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Please forgive me if this review reads like the incoherent ramblings of a person on speed, because I've just had a mug of Taylor's Lava Java and I'm completely wired on caffeine!
This is a high caffeine, ultra strong ground coffee for use with coffee machines and cafetieres. Its just one option from the Taylor's range, but its the strongest and the highest caffeine content, hence the name! You can tell that this is really strong stuff long before your first sip of it. As well as the dramatically designed bag (its changed since the Dooyoo image above, but is still pretty hardcore, mainly black with bright red 'lava' and flames') you can actually smell this coffee really strongly through the bag! If you put it in a cupboard, within a few days you'll get a whiff of coffee every time you open the cupboard door!
As for the taste, well its strong of course, but you can still vary the exact strength by using less or more in your coffee maker/cafetiere. Its not a particularly rich or 'sophisticated' tasting coffee, more one that hits you between the eyes, its plain and 'upfront' as it were. There are other coffees in Taylor's range that are smoother and richer tasting if you prefer, this is more like a drug than a drink!
Where this coffee beats the rest is in its caffeine content. Its absolutely brilliant for early morning starts, or if you need to stay up late, or if you're working on something that needs your concentration and you're drifting, then a cup of this will wake you right up and give you an energy boost. I take a flask of it with me when I work night shifts and its a lifesaver! Also, if you're a caffeine addict like me then this is almost like a drug, if you've gone too long without a brew and you're starting to feel withdrawal symptoms or if you've got a bit of a headache coming on, then this sorts you right out within about 5 minutes.
Its not a luxury coffee, but it gives you a good 'jolt' when you need it!
It's very rare that I drink 'real' coffee as I actually prefer the instant stuff, not just the convenience but I find the flavour and richness of certain instants suit me far better than packet coffee that you have to go to more effort than boiling the kettle for. When I do have the time (and inclination) to take the cafetiere out of the cupboard, however, I do have a favourite coffee that I'll always reach for - Taylors of Harrogate Hot Lava Java.
This is a ground coffee, impressively being a '6' strength (in a range of 6) which indicates that it's a strong and robust coffee and is supplied ground as an extra dark roast coffee. The bag is now more stylish than the one you can see above and in my opinion much more in keeping with the rest of the Taylors range, the bag is resealable but I recommend you decanting the coffee into a proper airtight container to preserve the flavour and freshness.
Hot Lava Java is suitable for all types of coffee machine, I use a non-powered cafetiere and find a rounded dessert spoon full of coffee grinds per cup is the perfect amount - don't forget that a cup is smaller than a mug so you need to add the correct amount of coffee 'per cup' as listed on the side of your cafetiere, for example a six cup cafetiere will need six spoons of coffee NOT three based on how many mugs you'll get out of it. If that makes sense. As soon as I add the hot (not boiling) water I can smell the strength of the coffee; it's incredibly rich and makes my mouth water as I wait for the coffee to brew, it's the kind of coffee aroma that wafts around the kitchen and in my opinion the perfect one to be coincidentally brewing as someone comes to view your home as it gives the air an upmarket and cosy sensation.
Once brewed the coffee is absolutely delicious, whenever I drink it I wonder why I don't have it more often as flavourwise it's certainly as good as my usual Kenco Really Rich (not all 'real' coffee is, in my opinion) but it also has the most amazing presence as a coffee that lifts my mood and never fails to make me feel more alert. Well, actually I know full well why I don't drink it more often and that is the simple fact that it gives me the jitters if I drink more than a single mugs worth - and as I tend to polish off the whole cafetiere of coffee when I make it, it's probably not the most healthy option for me! The taste is extremely rich, this is possibly the strongest coffee I've drunk in a home environment. It's not quite Espresso in flavour but not far off, with a rounded and very rich countenance which I never quite get used to and am always surprised by the sheer strength of this coffee.
Despite the strength of flavour, Hot Lava Java remains a reasonably smooth coffee. It's very easy to drink and doesn't have the bitterness I always imagine it to, considering how strong it is. I can drink this particular coffee any way it comes, although must admit to preferring it black as that's the way in which the best of the flavour comes through. I had a cafetiere's worth this morning in a bid to remove a nasty headache and drank it with cream and sugar, which actually spoiled the flavour quite a lot as the added sweetness seemed to go against the rich flavours within the coffee itself.
I highly recommend this coffee if you're looking for something with flavour and strength, maybe you have to be up and about very early in the morning - in which case this stuff is the coffee for you as it's excellent at waking me up and making me feel alert whatever time of day. In fact this is the one and only coffee that I don't dare to drink before bed, for the simple reason that even a single mug of it will lead to a sleepless night due to the fact that it makes my mind race and quite simply refuses to allow me to sleep once I've drunk some. Great in some circumstances, not so idea when I have to be up at 6.30am to get the kids sorted for school.
This is easily one of the strongest brands of coffee I have ever had. First thing this morning I was extremely tired after only getting 4 hours sleep, so I decided to whip out my new bag of hot lava java for a road test (instead of my usual cup of instant coffee). I prepared it in my cafetiere with 2 teaspoon fulls, stirred and let it sit for 15 minutes. The smell is very rich and musky and it instantly fills the room while it's brewing!
I poured myself a large mug with 2 sugars and a splash of milk. The taste is very rich but also very smooth. As soon as I brought this delicious brew to my lips I knew this was going to be a powerful hit, and boy ,I was not wrong. When I got halfway through the mug, my body was filled with energy and my mind became sharper than a sharks tooth. I would compare this more to a hit of speed than to a cup of coffee. So far, I am still feeling full of energy and my mind is still very sharp - this is nearly 6 hours after ingestion! This coffee is highly recommended and I will always have some in my cupboard to kickstart those rough days.
wow this is the best coffee i have ever tasted! i recently opned it for the first time ever and i put it into my perculator added hot water and let it brew. i poured it into a cup and added two spoonfulls of brown sugar. then i drank it. the flavour was immense and i could feel the blood rushing through my viens the taste was so great that i almost immediatly had a second cup. i drink it black and it gives a real caffiene kick that you can't deny i think that it is a must have coffee for anyone with a passion for good coffee and that it is not to be dismissed as a coffee that you won't like if you like your coffee weak as it really gives you that boost and has a flavour you can't forget. i think i'll have another cup!
I'm a lover of coffee and have been for many years going from different types of coffee ground, bean and instant. Someone suggested this coffee to me after hearing me complain about the lack of energy i had in the mornings and i thought why not seeing as i had run out. The first cup bang it hit me the taste, the smell and of course the caffeine kick, wow never have i tried anything like it before, as long as you get the water to coffee ratio right and leave it to brew for 10 mins (that's how long i did mine for) i also have my coffee black so this is the ultimate coffee around if you go for the slightly bitter, dark and intense coffee taste with a decent caffeine kick. My only problem with this coffee is that its not in a bean format, i like to grind my coffee up myself, but i guess that would compromise the whole thing. Overall the best coffee around with the best form of caffeine kick and taste.
I've been drinking quite a bit of coffee recently, and whenever I finish a bag off I like to try a different sort. I chose this one for a couple of reasons, the first being that I like strong tasting coffee with plenty of caffeine, the second being that I've enjoyed other coffees from Taylors in the past.
My first cup didn't impress me ever so much, it tasted significaantly less strong and not as rich as the Waitrose French Continental that I find is a good staple coffee to have in. But perhaps I hadn't got the water hot enough, or made a mistake with the length of time I brewed it, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt, and made some more a bit later, hoping that it would turn out better. The second pot did turn out better, I found that it is suited to a longer brew time, which is needed for all the flavour to come out. Other coffees don't normally need this long, and tend to go bitter, but this one seems to benefit. I left it in for about 6 minutes I think, using a normal measurement of coffee. After I'd got that right, the coffee was quite pleasant, the strength didn't seem to come in the aftertaste as it does in some coffees, but was prominently rich and quite drinkable with milk, though didn't taste too nice black to me. It wasn't as bitter as I was expecting it to be, and I can't fault it on that point, but it always has a bit of a burnt taste to it, though not enough to make it unpleasant.
I don't know if I'd buy this coffee again, it does have a lot of caffeine in it, which will be a put off for some people, though obviously not others. It isn't my favourite tasting coffee, but I've drunk worse, and this is something different, and perhaps worth trying if you must have your coffee strong, and to its credit, it is surprisingly smooth compared to other coffees that are a similar strength. If you aren't after a strong coffee, I can't see a reason to buy this, but if you are a fan of them then I won't discourage you from trying it.
I work in the IT industry, where this coffee tends to be the favorite, partly because of it's high caffeine content (trust me, when you're writing code late into the night, you NEED high caffeine), and partly just because it's got the word Java in the name. I'm fairly new to the coffee drinking world - being British I was the typical 'I refuse to face the world before a cup of tea' type. I'd tried the typical coffees you get when you visit your parents (Nescafé, Kenco and the like) and frankly wasn't impressed. The flavour was bland, the taste uninspiring. Then, arriving at work one day with a raging hangover, I was introduced to an instant coffee called Rocket Fuel. I was instantly a coffee addict, and that night I bought a proper coffee maker and some Hot Lava Java. Next morning, I had my first shot at it, and I was far from disappointed. Very strong, with an extreme caffeine kick, this stuff leaves mud at the bottom of the cup (I've now picked up the habit of stirring half way through to whip up the extra caffeine). The taste was enough to wake my mouth, but was surprisingly smooth, especially given the intense caffeine hit this stuff gives you. I arrived at work invigorated and ready for the day, and have been doing ever since. I would strongly recommend this coffee to anyone who needs a boost in the morning. However, DO NOT drink this in the evening, at least not if you plan to get any sleep. I had a cup at around 9pm, and I was still awake at 3am, not even ready for sleep yet. This is easily one of the best ground coffees I've tasted, and it certainly has the desired effect. Buy it. Buy it now.
I'll admit it now that I'm a bit of a coffee addict, moving from coffee icecream to instant in my youth, then going full blown filter now I'm older. I just love the earthiness, as well as the caffeine buzz, that you get from a nice coffee. With the Taylors Hot Java Lava, I expected a strong tasting, slightly bitter flavour, as with most other Javas I've tried. Boy, how right I was! After making it, the coffee oozes darkness, the smell is almost overwhelming. The beans seemed to have been packed with flavour to critical mass, and exploded it out into the mug. It smells extremely rich and strong, with tinges of caffeine, if anything, coming through. On tasting, you're hit with a sledgehammer of flavours, the lava bit of the name is justified as the coffee tastes like it came from a volcano. It tastes slightly burnt, with a rich and mildly bitter flavour. I cannot reiterate enough how strong it tastes, especially in regards to it's caffeine content. It's above red bull in this regard. After a cup-full, my head knew it had just had coffee, I felt energised for over an hour. I've left it ambivalent as to whether this caffeine content combined with it's strong flavour is a good idea or not. On a morning, when groggy eyed and needing to be woken up, it's an ideal coffee to have. The coffee will wake up your mouth, the caffeine will do the rest. For casual drinking, say after work, this caffeine and flavour may prove to be its' downfall. It's just a little too overpowering, with one cupful pushing you near to caffeine overload. My friend, who doesn't really drink caffeinated drinks, told me that she felt strange afterwards, and developed a headache. Overall then, great on a morning if you need a real waker-upper, or if you need to stay awake. Best suited for seasoned coffee drinkers who want to confront the darker side of coffee before returning to nicer tasting b
Hot Lava Java - rich chocolately Arabica from Java and Africa's finest caffeine-rich beans blended together to make a seriously powerful, great tasting coffee. Hot Lava Java is suitable for all coffee makers.