Stirling Kenya Dark Roast Sweet & Bold Espresso Coffee
I've been drinking store bought coffee my entire life, usually the stores house brand. Then I upgraded to Kirkland 100% Arabica bean coffee, and have been enjoying that the past several months, its got better flavor, and is stronger then your usual house brand. But this time, I decided I was going to take a chance on the worlds famous Stirling coffee, and see what I thought of it. I love Stirling soaps, so I shouldn't be surprised if their coffee is equally good right?
Well, just as anything else on B&B, your all wonderful and beautiful enablers, and you got your ways to convince us to upgrade to artisan. So thats what I did, spent way too much for 32 ounces of earthy bean deliciousness. Since my expectations were well, not really expecting anything groundbreaking, you can imagine when this coffee threw me through a loop. The initial scent whiff off the bag is intoxicating. Now I see why they double bag it, otherwise people would be smelling it through the closed box, and would invite someone to steal my coffee out of the box in shipping.
Once opened, (a simple seal pull tab, revealing the ziplock enclosure) the full strength of the medium grounded coffee defies gravity, and the scent smacks me in the face. I said to myself, "well, were off to a good start here." I'm using the Hamilton Beach 49987 Single Serve Brewer, better known as, "The Scoop." I put enough grounds in my filter to make 14 ounces of coffee. I ordered this ground for my convenience, especially since my current grinder is on its last leg, and I noticed that the grind is grounded slightly finer then my Kirkland coffee.
I began the brewing process, oh my gosh, my house smells so good right now, I am not even kidding, what is this magic? The coffee grounds didn't seem to clog my filter up as bad as my Kirkland coffee BTW. Once finished brewing, I added some of my sweetener and French Vanilla creamer, and took a taste. I was like, wait, what the heck? Whats this? This don't taste like my usual coffee at all! Let me take more sips for science!
My taste buds are telling me that its a nutty flavor. I have never had a coffee that tasted like that before, not once! Its most certainly coffee, but its something more, its nutty, its sweet, its smooth, its oh my gosh delicious! The coffee bag says SWEET & BOLD ESPRESSO. Well you got that right! Plus I brewed it BOLD as well. I got this coffee good and strong, and its not sending me running out to the nearest airlock. When infact, this coffee is making me thirsty for more. But, this coffee costs a lot per 32-OZ bag, and so I need to ration it and not go crazy now lol. One of the things I like about it, is its not acidic like some coffee tends to be, so that means I don't get any acid reflux from it, despite its dark roast nature.
I've learned, a lot of that has to do with the roasting process, and its clear that Stirling knows what they are doing. And I also really appreciate the flavor of stronger darker roasts. I will most likely buy the Kenya coffee again, because I think its really quite amazing. Rod's wife Mandy is the one who primarily runs and operates the coffee portion of their business, its clear that my taste buds are safe in her hands. Of course, for any proper science, I am going to have to drink a whole lot more of this to be absolutely sure. But so far, I am freaking loving it! So, this means that Stirling Kenya Dark Roast coffee, is getting the SWCT stamp of approval! 5 out of 5 stars!