Welcome back for another product review about coffee from your favorite coffee addict. I was browsing through our local fresh, organic, hippy, overpriced, Fair Trade store that we shop at trying to find a brew and one of them caught my wife's eye. Now for those of you who know here. She's a big tea drinker and absolutely hates the taste of coffee. Well all except the Turkish coffee we had a few weeks ago on one of our date nights... But, I was at a loss of what to try and I trust her eye for good products so I rolled with it. She picked out a dark roast by Mayorga called Cafe Cubano.
Interestingly enough, Mayorga was founded by a Guatemalan born, Nicaraguan raised, person who has their roasting facility in Rockville, Maryland where I used to work. I've always seen their coffees in the local Whole Foods or Moms but never thought to try them. They are Latin American grown beans which I seem to be buying a lot of lately but, the dark roast caught my eye. Mayorga focuses on Organic or Rainforest Alliance coffees so those of you who shop with a conscience should feel good about buying them.
Cafe Cubano is billed as a dark roast with hints of vanilla, sweet smokiness, and a peppery finish. The initial sniff test was good and you can tell there is that faint odor of smoke to the beans. The beans had a good dark quality to them, darker even then the La Colombe brew that I tried last week. Like my previous taste tests I made sure to brew at least three times in my French Press to get a good feel of the flavor. I've been using a mix of 16 oz of water to 5 scoops from my Bodum press while letting the beans sit for 5 minutes. There are definitely elements of the sweet smokiness balanced with a hint of vanilla. I did not get the peppery quality to it but then again I was not looking for it. It had a slight grit to it with a medium mouth feel. It wasn't quite as good as the the Phocea from La Colombe but it definitely was one of the better coffees I tried recently. I definitely have to temper exactly how much I drank because it was quite good.
Give it a try. I think you will like it too if you share my love for a dark roast. What do you think? Have you tried Mayorga's coffees before? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think. If you want to check out my other coffee reviews you can check out my Product Review section.