10/10/13

Product Review: Mayorga Cafe Cubano coffee



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.

3 comments:

  1. I'm with your wife, but your uncle really likes the Mayorga Sumatra.

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    1. I am a big fan of South East Asian Coffees so I will have to check it out

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  2. For a lot of offices, Coffee is the lifeblood. Treat your colleague to the perfect cup.

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