Eight O'Clock Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Montvale, New Jersey|
|Review Date:||January 2000|
Blind Assessment: Overwhelmingly musty. If you don 't understand musty, imagine the smell (or taste) of old shoes at the bottom of a damp closet. The mustiness is haloed with sweetness when the cup is hot, but as the coffee cools nothing remains except mustiness: flat and oppressive.
Notes: Overwhelmingly musty. The bag declares that the coffee inside is "100% arabica." Which means that, rather than cutting costs with the usual bland robustas, this remarkably inexpensive blend does it with, I suspect, the lowest grade Sumatras. Sold whole-bean in a foil valve bag
Who Should Drink It: Those who love musty Sumatras to the point of masochism or shoppers who are desperate for a really cheap whole bean coffee. I generally don 't care for musty coffees, but in deference to those who do, I have trained myself to accept and even enjoy mustiness in moderation. But the musty sensation in this coffee quite exceeds moderation.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2000 tasting report: Supermarket Coffees