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I am that person who does not function without some form of caffeine every day. I am your stereotypical non-morning person until I have at least two cups of coffee, and even then, things are a little iffy, unless I’ve had a third cup. So when I was offered a chance to review Faro Roasting House’s coffees, I jumped at the chance. More coffee for me to drink? Yes please!
I received two varieties, the Faro Forte, and the Mélange Italien.
I opted to review “plain” coffees, because for one, I generally don’t like flavored coffees. Which is not to say that I don’t enjoy the occasional flavoring IN my coffee–I just don’t like my coffee itself to be flavored. Jay is the opposite–He likes his coffee not to smell or taste like coffee, if at all possible. But I’m the one with the blog, so I picked what I wanted!
When I went to visit family shortly before Christmas, I also took at couple of each variety for my sister and brother-in-law. My sister worked as a barista for several years, and my brother-in-law is a chef, so I think it’s safe to assume they both know their coffee. I never did get my brother-in-law’s opinion of the coffees, but my sister said that it wasn’t the worst coffee she’d ever had, though she wouldn’t go out of her way to buy it. She is also a self-proclaimed coffee snob, so there’s that.
For me, part of the coffee experience is the smell. Brewing coffee has got to be one of the best smells there is, aside from freshly-baked bread, garlic cooking in butter and olive oil, and a newborn baby’s head. When brewing the Faro Forte, the first thing I noticed was the smell. That scent of a new beginning, hope in your coffee cup, the smell that smacks you in the face when it says “Good morning!” That’s part of my whole coffee ritual–Breathing in that nutty aroma while waiting to start my caffeine consumption for the day. And the Faro Forte provided that in spades. In fact, I finished off the box before I started on the review!
You’ll notice on the boxes that each has tasting notes listed–I’m going to be honest and admit, I do not know how to properly taste coffee. I know bad coffee when I have it–I think that goes without saying that just about everyone who drinks coffee can tell a truly bad cup from a good one. But as far as tasting notes, and what flavors are evident? I’m really not that much help there. I can say that in addition to smelling AMAZINGLY wonderful while brewing, the Faro Forte was also smoothly rich-tasting, with little acidity. I absolutely loved it.
I did manage to hang on to a couple of the Mélange Italien Blend cups, though that was because I wasn’t as impressed by this one. It didn’t have the same knock-your-socks-off scent as the Forte, and taste-wise, it was nothing special. It wasn’t bad, just not great. It was a decent cup of coffee, slightly more acidic than the Forte. I can’t really say much more about it than that, just because it wasn’t as impressive as the Forte. Jay didn’t seem to mind it, and I used it merely as a vehicle for my daily caffeine.
Faro Roasting House is actually based in Quebec, but you can find their coffee here in the States through JavaFly, if you’re interested in trying them yourself. The smallest size is 24 cups (which is what I received), though you can order larger quantities if you find a variety you really like.
Are you a coffee drinker? Do you have a favorite roast or blend?
DISCLOSURE: I was provided the above-referenced k-cups for review purposes. No other compensation has been provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and my sister’s.