‘For the Love of ‘Fee’ is one coffee-lover’s attempt to machete through the tangle of coffee beans and brews to find an awesome cup of coffee. Juan Valdez follows ME! 🙂
Welcome to my first coffee review! I am sure it will take me a bit to get the “coffee review format” just right, so bear with me.
- Irresistables brand Le Café Guatemala Premium Ground Coffee
- Bought on sale, August 16, at Metro, Main St, Stouffville, Ontario; $6.94 for a 340 g bag – 50 cents off (woohoo…).
- Percolated using a Cuisinart brand electric percolator, cold water from the fridge and basket paper filter inside the coffee ground reservoir to prevent grounds from getting into the brewed coffee.
- For the purpose of comparison, I also have a can of Maxwell House 100% pure ground Colombian coffee, an average-based all-around “for everyone” coffee that I will use to compare aroma, look and texture of the ground beans.
First of all, this coffee is under the Irresistables label, but “prepared for Metro Brands”, so essentially, Irresistables is a shell to disguise it as a store brand. Metro, for those who don’t live in Canada, is what A & P used to be. Sometimes I like to try the store brands because they’re cheap, and maybe they taste half decent. Metro took over A & P’s store brands when they were sold, so one name you might know is the “8 O’clock Coffee” brand.
The ground coffee is packaged in a foil-lined plastic bag. The bag’s cover has a stylized image of plants and a dragonfly in shades of yellow, brown and green. The package boasts the coffee as a medium roast, which is my preferred type of coffee. The older I get, and the more coffee I drink, the less interested I am in espresso-type coffee (too strong for me tummy). This means, I don’t normally go for Starbucks’ strong brew, or dark roasts.
I have little knowledge or experience on what tastes better with respect to coffee beans from around the world. The common coffee I am used to drinking is Colombian. Moving from a drip coffee maker to a percolator is where I have noticed a change of taste; I find percolated coffee to be more full-bodied in taste, but that’s just me. The difference between Colombian and Guatemalan beans, however? Meh, no idea.
Upon opening the package of Le Café Guatemala coffee, I am hit with an agreeable and recognizable smell of coffee with a light whiff of earth and wet wood.* The coffee beans being pre-ground meant that I didn’t have to grind them myself using my burr mill. For a medium roast, the grounds look pretty dark and appear more finely ground than the Maxwell House coffee I have in the cupboard.
How it smells and tastes compared to regular Colombian (Maxwell House):
The brewed Guatemalan coffee actually has a faint aroma of dark chocolate, but more of a common coffee shop flavour on your tastebuds. The dark colour of the grounds did not signify a dark roast; the finished brew isn’t particularly strong and I was initially fearful that calling this a medium roast was a misnomer. The difference between this and “regular” Colombian? In terms of flavour, honestly, they both smell and taste similar. Le Café Guatemalan did make a decent cup o’ fee, but I didn’t find it to be anything unique or celebratory really.
Worth the price?
Hmm. Because Le Café Guatemala Premium Ground Coffee is decent coffee, but because it tastes so similar to the run-of-the-mill coffee, it’s probably not something I would purposely choose to buy in the future. That said, 340 g bag of coffee for $6.95 vs a 311 g can of Maxwell House for $5? I say save your pennies. But, then again, your mileage may vary.
*Hey, I know I say “yeah it smells like coffee” and you’re probably thinking “duh”, but you’ll find out in future reviews that some coffees don’t smell a darn thing like coffee until you add hot water to them.