Eight O'Clock Coffee
100% Colombian Whole Bean
|Roaster Location:||Montvale, New Jersey|
|Review Date:||October 2008|
Blind Assessment: A classic morning cup. Delicate but lush, crisp yet voluptuous, with cherryish fruit and hints of chocolate and tart orange carrying from aroma through finish. Balanced and well-integrated acidity, medium weight but silky mouthfeel, clean, lingering finish with a slight walnut-like astringency in the long.
Notes: Recommended retail store price is $5.64 per 12-ounce valve bag, an equivalent of $7.52 per pound. Eight O'Clock coffee originated with the A&P supermarket chain in 1919, and is one of America's most long-lived and traditional coffee brands, offering whole-bean, all-Arabica coffee in retro-looking bags at prices that come close to competing with cheap, robusta-heavy canned blends. In 2005 Eight O'Clock was acquired by Tata Coffee, a well-managed, vertically integrated Indian coffee growing, exporting, roasting and retailing company. Visit
Who Should Drink It: As we tasted it, a traditional breakfast cup that both lives up to and transcends its venerable brand. Given the volume and anonymity of coffee needed to fill the Eight O'Clock 100% Colombian bags over the course of a year, some variation on the profile described here should be expected.
This review originally appeared in the October, 2008 tasting report: The Budget Aficionado: Top Value Single-Origin Coffees