Despite being a mild coffee snob, I decided it was time I save money on my daily cup of delightful caffeine goodness and found a brand of coffee known as “Eight O’Clock – Original Whole Bean.” Sold in large bags of whole bean coffee, my expectations were pretty low, because this brand was regularly priced at less than half the cost of Starbucks Coffee and sold mostly in discount grocery stores.
My Eight O’Clock coffee review is based on three things:
• Taste Quality
My tongue is not refined enough to pick out some of the faintest notes and in the morning I prefer to add sugar to my coffee that hides some cheaper coffee flaws. Yet in this case, my review is based on the idea that I can save money on coffee if I purchase a bargain brand that isn’t terrible. For this, Eight O’Clock faired shockingly well.
Eight O’Clock coffee uses real Arabica beans. Most discount coffee brands use tasteless, mass produced beans. Although the Arabica beans are low grade (which accounts for the discounted price), you can tell by the look and feel alone that these beans are higher quality than most other discount coffee, and although the low grade likely affects some of the more fainter notes, the overall flavor is still fairly strong.
The scent of the beans is fairly mild. After grinding, the coffee smelled more like roasted peanut than roasted coffee bean. But the smell was definitely pleasant, and not overpowering or burnt like many of the cheaper brands.
In the morning I prefer to avoid coffee that has a rough taste. Eight O’Clock whole bean coffee goes down quite smooth, and with added sugar or cream, I would argue that the flavor is comparable to many of Starbucks’ more expensive brands.
CoffeeReview.com considers the roast complex. I found it a little more balanced, with a slight nutty and chocolaty taste that, while not as strong as some of the more pricy coffees, was still a treat when compared to most cheap coffee brands.
The main idea behind being a coffee connoisseur is that you drink the coffee black in order to bring out its truest flavors. Yet in the morning, black coffee is the last thing I want. So I would strongly recommend Eight O’Clock Original Whole Bean coffee to anyone that adds sugar or cream, because that little addition removes any of the low grade aspects of the Arabica beans and makes Eight O’Clock a delicious and inexpensive coffee choice.