Look, I may not be able to tell if a coffee blend is mostly Peruvian or Columbian beans, but knowing “good” coffee is sort of like being the ONE in the Matrix. No one can tell you it’s good coffee, you just know it when you have it (have I lost the post-millennials already?).
So when this arrived in the mail, I was excited.
And then when I opened it and found this, I was curious.
And then when I saw this…
Well, I’m glad it came with instructions because I had no idea what to do.
Being the astute reader that you are, you surely saw that there are a few different colors on the individual packages: yellow, blue, green, peach, and grey. These represent different blends and notes. One’s decaf, I don’t know. Okay, look, remember when I said I was a mediocre coffee connoisseur?
There are two flavors that stood out to my meh palate. The yellow one that has a soft orange aftertaste (why didn’t they make it orange-colored?), and then “blue”.
And I don’t mean “blue” as in the packet that’s blue. Blue sort of like a blue sports drink. You don’t tell your flamenco dance parter, “Can you get me a Mountain Glacier Gatorade?” When they ask what you want from the open bar, you just say, “A sports drink… the blue one.”
So, even though there are multiple blends, when I get a packet from my box in the morning, it’s either an orange one (if it’s yellow), or a blue one, (if it’s anything else). It’s not pretty, but it works.
That’s not to say that each coffee blend doesn’t have their own unique impressions; I could definitely tell that there was a difference between each one, but none stood out as much as the yellow (orange?) one, and I’m not fancy enough to put into words what makes each of the others distinct, and how the flavors complement each color.
The yellow/orange flavor is pleasant, and the orange taste kicks in after the initially earthy coffee, adding a fun factor to each sip. In fact, I noticed that each blend has a unique aftertaste, which is what really makes them fun to try out and keeps each gulp interesting.
These are just great cups of coffee for any occasion. It’s honestly better than the majority of store bought grounds. I hadn’t appreciated the bag aspect until I was late for an appointment, and realized I could just put a bag and some hot water in my thermos and take it with me. And then I went camping. Best campfire cup o’ joe I’ve had.
I like my coffee strong, so I squeezed the coffee bag to get the best juices out of it. Unlike my wimpy tea bags that burst as I wring every single dark drop from their emaciated pouch, the coffee bag not only bore my strength, but it begged me for more. If that’s not a quality product and attention to detail, I don’t know what is.
Will I drink Steeped everyday? I don’t think so, espresso is my favorite… wait…
So, I made espresso. I cut the bag open and poured it into Lil’Machine.
Is… is that crème? Color me impressed, it makes a killer espresso, to be honest.
I also drank it Steeped with milk, and that’s also great.
And since this is Cocktail.com, I made it boozy:
- ½ tablespoon white sugar, or as needed
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, or as needed
- 1 fluid ounce Irish cream liqueur (such as Baileys®)
- 1 fluid ounce hazelnut liqueur (such as Frangelico®)
- ¾ cup brewed coffee, or more to taste
- 1 tablespoon whipped cream, or to taste
Steps: Mix sugar and cinnamon together on a flat dish. Wet the rim of a mug and dunk into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Pour Irish cream and hazelnut liqueur into the mug. Add coffee. Top coffee with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.
But I don’t like cinnamon, or complicated recipes, so I just put scotch in it. I can’t tell you the exact measurements, as I didn’t really measure. I just eyeballed it, and when my eyes started watering, I stopped pouring the scotch.
Anyway, I really liked that, too. The coffee masked the harshness of the alcohol, and the scotch added new complexities to the coffee’s taste and aroma.
What really had me fall in love, though, was the overall quality and care of the brand. SteepedCoffee.com boasts ethical and environmental superiority that other coffees either don’t have, or aren’t transparent about.
Quite frankly, this brand has tapped into the future of business models. Coffee drinkers have become aware of the ugly past practices surrounding coffee bean farming and processing, and are now more vigilant with how their money is being lovingly spread across workers and working conditions.
SteepedCoffee.com uses methods that “far exceed Fair Trade minimums”, and that takes advantage of the growing global access to beans to ensure their product is ethically sourced, and freshly ground for shipment to your nearest carrier store or even your address.
But the best part of all? Steepedcoffee.com loves me!
That’s my two cents; thanks for reading.