So we’re now into February 2018 and as you know if you follow me on Instagram, I got given quite a few coffees over the festive period. I’ve got a lot of reviews in the pipeline, but I’ll start with the Coffee I tried on Christmas Day first.
The latest coffee to make it on to The Bean Pole is Grumpy Mule.
I always enjoy getting coffee from other people, especially when they aren’t as consumed by it as I am. It throws up surprises every time and this time was no different.
Let’s start with the packaging.
I’ve not seen a coffee company who embrace their logo quite as much as this roaster from Meltham, Yorkshire does.
Their brand voice is perfect for the coffee that I tried, with the tagline ‘Better Than Socks’ and with the name ‘Mule’ being represented by an illustration of the animal of the same name and the tasting notes playfully suggesting it’s ‘kick you this hard…’
The black brushed aluminium tin also gave it a premium feel without the price tag to match, which is always appreciated.
Grumpy Mule gave this organic coffee, which came pre-ground, a kick of 4/5 meaning I should expect a bit of clout, however just how much clout caught me by surprise.
My previous experience with other pre-ground coffees has left me a bit disappointed, with the coffee often feeling a bit washed out and lacklustre, but not Grumpy Mule.
I brewed it in a caffetiere and as I like my coffee strong I left it brewing for 5-8 minutes. What followed after can only be described as a punch to the face from caffeine.
I instantly caught a face full of coffee and it made sure I knew about it.
After I recoiled from the initial strength of the brew, I settled into it and having recovered from the shock, I started noticing notes of blackberry and plums, although they were only slight, they were definitly a welcome respite from the initial onslaught of flavour.
As a strong coffee lover I really enjoyed the rest of the batch once I was aware of how strong it was, and found that it made the perfect brew to wake me up each day at my desk at work.
I wouldn’t say it’s a coffee for all tastes. A few people that tried it found iot very strong and said it reminded them a bit of an ashtray once the mug had gone cold.
From a tracibility point of view it ticks a lot of the boxes, but not all of them.
It has a big fairtrade badge displaying proudly on the front of the tin, which, if you’ve read my first ever post, you’ll know that it’s something I always look for in a coffee.
The second tick is that it’s an organic coffee.
But where it’s let down is it’s full traceability. I like to think I got a batch that had a sticker missing, explaining where it came from, but there was nothing.
It’s sad really, because with the kind of strength this coffee boasts I’d be more than happy to integrate it into my morning rotation of coffees for work.
So all in all, it was a mixed bag of an experience. Brutal at first, but a welcome friend to help me start my day during the working week.
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See my Grumpy Mule rating below
All star ratings are out of 5
Ease to brew: