Some months ago, I discovered Gevalia!
The yellow bag called out to me, in Target. Mostly because there was a red “sale” tab underneath it. Yellow & red amongst a sea of neutrals. It’s just impossible to overlook.
Anyway, I’d never had Gevalia coffee before. I don’t think. But, reading the bag’s description, I thought it sounded great to try. “Medium/Dark. Robust, incredibly smooth”.
Sure, I’ll take it!
I like Starbucks. Yes, their coffee is very strong. But, I enjoy a stronger coffee.
And when it’s (not bordering on burnt or burnt :(, but) brewed fresh & properly, it’s darn tasty!
I’m referring to a particular Starbucks blend.
Dark, rich, nutty, & very smooth.
I picked up a bag of it (also from Target) to try at home.
Gevalia House Blend. Starbucks Pike Place.
Both bags are medium blends.
But, which tastes better?
Note: I made each cup the same:
• 2 heaping spoonfuls of grounds, to 1 cup.
• Pour-over method.
• Cream (I daydream, often, of walking into a cafe and saying the words, “I’ll have small coffee. Black.” I actually did. Once. Saying the words felt amazing, but tasting the coffee…Bleh! Without hesitation, I headed for the “fixings” counter.).
For this taste test…what I’m looking for, is coffee that is on the darker side of medium, with a very low acidity…smooth finish. And a nice flavor.
So, let’s get to the results!
It was close, but I have to give the ribbon to…Starbucks.
Both Gevalia & Starbucks were smooth. But, Gevalia had Starbucks beat! “Incredibly smooth” indeed! It virtually had no bite, however, it was missing the body to back it up. The blend didn’t taste “medium/dark”, but rather light.
Still enjoyable though.
The store-bag Pike Place is very close to the brew, you’ll find in-store. It definitely tastes closer to the darker side of medium. Smooth, with great body & good flavor.
By the way, did you know that if you bring in the empty bag to a Starbucks location, you can get a free coffee?
What’s your favorite store-brand coffee?
Have you tried Gevalia House Blend? Starbucks Pike Place?