Disclaimer. Cafe Britt provided us with samples of their most popular blends in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions expressed in this Cafe Britt review represent solely those of Best Quality Coffee.
Costa Rican coffee beans are considered some of the finest coffee beans in the world. And for very good reason. Known for their rich body, balanced acidity, complex flavors, and deeply poignant aroma, these beans make for a refreshingly luxurious coffee experience that you simply can't find in your average coffee purchase. So impressive is the Costa Rican coffee bean, that in 2012, Starbuck's most expensive coffee was made from beans grown out of the Tarrazu region in Costa Rica. Since 1985, Cafe Britt has capitalized on the popularity of Costa Rican coffee by providing some of the most authentic Costa Rican coffee available on the market. Prior to this Cafe Britt review, we'd heard many positive things about this company's gourmet coffee. However, the world of coffee tasting is probably one of the most subjective places in the world and so we needed to try the coffee for ourselves. For our Cafe Britt review, we sampled 6 different blends that covered a wide range of roasts and flavors.
Cafe Britt Costa Rica Organic Shade Grown Ground Coffee
First up is the Cafe Britt Costa Rica Organic blend which is a dark roast. Outside if its attractive aroma, one of the first things that jumped out to us was how the coffee felt when sitting in the mouth. It has the exquisite body and texture that you'd expect from anything that claims to be gourmet. There's an undeniable quality to the texture. Any coffee connoisseur will also notice velvety hints of apple and laurel that have a way of flourishing onto the taste buds with each sip. This is a bright blend that never runs the risk of being too acidic. This is particularly important as any coffee drinker knows since bright blends can often times be overly acidic. Not the case here. This blend is extremely smooth with no traces of bitterness. The Cafe Britt Costa Rica Organic Shade Grown coffee packs a full flavor that fully stimulates the senses and leaves you wanting more. We could immediately tell that Cafe Britt took much care in balancing this blend so the customer could enjoy the best of both worlds. Having tasted this delicious organic blend, it's not difficult to see why this is one of their most popular products.
Cafe Britt Tres Rios Valdivia Ground Coffee
Like their organic blend, the Tres Rios Valdivia is also an amazingly smooth blend that in my opinion, rivals the gold standard of smoothness set by Gevalia. There's no bitter after taste which allows the plum and orange citrus notes to be fully expressed. They are defined yet enjoyably subtle. The lack of bitterness really allowed me to savor the complexities of this blend. Like all of Cafe Britt's blends, there's a fullness in body that epitomizes what gourmet coffee should feel like in your mouth. One of the things we'd heard about Cafe Britt coffee is that it's a big hit among customers who have acid reflux. While none of us have those sensitivities, it was immediately obvious that this blend and most of Cafe Britt blends for that matter have very low acid content.
Cafe Britt Costa Rican Light Roast
The Cafe Britt Light Roast has a special identity all of its own. As a quick disclaimer, I'm not a huge light roast drinker. So in reading this Cafe Britt review, that should be taken into consideration. I like the richer taste that tends to come from medium and darker roasts. However, I'm happy to report that the Cafe Britt Light Roast is a blend teeming with distinct flavor and body. So much so, that I'd gladly put this into my rotation of choice gourmet blends. This light roast is surprisingly bold and rich which had some folks in our offices comparing it to a mild medium roast. It's certainly one of the richer light roasts I've tried and I particularly liked the subtle notes of caramel and apricot.
Cafe Britt Poas Tierra Volcanica
The Cafe Britt Poas Tierra Volcanica is a medium roast blend filled with a purity of earthen flavor that I had yet to experience before trying this coffee. It's aroma is bold and its flavor carries the strength of what you'd expect in a Costa Rican medium roast. What I found amazing about this blend is that it carries so much natural flavor that I found myself enjoying it black which is something I rarely do. It offers a light acidity grounded by earthy undertones that make for what I thought was an extremely unique taste. Many of Cafe Britt's blends are exceptionally smooth with this blend being no exception. It literally rolls off the tongue and coats your throat with a delightful flavor and texture. Volcanic coffee in general is a luxury in and of itself. Volcanic beans are grown at high elevations in volcanic soil are infused with a natural and pristine flavor that you simply can't get from an average coffee bean. The Cafe Britt Poas Tierra Volcanica is an example of the difference in quality and flavor between regular coffee beans and those grown in volcanic soil.
Cafe Britt Tarrazu Montecielo
As we mentioned earlier, one of the most sought after Costa Rican coffee beans hails from the Tarrazu region. In fact, this is the region in which Costa Rican coffee was born. That being the case, no Cafe Britt review would be complete without having sampled their premiere Tarrazu blend grown right in one of the best and most exotic coffee growing areas in the world. The Tarrazu blend is a medium to dark roast that boasts body of incomparable texture and weight. As soon as the I tasted the coffee, I was treated to a level of quality and richness that made me an instant fan of this blend. I will warn all coffee drinkers that this is the type of rich and smooth coffee that may have you completely redefining what you consider to be good coffee. There are many who swear by this brand and blend and with its deep flavor underscored by hints of chocolate, and it's not hard to see why.
Cafe Britt Dark Roast
Last but certainly not list in this comprehensive Cafe Britt review, is the Cafe Britt dark roast blend. Anyone familiar with dark roasts knows that they can often be too bitter and strong. While those terms are relative, I was extremely pleased to taste a dark roast blend that was rich and smooth with no bitterness (a common theme in this review of Cafe Britt coffee.) This is a full bodied blend that stays true to the deep natural flavor of the Arabica coffee beans used. There have been some who say that this particular blend is lacking in body, but personally, I didn't experience that. Even though this isn't flavored coffee, there is a undeniable complexity to the flavor with hints of chocolate, dried fruit, and fig. If you like a medium bodied dark roast with rich flavor, this is a perfect option.
In conclusion, this is easily some of the best coffee we've ever had. And we pride ourselves here at Best Quality Coffee as being veteran coffee lovers. Cafe Britt coffee taken as a whole is undoubtedly smooth, rich, and complex. Having heard so much about this blend, we can say from experience that Cafe Britt more than lives up to its reputation.