We had a lot of fun doing the Kinetic Koffee article, but the real purpose of our little get together was to review the product. Knowing that 'taste is in the mouth of the taster,' we felt that a staff of reviewers would be more fair, and representative of the wide spectrum of taste buds out there. What follows pretty much supports that feeling. Have fun, we did! And when you're done, order up some Kinetic Koffee for yourself!
The Coffee is Prepared....
We prepared the coffee using a Melitta Drip Brewing system and we did the tasting black with no sugar. Before the coffee was brewed the tasters examined and smelled the whole beans. The beans were ground to the collective satisfaction of all the testers who then sampled the aroma of the ground beans as well. The coffee was brewed and all the testers were poured small amounts of coffee about 1/4 cup for each tasting from the same brewing batch. When all the coffees were sampled we polled the tasters for their impressions.
We sampled three varieties:
Breakfast Buzz - a medium roast
French Konnection - a dark French Roast
Morning Mayhem - a dark Italian Roast
Without further ado...
Gary: 'Arrite Cor... give us your impression.
Cori: I liked the Italian (roast - Morning Mayhem) because it was dark and full bodied and strong, and that's what I like.
Gary: What'd you feel about the others?
Cori: The Breakfast Buzz was nice for like... spring - if you want a nice light cup of coffee... in the morning. The French was good, it was not to me as full bodied and dark nor did it have the bite that the Italian has. The French was very good, but I like the Italian (roast - Morning Mayhem) the best.
Gary: 'Arrite Chris, what do you think, what was your favorite,
Chris: By far... no questions asked... The French (Konnection) was the best. Nice strong coffee, but it also had a sweet taste, not at all bitter, delicious!
Gary: What did you think about the Breakfast Buzz, and the Morning Mayhem?
Chris: I wasn't a fan of the Morning Mayhem. I thought it was a little bitter. The Breakfast Buzz, I actually did like the taste... very light, It could be a good summer coffee.
Gary: OK. Jim?
Jim: I think I liked the French Connection the best. French Fries, French Vanilla, French Coffee! (laughs). What was the first one?
All: The Breakfast Buzz...
Jim: Yeah the Breakfast Buzz - Too light for me. The French was more balanced, and The Italian (roast - Morning Mayhem) was a little too bitter for my taste.
Dan: The Breakfast Buzz- the medium roast - was a little light it didn't have enough flavor for me and I usually like light coffees, but it wasn't quite there for me. The Morning Mayhem, which was the Italian (roast) was a kind of bitter. Rich flavor, but a little bitter for my taste. The French was really what I was gonna pick. I could drink it everyday. It's got rich nutty undertones and lacks bitterness so you can drink it without sugar. With the Italian (roast - Morning Mayhem) I think it would be perfect with a really sweet desert kind of thing. If you were gonna have a cheese cake you could serve it with that and it would be a perfect way to balance out the sweetness of the dessert.
Gary: 'Arrite then, my personal impressions, I would have to say that the Breakfast Buzz, the lightest coffee is absolutely perfect for a quick, you're on your way out of the house, ya gotta have some coffee, and throw it in a cup and, drink it, and you're gone! The Italian (roast - Morning Mayhem) , I absolutely agree is perfect with desert. I think that is exactly what it is, and it think that is may well be served as an Italian espresso, with a lemon twist and some sugar, I think it would be perfect. And ah, and the french ah it's just totally delicious! I liked all three very much. Very much. For different reasons, but Liked 'em all!