Barista - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
As a barista who also has a coffee-snob for a husband and a coffee-obsessed extended family, I can tell you that this is the best espresso we’ve found anywhere. The negative reviews puzzled me, till I started realizing that a common theme is “it’s weak.” Most likely, reviewers are not making their espresso correctly. This is a common issue. It has to be ground on a specific espresso grind level, which is fine. It cannot be tamped either too tightly (the water won’t permeate through) or too loosely (not enough grounds then, making the shot weak), but in-between. Fresh grind this, it does lose freshness if it’s not ground right before making in individual batches. It does have a somewhat fruity taste, but if done correctly, this espresso is amazing. My whole family (my brothers and myself all have our own manual espresso machines) love this stuff. Oh, one more note: if you’re trying to use this in a keurig, in a regular coffee pot, in a French press, or even in an automatic espresso maker (where you just press a button for your shot, as opposed to filling, tamping, and pulling the shot manually yourself), it will most likely come out badly. That’s because this is an espresso roast, specifically designed for espresso handling. If you don’t know how to do it right, I wouldn’t suggest using this. It’s a high-quality, very-flavorful bean with a good amount of fruitiness and acidity, which does taste bad if done wrong. I know— even having worked several years as a barista, I’ve prepped it wrong a few times while distracted at home (wrong grind, packed too tight or too loose, etc.). Best coffee tips I can give for any good cup of coffee: 1. learn about your machine and buy coffee that is meant for it. 2. Figure out how to make good espresso, from selection to grind to pulling the shot. YouTube has good videos. It’s a little more complex than people think; but also not as hard as it sounds: you just need to learn a few important points to make it good.