Sunday, March 31, 2013

Don Pablo's Coffee Reivew

I was very lucky recently to get these 4 bags of coffee from a company called Don Pablo Coffee and I have to admit until now I did not even know that they existed. But, now that I know they are out there, we will definitely be keeping an eye out for you when it's time to re-order some coffee. One thing I can say for sure is that they don't believe in scrimping or sending just enough product to have one or two cups of coffee.
We were sent (4) 2 pound bags each and they are whole beans, not ground. I used to think why would anybody in their right mind want to buy coffee beans then have to grind them at home? Well, when I got to review a grinder last year and saw the difference, I will never go back to ground coffee again.
There is no comparison as the beans keep the coffee fresh and crisp and they only release those flavors when ground up. I only grind up enough for 4 or 5 cups at a time so I don't lose any flavors.
Here are the (4)flavors that we got to try:
**Pablo's Signature Blend Whole Bean (rich, complex, medium body)
**Pablo's Pride Guatemalan Whole Bean (full body, medium to dark roast)
**Pablo's Decaf Colombian Whole Bean (rich flavor, mild body)
**Subtle Earth Organic Coffee Whole Bean (medium dark roast)
I can tell you that Mike's favorite was the Signature Blend because he likes his coffee to be rich and complex and the medium body doesn't hurt either!
The Signature Blend is a mix of  Colombian, Brazil and Guatemala and that is what gives each cup of coffee their very own signature blend and the unique taste. Don Pablo's Gourmet Coffee's Signature Blend is sweetly intense, has a balanced aroma with milk chocolate along with cedar and ripe tomato notes. The acidity is sweet and well integrated and the body medium to full. The finish is cocoa-toned and very smooth. 
Mike was in heaven but then he ruined it by putting in Hazelnut Creamer!  I asked him what in the world are you doing? We need to taste the coffee, not drown it in a creamer that wipes out any flavor and he said that he could still tell the difference. So, in his mind, this is an awesome coffee and I hate to admit it, when I tasted his cup, it really was awesome! So, my conclusion on this one is that it can withstand anything thrown at it and still the original taste will come thru and you will recognize quality.
Of course, I chose to try the Decaf Colombian first as my stomach is still giving me some fits and alot of heartburn so I guess my increased meds haven't kicked in full gear yet or maybe it was those 2 sips of Mike's Signature Blend, but whatever it was, I could only drink about half of the cup and had to stop as I was getting heartburn bad. It's definitely not the coffee's fault because of my stomach so please don't misunderstand and think I am saying this is a bad coffee.
The half cup that I was able to drink with regular creamer was truly great. Even Mike took a few sips so he could give the opinion of someone not experiencing stomach issues and he declared it a winner. He says that when we get my stomach settled down that this new Decaf Colombian will be one of my favorites and he guaranteed it, so I am going with him on this one. He knows me better than anyone and knows what I like so for him to say that meant alot. It means I will have a great coffee I can drink once I get better. Yay!
I am so glad that they chose to include an organic coffee that is USDA graded to be Organic, so that should make those of you who will only drink or eat Organic foods and beverages, very happy! They thought enough along the lines of making sure that they had a good quality organic coffee for the organic lovers out there, so that should tell you that Don Pablo is constantly thinking of coffee's that will benefit every person, not just a few.
This one was a very light tasting coffee to me even though it says medium dark roast, I made it just like I make all of my cups of coffee and to me this one is milder than the decaf, so go figure! I only used regular creamer so I could tell the difference and was very surprised to taste how mild it really was.
I did copy this next little bit off of their site as it explains in detail what goes into making organic products:
The main harvest on the farm runs from November until February. The coffee is picked by hand when it is fully ripe, pulped on the same day, fermented and fully washed. The wet parchment coffee is then moved to the farm's extensive patios where it dries in the sun until it reaches the optimum humidity level.  
All of the waste water from the wet mill is treated at the farm's three oxidation lakes, in order to keep its water courses free from pollution.
We both enjoyed this one even though I could only take a few sips. Man, I think when I go back to Gastro doctor on Tuesday, we are gonna have to come up with some stronger heartburn meds or something because it seems to be getting worse than better. I am having alot of stomach pain with the heartburn and I feel like I am gonna bust at any moment. That can't be healthy.
Mike is thinking about taking this one to work for the guys to enjoy. We have some awesome coffee to drink now and with summer fast approaching, I would hate to hold onto this until the fall. I am not so much a coffee drinker in the summer, I would rather have a cup of hot tea. That seems to settle my stomach more than anything plus even with the tea, I don't drink much hot stuff in the summer. So, I told him to go ahead and maybe we can get some of the guys to liking Don Pablo's and they will get some more for their homes.
This will also make an awesome after dinner coffee served with a piece of cake or pie or whatever happens to be your family's favorite. It has a nice pleasant after taste that won't overcome the dessert but compliment it. You will truly love this one as it is so universal it is good no matter what you use it for!
I thought this was a cute little video that they put together about their coffee:
Here is a little bit of history I took off of their site:
The idea to produce a better cup of coffee through Café Don Pablo™ was conceived over two decades ago after traveling throughout Latin America and discovering how delicious, and different, the coffee was.  
Over the years we have developed a love for Latin American culture and a taste for great coffee. We have learned from the best and forged mutually beneficial relationships with farmers, roasters, importers, and especially our customers.  
At Café Don Pablo™ we feel that our coffee is the finest available. We use only the largest, most desirable Arabica beans, grown in nutrient-rich volcanic soil in the lush mountainous terrain of the world’s coffee growing regions.  
These are award-winning beans that were cultivated by skilled farmers whose methods, knowledge, and passion for coffee have been handed down from generation to generation since the very first seed was planted.
Connect with Don Pablo several ways:

Mailing Address:
Burke Brands LLC
521 NE 189th Street
Miami FL 33179
Phone: 1-877-4DONPABLO
Fax: 305-651-6018

Also, just so you know, if there is a Costco near you, this coffee can be found there in these nice big bags that should last you a good while depending on how much you drink coffee.  They will be at these Costco locations on these dates:

Durham, NC Costco 4/4-4/7
Raleigh, NC Costco 4/11-4/14

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


Celebrate Woman said...

My favorite is Signature Blend. Nothing beats it! I can drink it frequently and not have any ups or downs.
Very smooth and does not have any aftertaste.

MikiHope said...

I am a coffee drinker (also a tea drinker but mostly iced)--I really have to try this coffee!!

Susan said...

I would like to try the Signature Blend. A coffee that does not spike up or dip down would be great. I like how the take such care in their processing procedures.

Susan Spurrier

gigisusan at gmail dot com