As promised in my last linky party, I’m sharing with you my month long experience of looking for a good, ground coffee.
I started out with The Flying Squirrel that sent me 7 sample packets of coffee. I don’t know whether it was a good idea or a bad one because oftentimes, a wide choice leaves you more confused than ever!
However, since I am always unsure of what I really like and what I really want, an option like this is actually the best for a person like me. I now know exactly how I like my coffee. At different times of day, I like different kinds of coffee.
For instance, early in the morning I like my coffee dark and strong to wake me up to seize the day.
In the middle of the morning or perhaps early in the afternoon when I don’t want tea, I like my coffee milky and sweet – made with the flavour of the South.
And late at night after a sumptuous dinner, I like a well rounded brew that is soft on the palate and doesn’t leave any bitter aftertaste.
Ordering and delivery
I ordered the coffee online on the 5th of November.It was a seamless transaction. I didn’t have to jump hoops to figure out the site. And I could easily access the pop ups that gave more details about each coffee,The coffee was delivered in three days in a no frills package that immediately won my approval. I hate excess packaging and frou-frou that needlessly add to the cost of the product.
The seven flavours sent to me were Parama – the flagship blend designed by the sought after coffee guru Sunalini Menon, Aromatique – 100% Single origin luxury Arabic beans, Sunkissed– Sundried pulp for buttery fruitiness , Sattva – 100% single origin Arabica, Deep Bliss – Tall dark and handsome, Cafe Chic – South Indian Chicory Blend and Clouds in my Coffee – Exotic and rare Monsooned Malabar
I had the option of opening each packet at one time and trying out the coffees at the same time . This made the most sense, but me being me , I preferred to try each coffee one at a time. This was largely to preserve the freshness of each packet.
So I started out with the exotic sounding Clouds in my coffee and it turned out to be the artisan Monsooned Malabar . For those who don’t know, this process was discovered purely by accident . The beans in the cargo vessel carrying them to Europe got wet in the monsoon rains imparting a different flavour when processed.
Taking a spoonful per person, I put two scoops into the filter chamber . I poured two cups of water into the water chamber and and waited expectantly as it percolated . Within minutes the house was smelling of coffee .
Now came the moment of truth .
Was it going to be as exquisite as it promised ?
The deep dark liquor promised to be strong and I sipped hesitantly. Had I put in too much coffee ? Perhaps I had because the next day when I adjusted the coffee to one spoon per cup, it was pretty much perfect.
Next in line
This pack lasted for 3 days and on Armistice Day I opened Parama which was the Flagship coffee of the Flying Squirrel. It was slightly less strong and had less body than the Clouds in my Coffee. It was a bit disappointing after the strong Monsooned Malabar.
The Parama was a bit of a let down considering it was the flagship product of the Flying Squirrel. It was also designed specially by the world famous coffee expert Sunalini Menon. I have no idea who she is but assume she is a big nose in the business.
But Hubby Dear said it was perfect after lunch and as long as he was happy I was happy!
But the unanimous decision was that this coffee is not going to percolate in my house .
The 50 g packets finish soon enough and we opened the next one in the sample pack. This was chosen randomly and when I opened the packet , I found the grounds a lighter brown – not the deep dark colour that one normally associated with a good coffee . As I let the coffee percolate I was wondering if the Aromatique would disappoint .
This was a pure case of what you see is not what you get. Despite the lighter coloured coffee powder , the actual liquor was dark and strong . It had a slightly lemony flavour at the end and more body than the Parama. It was also milder than the Monsooned Malabar and was enjoyable black . But with sugar and milk, it came close to the original South Indian brew .
Next up was Deep Bliss which is described as tall dark and handsome. In powder form it wasn’t ebony dark but as it brewed it did become a deep handsome. It was lighter to drink but had a lovely flavour and could very well become my next brew.
The essence of Coffee
SATTVA which is 100% organic Arabica has a strong taste and makes a good after dinner brew. It is equally good au lait too. I don’t know if this will be my brew of choice but could well be.
A different cuppa
As the days went by, Hubby Dear realised that he could fix his own cup of coffee. And one day he gave me a cup of the most gorgeous brew. It turned out to be a cup of Cafe Chic
It was the perfect kaapi I’d had in the longest time.
I soon found out why. it contained chicory so it wasn’t surprising that it tasted like the real South Indian blend .
Perfect for a morning break
Now all that’s left to try was Sunkissed that promised to be a truly artisan offering . It is pulp sundried for a buttery fruitiness in your cup.
This was the last sample . It was dark as a powder and dark as a brew. Light and tasty with a well rounded feel think it is good for a mid morning coffee break.
All in all, I enjoyed my tasting coffee with The Flying Squirrel. I hope you find this review useful . Let me assure you that this is NOT a sponsored post. I found this vendor purely by random .
Hubby Dear too got into the spirit of things and actually began to enjoy the game.
Alas, the coffees got over and I am now on to my next trial – Barista from the Indian Bean Co.