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 flavor 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