The world of premium coffees is highly competitive. Let's just say those who are willing to shell out extra money for a premium coffee experience have many options to choose from. Not long ago we came across a company called Civilized Coffee, a brand known for its direct trade, small batch roasted coffee beans. In this Civilized Coffee review, we take a closer look to see where it stands amongst artisanal coffees.
Who is Civilized Coffee?
Before getting into the coffees actual flavor and aroma, let's briefly go over the brand itself. Civilized Coffee was formed in 2018 and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. The company teamed up with Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks Owner and Shark Tank investor) and possibly more importantly, has already established a solid reputation amongst staunch coffee lovers. They are known for their sustainable coffee practices and collaborative efforts with the communities and farmers that produce their coffee. Civilized Coffee, as their name indirectly suggests, cares about the ways in which their work affects the individuals within their supply chain.
As such, the company's direct trade practices have helped them build trusted and respectful relationships. These practices ensure both high quality standards for their coffee and fair wages for their farmers. This fact actually matters more than I think people realize. Ironic as it may sound, I've found that coffee companies that are more community-oriented than profit-oriented consistently produce better quality. And Civilized Coffee is no exception.
Civilized Coffee Review: The Selection
Civilized Coffee offers a variety of roast levels from light to dark. However, it's their medium roast offerings deliver a wonderfully balanced coffee experience. Particularly with their medium roasts, you'll be able to taste the natural subtle flavors of their organic coffee beans.
The company offers a good variety of coffee options. At the time of writing this Civilized Coffee review, the company had 14 different coffee offerings two of which are organic. From a deep earthen Sumatra brew to a rare Tanzanian Peaberry bean, the company's selection certainly impressed us.
Each of these coffees promise a very unique flavor profile and there's literally something for every kind of coffee lover. For example, their light roasted Kenyan bean has notes of vanilla, milk chocolate with a citrusy finish. Meanwhile their medium roasted Colombian bean has distinct notes of caramel and brown sugar. Their Tanzanian Peaberry is one of their more exotic offerings and as expected, is sweeter than your average coffee. For anyone who might not know, the Peaberry variety is unique in that where as a normal coffee bean has two cherries, this variety has just one. The result is that all of the nutrients and natural flavors are concentrated into a single bean making it sweeter. Civilized Coffee's Tanzanian Peaberry notes of red currant that are as tasteful as they are refined.
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No Civilized Coffee review would be completed without mentioning one of the absolute gems that they offer: Specialty Instant Coffee. I know the mere mention of “instant coffee” can be an immediate turn off for many coffee lovers. However, instant coffee has come a very long way and the technology involved has developed to a point where you might not even be able to tell the difference between instant and whole bean coffee. Civilized Coffee has specialty instant coffee for both regular and cold brews.
One Critique of Civilized Coffee
While their coffee is bold, robust, and full of flavor one thing we would like to see is more information about the actual coffee on the packaging. The reason for this is that individuals who pay more for their coffee typically enjoy learning about what they're drinking. For such coffee lovers, knowing more about the coffee's origins (sub regions, etc) and flavor profiles is a must. And for the record, we believe the packaging and branding were beautifully-designed. It's just that we self-professing coffee snobs like to know everything we can about the bean.
In concluding this Civilized Coffee review, this company offers a high-quality coffee that's worthy of being labeled premium coffee. It's also worthy of your hard-earned coffee dollars if you are a fan of quality coffee. Given the multi-sensory coffee experience it delivers as far as taste and aroma is concerned, it's also competitively-priced at an average of $15 per bag.