I know. I know. I’ve said it myself that buying store-bought coffee is a big no no, but what happens when it’s Archer Farms Cup of Excellence or Limited Edition coffees? Does it make a difference?
Archer Farms has been selling these Cup of Excellence and Limited coffees for a while now, but it’s until recently that they’ve gotten my attention.
Sure, you still have to be careful that they haven’t been sitting on the shelf for the last 6 months, but if they are over 6 months from their “sell by” or “drink by” date could they still be decent? Let’s find out ….
I was shopping at Target when I just had to stumble down the coffee aisle and check out their selection.
I stumbled upon a Limited Direct Trade Peru San Ignacio. This coffee is said to be
Balanced with a sweet floral aroma, pear-like flavors with bananas and bittersweet cocoa.
Okay Archer Farms, you’ve sold me on this one.
When I opened the bag I was greeted with life. It smelt good, carrying a nice dried fruit/floral play. I’m sure this coffee wasn’t the freshest possible, but it had 8 months before the “drink by” date.
After brewing, I noticed the aroma carried a mild sweetness with floral, and dried fruit notes.
The taste was something I had to do a double, and triple take on. Okay, I basically slurped the coffee down because I was quite impressed.
The coffee starts of sweet with the right amount of acidity to balance the sweetness out. Next, I noticed some cocoa hints alongside a dried fruit note, and floral mix. As the coffee cooled more, I was starting to notice even a hint of banana.
The coffee lingers around with a deep sweetness that infuses into your tongue and doesn’t leave. The cocoa note seems to get stronger in the after taste.
Overall, I am more than satisfied. If I was about to run out of coffee you can bet that I’ll be picking up some coffee from Target. I can’t say that everyone will feel the same way, but I think if you make sure the coffee has at least 6 months before the “drink by” date then you should be safe.
At $8.49 for 10oz this sure was a coffee worth the price.
I’m giving this a 4 out of 5 cups.