Jacobs Krönung—the middle-of-the-road grocery store blend

The other day, I had to get some coffee to brew in my hotel room. I only had my AeroPress with me, so it had to be a pre-ground blend. Jacobs products seemed to be available in every supermarket. Since I’d never had their coffees (!), I decided to get a pack of Krönung.

On the bag, there was virtually no information on the ingredients.

At first, I didn’t think much of this blend. It was… just coffee. After a couple of cups, however, I started to detect different nuances. The flavor profile was dominated by a nice nuttiness and accompanied by a pleasant bitterness. There was some acidity as well, but not much. Overall, the coffee was pretty well-rounded. It was on the dry side, but it had just enough natural sweetness to make it work in any situation.

Just as I expected, Jacobs Krönung was little more than a middle-of-the-road grocery store blend. But if you only need a pick-me-up in the morning, it does the trick reasonably well. I probably will not buy it again, but I’m happy I tried it!

Friedhats Colombia El Desvelado #1—my new favorite Colombian!

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Here’s another candidate for my list of Top 10 coffees.

Colombia El Desvelado #1 Filter Coffee from Friedhats Coffee Roasters, Amsterdam. The coffee comes in a fun plastic canister. On the label, the company encourages customers to keep the canister, and return it to them for recycling.

About the coffee itself, the company states this:

Notes: Candy sweetness, blueberry jam, plum.

Variety: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia

Coop: Cafe Occidente

No. of members: 1670

Region: Nariño

Altitude: 2200 masl

Process: Fully washed

Harvest: 2019

The roast appeared to be medium, around 3/5.

The aroma of the ground beans was mouthwatering: nougat, blueberry jam, and prunes.

On the label it said ”Filter coffee”. I figured that this would work well with the AeroPress. Oh boy, it did.

The mouthfeel was juicy and jammy.

Even if the body was medium-mild, the coffee was very flavorful. On the high end of the spectrum, there was the soft acidity of blueberry jam. The midrange was dominated by the prunes. In the finish, there was some molasses, and a tiny hint of the nutty sweetness of burley tobacco. After every cup, I was left craving for more. It was that good.

In Finland, you can get Friedhats coffees from Coffea, Jyväskylä. I highly recommend checking them out—both the Dutch roastery, and the Jyväskylä store, that is. They really know their stuff!

Pelican Rouge Rich Blend