Don Pablo Coffee

Recently, I saw that Costco was selling this huge can of Bourbon Infused Coffee. It’s coffee…. I had to try it. From the description, these beans are first soaked in bourbon and then roasted. Opening the container, it never occurred to me just how big 25 oz of beans actually is. I included pictures of the size comparisons between a 12 oz and 25 oz. Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a strong bourbon aroma with slight oak smell and some yogurt-like fermentation. I’m a bit surprised at the fermentation aromas since it doesn’t seem like these beans were aged in barrels. However, the aromas remind me of the other bourbon infused coffee beans from Pappy& Company that I bought earlier in the year. Those earlier beans were roasted first and then aged in bourbon barrels.

Making my latte, the strong bourbon aroma translates to a strong “bourbon-like” taste. I say this becuase it doesn’t taste quite like bourbon and also doesn’t taste quite like coffee. There’s an initial shock of oak flavors followed by the bourbon aromas ending with slight floral and fruity flavors. The aftertaste though definitely has that bourbon aftertaste. The initial soak and subsequent roast must have permanently altered the aromas and flavors of the coffee beans. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. But as a specialty “gimmick” coffee, I suppose it could be appreciated to some coffee drinkers. After making quite a few lattes, I’m not a huge fan of this kind of this kind of infusion.


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