in all my brewing.  My purpose in making these comparisons is simply to determine what I like best!  I’m not compensated for any product I declare my favorite, and all materials used are purchased on my own “nickel.”

First flavorwp-1459378394579.jpg is hazelnut.  Today I brewed Folgers Hazelnut coffee at the general strength of coffee that I like: 1 coffee-scoop per 2 cups water (true cups, not mugs).  At this strength, the hazelnut flavor is not strong enough.  The hazelnut smell in the can is lovely, but the flavor doesn’t come through at this brew-strength.

Were I to brew it stronger to boost the hazelnut flavor, I’m afraid the caffeine would make me jittery.  For fair comparison purposes, I will continue to use this ratio (1 coffee-scoop per 2 cups water) until I find my favorite brand/flavor, and then I might tweak the strength.  At least that’s my initial plan.

By the way, I realize a more controlled approach to this “comparison” would be to brew 2 choices to compare at the same time.  However, I plan to actually drink all that I brew, so the initial stage is simply to rate each of my options.  Once I find 2 or more that I like very much, then I will make micro brews and compare them side-by-side.  At this point, Folgers doesn’t excite me enough to brew again.  For my own taste, Folgers Hazelnut gets a stand-alone rating of 5.5 out of 10.0; it’s good coffee, just not special or especially hazel-nutty!

By the way, I take my coffee black.

Next up: Maxwell House Hazelnut


Posted by on March 30, 2016 in coffee


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