Anyone familiar with my reviews here at Best Quality Coffee will know that Maud's coffee is one of my favorite brands. Their coffees (specifically their organic roasts) are a near perfect match for my particular taste profile. So when I heard Intelligent Blends, the company that sells Maud's coffee, was featuring a new brand called Roastmaster's Reserve, I was ecstatic. The Roastmaster Reserve is a premium roast coffee sourced from Mt. Elgon in Kenya, an area renown for its exquisite coffee beans. We recently got our hands on this new offering which conveniently comes in a coffee pod form. I was especially interested in seeing how it compared to my gold standard of coffee. Check out our Roastmaster Reserve review below for the full scoop.
The Roastmaster Reserve comes in 3 different roasts: light, medium, and dark. I went with the light roast for this Roastmaster review. Coffee lovers will probably be able to relate when I say that aroma is very important to me. Coffee to me has always been a multi-sensory experience with smell being one of coffee's most attractive qualities. Fortunately, Roastmaster Reserve coffee pods passed this test with flying colors. It's aroma is distinct and fragrant with what I can best describe as an earthen undertone.
Roastmaster Reserve Review: Taste
I'm going to cut right to the chase. The Roastmaster Reserve is a coffee that teems with potent flavor. It offers an intensity of taste, depth, and body that in my opinion is stronger than Maud's. Everything about the coffee described my coffee preferences to a “T”. It's very well-suited for my taste buds and although the coffee was intense, it was never overwhelming. I think the coffee geniuses behind Roastmaster Reserve found a sweet spot when it comes to combining strength and subtlety. The body of this coffee is very full and has a texture that I think all coffee company's should strive to emulate. I initially tried the coffee black which made it much easier to taste the earthen and woody flavors. These notes were a perfect complement to an already bold coffee. For my second cup, I added some cream but I definitely prefer the Roastmaster Reserve coffee pods in their pure unadulterated form.
I should be clear that even though I think Roastmaster Reserve overall is more intense than Maud's, that doesn't mean Maud's has been dethroned as my favorite coffee. If anything, the two can share that position as I see myself regularly switching between the two depending on my mood. Sometimes you want good flavor, other times you want good flavor that's really strong. For me, one isn't necessarily better than the other.
Acidity: Very Low
One of the things I like most about the Roastmaster Reserve is its low acidity. I've been drinking coffee for some time now and I've noticed I've become more sensitive to the acidity in my coffee. Roastmaster Reserve, like Maud's, offers a very smooth flavor that lacks the acid bite.
I had high expectations of this new blend simply because it was being sold by the people who sell my favorite coffee. In concluding this Roastmaster Reserve review, I'd say this coffee has exceeded every expectation I had. It's smooth, full-bodied, and down-right tasty. As I was drinking this coffee I was pondering the proverbial “elephant in the room” which was the fact that this was a light roast of all roasts. Usually, lighter roasts lack the robust qualities that were fully expressed with the Roastmaster. I look forward to trying one of their darker roasts next!
If you've had the chance to try this product and would like to leave a Roastmaster Reserve review, we'd love to hear from you.