UCC Ueshima Coffee

The Blend Sumiyaki Coffee (Instant Coffee)

Location: Kobe, Japan

Origin: Not disclosed

Roast: NA

Est. Price: $16.98/45 grams (approx. 9 servings)

Review Date: September 2018

Agtron: NA/NA

Aroma: 7

Acidity/Structure: 6

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 6

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated at proportions of 5 grams of instant coffee powder mixed with 8.5 ounces (250 ml) of hot water. Richly roasty, smoky. Molasses, scorched hazelnut, scorched cedar, cocoa, anise in aroma and cup. Bittersweet and savory-edged in structure; the mouthfeel is light though pleasantly syrupy. The finish is smoky wood all the way, with a saving hint of cocoa.


This coffee tied for fifth-highest rating in a tasting of “instant” or soluble coffees for Coffee Review’s for September 2018 tasting report. The beans were roasted using a traditional Japanese charcoal-roasting technique called sumiyaki. Founded by Tadao Ueshima in 1933, Ueshima Coffee Company (UCC) is based in Kobe and Tokyo, Japan and offers a stunningly wide range of coffee products. Visit www.https://www.ucc.co.jp for more information.


The Bottom Line: An unapologetic darker roasted instant coffee in the smoky Japanese style.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2018 tasting report: The New (and Old) Instant Coffees: Convenience Aspires to Quality

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