I received a sample of Folger’s Vanilla Biscotti coffee to try and then review.
First, let me explain me and coffee. I really like coffee, but I’m not crazy about flavored coffee, preferring to add my flavor later, if I opt for anything beyond the usual cream and sugar.
I also prefer to use half & half these days, but will “make do” with good quality powdered creamer. I don’t like using plain milk, unless it’s heated and the coffee is very strong. I also don’t like weak coffee and find it undrinkable if it is weak.
Seriously, why do people want to drink coffee that looks like brownish water and tastes like the coffee grounds raced past the water?
So, with those things in mind, I also prefer to use Folger’s coffee these days. I have found, over the years, that different water and coffee makers will alter the taste of the coffee. I’ve changed brands and blends every time I have moved too. I also prefer darker, richer flavored coffees over the lighter flavored blends such as breakfast blend.
So, I added my usual amount of coffee to the filter, and brewed a batch of Vanilla Biscotti one evening. I wasn’t sure I’d like it.
To start with, the aroma began filling the room the instant the hot water landed on the grounds. It smelled GOOD! This didn’t mean much–over the years, many coffees that smelled wonderful lost on the actual tasting test. Still, I’d never had a great coffee that didn’t have great aroma, so we’re at least on the right track.
The aroma had me anxiously waiting for the coffee, but I did resist temptation to use the pause and pour feature, waiting until the entire pot had brewed. Finally, I added my sugar and cream to the cup, poured in the coffee, and stirred.
I sniffed, the aroma was dessert-like, laced with both a delicate vanilla and the proper intensity of rich coffee. I sipped, not anticipating all that much.
To use the texting version of my reaction, it was totally OMG.
I loved it. It was like having a dessert and coffee at the same time, without the plate and fork. I really, really liked it. In fact, I liked it more than any vanilla based flavor I had ever tried. It’s something you can serve to guests for extra WOW factor too–it’s sure to warm the conversation as the aroma drifts about your guests.
Okay, don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to toss my Folger’s regular coffee out. There’s a place and time for a dessert-like coffee, and first thing in the morning, I’d not be thrilled with it. But…for an after dinner coffee with a total luxury feeling?
Oh, yeah baby!
We all love dessert, especially good desserts. Unfortunately, we all are also watching our waists, which means not having them all that often. We aren’t offered a chance very often where we can have our cake…without that calorie warning. This was a great substitute that wasn’t going to send us into the gym for hours of exercise to make up for indulgence.
I’m not going to forget about dessert, but…this was a great substitute for the luxurious dessert, by having a cup of truly wonderfully flavored luxurious coffee. Better yet, we don’t have to have it shipped to us, and we can buy it at our local grocery store on a whim. It’s not expensive or exotic, but it is delicious.
If you enjoy desserts, like your coffee…you’ll undoubtedly love this as your after dinner coffee. Some may enjoy it as their morning coffee, even if it’s not my preferred time for it. (I’m not much on sweets and pastries first thing either.)
I think it would also be delicious as an iced coffee in the summer, something that is definitely on my list of things to try! I’ll just mix it with the cream & sugar, chill it, and enjoy it over ice as a summer afternoon treat.
This is Folger’s page featuring Vanilla Biscotti. I’m not aware of any coupons or online deals featuring this coffee at this time, but check your local newspaper for coupons–it’s a great coffee and well worth trying.