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A good cup of coffee is one of my many weakness and I don't believe in having caffeine free with it whats the point. If I want caffeine free fir example on a night I will have a herbal tea. Caffeine free coffee is just plain wrong and coffee that's bean mucked around with.
Now Taylors of Harrogate is one of my favorite makers of coffee and as they own Bettys to It is easy for me to pop into t get some freshly ground coffee to have but failing that I will buy these packets from the supermarket.
Rich Italian nowadays does look a bit different from the picture shown.
The package is green and yellow with what I assume is the manufacturer trying to depict an Italian scene of Hills It tells you that it is a Dark roast, 4 (strength guide up to 5) It is a foil fresh bag to retain it's freshness for longer after purchase. But this packaging isn't recyclable.
Coffee Origin: Central America, South America
Coffee Type: Ground Coffee
Roast Colour: Rich Roast
Coffee Range: Signature Blends
Caffeine: This is a very strong blend with an average of 250mg of caffeine per 200ml cup
The taste test
I make the coffee in a cafetiere and use to scoops of coffee for a 8 cup cafetiere. To not let the coffee become "burnt" i allow the kettle once it has boiled to cool slightly for 2-3 minutes. As you put the coffee in the cafetiere you get the lovely dark aroma of the this coffee. I allow this to "Brew" for a few minutes and then plunge the coffee. I take this coffee with milk. The smell is that warm smell that reminds you of earth when it has been turned in the rain. The taste of this coffee is deep and velvety there is no bitterness which can often be the case with the more fuller strength coffee's instead you are left with a lingering taste, which reminds you of a proper coffee made in Italy from one of their posh coffee machines. You can feel the caffeine kick in and get the buzz of this coffee fairly quickly and I think for this reason it is a good wake you cup of coffee or to help you get over a hangover coffee.
I have seen this coffee for sale in Tescos Sainsburys and Waitrose as well as it been available on line form Taylors of Harrogate. The average price of this coffee is £2.65. I think this represents great value for a gusty cup of coffee.
Having been pleased with other Tailor's coffee, I thought that this would be a good coffee to try next. I bought it at Waitrose, and it was around £2.50 for a 227g pack I think, though I can't remember exactly. That is about an average price for a bag of coffee I think. It is labeled as a strength 4, and I would say that is about right, it is definitely a good bit stronger than their Cafe Imperial. I made some for my housemate, and he said he thought it was quite strong, though he rarely drinks any coffee and is perhaps not a good judge, though he did enjoy it. I didn't think it was greatly different in strength than many of the weaker strength 5 types, but I suppose it can vary depend on brewing times and amount used. The coffee has a good complex rich flavour, very satisfying, and not at all bitter. I think I would describe it as smooth, though their Cafe Imperial is smoother. When brewed a bit longer this coffee seemed to share some of the lightly astringent acidic notes that the Cafe Imperial had, which was pleasantly refreshing. I couldn't detect any bitter notes in this coffee, which is a good thing too. I thought it had a much rounder complete flavour than the Taylor's Lava Java coffee, and a nicer aroma. I have tried using it in the espresso machine but it didn't work particularly well, it certainly makes a terrific brew in the cafetiere though, and I imagine it would do similarly in a filter machine too. I wouldn't buy this if you were intending on making espressos. If you use a cafetiere or a similar way to make your coffee then I would recommend it fully, providing that you like your coffee strongish.
Yet another coffee in the Taylors of Harrogate range and this one is every bit as good as the Take It Easy variety except that it does have twice the caffeine in it.When I say that, I mean that is is regular strength, its just that the Take it Easy is only half the strength of this one. Does that seem clear? Described as rich Italian (well wouldn't we all like one of those? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink) it is rich, dark and full-bodied. Stick your nose in the bag and have a good sniff, but not too close or you'll end up with more up your nose than in your coffee machine and that just won't do you know. Anyway the smell is divine I tell you, simply divine so let's get brewing and I'll tell you about the taste. I'll get around to an opinion on my new coffee machine soon, honest I will. It does indeed make a perfect espresso (great for the morning after the night before I'd say) and of course it makes a great base for your cappuccino too. Of course you can make a good jug of filter coffee with it too. Again, the general guide is one dessertspoon of coffee per person, it's a good way to start off with, but not the law, you will find your own preference as you go along. It's a dark roast this one so you expect the flavour to be stronger and the description on the pack says it is bittersweet, but it is still smooth and easy to drink. I find that two mugs (sorry I don't do cups) is enough to satisfy my caffeine cravings for the day, and then I want a nice mug of tea whereas with the Take It Easy flavour I can drink it all day. Taylors have been around since 1886 and have a good reputation in the coffee world apparently. I found this quite funny to read, as I'd never heard of them until about a week ago!Showing my ignorance again there, but never mind that. Joking aside I've tried two of the blends that they make now and I've been very happy with both of them
so far. On the back of the pack they list the others in the range suitable for all occasions which are:- Café Imperial, a classic house blend. Decaffe,naturally decaffeinated. Dinner Party, rich, smooth after dinner coffee. Hot Java Lava,with a high caffeine kick. Lazy Sunday,a smooth coffee to linger over. I can't wait to try these out, but I may have to wait until I get a few more DooYoo miles in first, it's an expensive business this coffee lark once you get started, especially when you need lots and lots of chunky Kit Kats to go with it! Just adding the pack size here as Iforgot earlier.It's 227g,enjoy!
Rich Italian from Taylors of Harrogate is ideal for those who like their coffee luxuriously smooth, just as they do on the Mediterranean