You take that first sip of coffee but it takes horrible and spit it out. You did everything right but ended up buying dishwater. We’ve all been there. There are lots of dud coffees ready to be bought. How are Taylors of Harrogate Rich Italian coffee beans any different? Find out here in my in depth review.
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Coffee: Taylors of Harrogate Rich Italian coffee beans.
Tasting notes: nuts and dark chocolate.
- Smooth and velvety.
- Little bitterness.
- Tastes great with milk.
- Not the strongest flavour.
- Average when drunk without milk.
Taylors of Harrogate have many different types of coffees within their range from coffee bags to ground coffee. In many respects, this drink is very similar to the coffee bag version that shares the same name as the coffee beans I am reviewing today.
Some of the flaws in that drink are largely the same with this coffee. However, upgrading to coffee beans also makes in better in other respects.
Drinking the Rich Italian without milk.
Like most of my reviews for coffee beans I used a French press. I detected a subtle, nutty aroma after I poured the hot water in and then eventually put the coffee to my lips.
The flavour is rich as the name suggests. Certainly a lot stronger in taste than the coffee bag version but not too rich that it is overpowering.
The coffee is a medium to light roast. I could not taste much in the way of the delicate or complex flavours that you would expect in a lighter roast coffee and yet it did not contain those bold, bittersweet flavours you get with darker roasts.
Upon drinking it I detected a medium body, meaning it left a reasonably heavy sensation in my mouth for quite some time. I felt like grabbing a glass of water to quench my thirst.
The coffee itself is very smooth although I did detect a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.
The flavour itself is nutty although this was subtle. I could not detect much else in terms of flavour apart from the roast itself.
Drinking this coffee with milk.
Much of the advertised flavours come from adding milk. I like to make latte style drinks at home so if this applies to you then this is where the coffee is strongest.
Adding milk makes it taste velvety smooth. It adds a sweetness to the flavour that brings out the subtle tasting note of dark chocolate and nuts more easily.
It is still medium bodied but it also tastes lighter and more refreshing. There is little to no bitterness and the aftertaste is much sweeter.
Using it as a cold brew.
There any many joys to making cold brew coffee and if you have not tried it yet, you may want to check out my article.
I usually use dark roasts when making coffee this way but the weather has been nice recently and I decided to try it out.
The coffee tastes even smoother when drunk this way. With milk it somehow tasted even more chocolatey.
How does it compare to the Rich Italian coffee bags?
I would definitely consider buying the coffee bean version over their coffee bags if taste is your main concern.
As I pointed out in my review, the coffee bags lack flavour unless you really take the time to squeeze the flavour out or use two coffee bags. Using coffee beans naturally makes the flavour taste fresher.
Naturally, using coffee bags are a lot more convenient and less mess is involved.
Who should buy this coffee?
This coffee really works if you like adding milk. There are better coffees out there if you really want to push the boat but this would work great if you are just looking for a simple, everyday drink.
You may want to consider choosing this also if you are considering switching to black coffee. The lack of acidity means it is not especially vibrant but on the flip side it is not that bitter either.
Who should look elsewhere?
Pick a darker roast if you want something more powerful to drink.
A good light roast will can give you fruity and vibrant flavours when drinking without milk. This coffee does not really do much on either of these fronts and there are better coffees out there that can do this.
I hope this review has given you much more insight and clarity as to whether this coffee is worth buying. It is certainly not without some faults but it can also be a pleasure to drink depending on what you are looking for.