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Not to long after our first type of coffee arrived from the folks at Coffee Crazy (see our review here!) a second bag of coffee landed on our front step, this one the Coffee Crazy Fair Trade Whole Bean Espresso Roast. Like the first bag, this one arrived in the mail from Amazon.com and came in on a nice warm afternoon, which helped make the aroma pop when we opened the bag. Being excited to get some free coffee to review and needing a quick caffeine fix to help recover from a long day at work, we decided to make a quick cup.
The Coffee Crazy Espresso Roast is a medium dark roast coffee, not quite the full dark roast that we would expect with a normal espresso blend, but there is enough roast on the beans to still give a nice robust cup. The beans seemed a little dry, especially compared with the Colombian roast beans we had received, especially as a lot of the truly dark roasts end up having a nice sheen of oil on them that helps pack the ground beans for espresso. We started out making a cup of espresso with our espresso machine, and we had a little difficulty getting the grounds to fully pack down, but the cup of espresso we got out was very nice, rich with a pleasant bitterness with a finish of a nutty fruit and a nice amount of crema.
We love our espresso, but a lot of times we don’t want to break out the machine (especially in summer) and just want a good cup of iced coffee. One of the best ways we have found to make a delicious cup of iced coffee is to start out with a nice bold and slightly bitter coffee that can balance out the cream that we use to chill the coffee down. We brew the coffee using a french press, and found the Coffee Crazy Espresso Roast to be a solid bean to use in a french press. The resulting coffee had a nice rich flavor that stayed fresh tasting even when cool. We enjoyed our bag of the Coffee Crazy Espresso.
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