Lately, many of my international readers have been interested in what I have to say about cheaper coffees that are widely available in supermarkets. OK then, I’ll give you more grocery store coffee reviews!
Actually, just last week I had to find a basic coffee blend for our guests who prefer the familiar Scandinavian flavor profile to my Italian coffees. I decided to get this: Gran Dia from Arvid Nordquist, the big Swedish coffee company.
According to Nordquist, Gran Dia is 100% Arabica from Brazil, East Africa, Central America and Columbia. They also provide the following information (my translation):
Roast: medium dark 6/10
Acidity: citrusy 6/10
Spiciness: caramelly 4/10
Body: round 7/10
Fruitiness: rosehip 4/10
Nuttiness/chocolate: hazel nuts 6/10
I would say the description is pretty accurate. Gran Dia is acidic enough to satisfy the Finnish coffee drinker, but well-rounded and smooth enough to make it stand out from the Finnish competition. The body is medium full.
In my opinion, the main thing about this blend is the nuttiness. It is a rather bitter and dry nuttiness, however, and not the kind of sweet and round nuttiness you get in some other blends. There is a very small hint of caramel, but not enough to make the overall flavor particularly sweet. When I say the blend tastes bitter and dry, I don’t mean that it’s acrid or harsh in any way. I actually found the bitterness to be quite pleasant.
Honestly, I couldn’t detect the rosehip flavor at all, but there was a small amount of some kind of fruitiness in the background to balance out the dryness.
Obviously, this is not a gourmet coffee blend. It’s pretty simple and straightforward, but multifaceted enough to make it interesting. I think Nordquist is right in suggesting that it would be a good blend to have first thing in the morning, before your palate wakes up.
I don’t think Grand Dia will make it into my rotation, but it certainly is a good morning blend. In my opinion, it’s one of the better Scandinavian coffees you can find in your local supermarket.