Pork is the life blood and culinary soul of some of the finest Southern foods. Whether it’s a slow smoked rack of ribs, tender seared pork belly, ham hock seasoned pot of beans, or simply making a bacon and eggs breakfast; pork is an amazingly versatile meat. The Hungry Southerner has an undeniable passion for pork and all things bacon; suckers of a certain variety. When we discovered Maple Bacon Morning Coffee, images of caffeinated pork fat ran through our mind, causing an urgent desire to acquire a bag. Does the Maple Bacon coffee live up to the same expectations that Bacon Marmalade has set for us? Will it help us further our cause for new and exciting “Bacon Delivery Systems”? Grab a beignet and keep reading.
There is a strange coffee culture in the U.S.A., we often don’t understand the coffee products that we’re drinking. We are a busy society, in a constant state of movement, simply expecting our coffee products to be consistent from one coffee shop to another. We use that consistency as some arbitrary measure of quality. It’s always nice to slow down and a brew a fresh cup of coffee. It’s a pleasure to take a moment to enjoy the craft of a master roaster and the quality of his coffee beans. We were thrilled when the Maple Bacon Morning Coffee arrived from Boca Java, based out of Deerfield Beach, FL (a Southern business). Vacuum packed in a resealable bag, the people from Boca Java let us know that each bag of coffee is roasted in small batches, fresh, a day or two before being delivered. Boca Java tries to ensure that stale coffee doesn’t get delivered to their customers.
Boca Java selected Arabica coffee beans, a mild delicate bean from the middle east, and applied a light roast, creating a coffee mild in character. Upon inspection of the beans, you shouldn’t be surprised at the lack of bacon bits blended in, although we dreamed we might. As a matter of a fact, there really isn’t a “Bacon” presence at all in this coffee. Artificial maple syrup dominates this coffee’s aroma, right down to the unusually sticky beans, a result of the sweetners used to apply the maple syrup smell and taste. There is also a burnt aroma, that opens up even more after the beans are ground, that we simply couldn’t diagnose. Boca Java included brewing instructions on the bag indicating 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 1 cup of filtered water, and we followed them to the letter. We decided to prepare the coffee 3 ways; as dripped coffee, steeped in a french press, and finely ground for espresso using a moka pot, none of these techniques seemed to change the character, flavor,aroma or taste of the coffee. We settled on the french press, and began the final tasting.
No matter how these beans were brewed, we unanimously agreed this could be the mildest coffee we’ve ever consumed. The 4 of us were curious how a coffee can be so mild, and also lacking that typical signature bitter coffee flavor. But the question you’re still asking is, “where’s the Bacon?” We honestly have no idea, we didn’t really find there to be a strong maple syrup flavor to match the aroma. The maple syrup flavor was found sort of lingering on the roof of the mouth, as if you had sucked on a maple syrup lollipop. There is a burnt flavor profile, which none of us could place, that wasn’t necessarily bad, but unusual. We theorized that it was possible it was there to give the illusion of smokiness; a failure if it is the case. Honestly we found this coffee works best cooled and served over ice, thanks to those mild beans.
In the end we were left disappointed. This coffee is a novelty, at best, something one would try simply to say, “well that is interesting”. We felt that the label should really read “Maple Syrup Morning Coffee“, because there really is no characteristic of smokey salty bacon. The sad thing is the Arabica beans and the light roast makes for a pleasant, mild, coffee all on its own.Without the flavoring it would be a nice delicate coffee, that could be enjoyed everyday. At $7.49 + shipping, for 1/2 lb. of coffee, your looking at closer to $13.00 to experience this “Bacon Free” novelty. We feel like there are much better local brands, that are producing a better product for the money. If you’re looking for an artificially flavored, novelty coffee that smells like burnt maple syrup and lingers all day in your mouth why not just try some quality beans, and those flavored syrups? We give it a pass, 1 out of 5 Strips of Bacon. Boca Java, give us a call when you figure out how to put that,whole hog flavor, into our morning cup of joe. We’ll be ready to try it again. Stay Hungry Y’all!
-The Hungry SouthernerMaple Bacon Morning Coffee Boca Java – Gourmet Coffee http://www.BocaJava.com 730 South Powerline Rd. Suite D Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 Phone: 1-888-BOCA-JAVA