Today, we’ll go in a slightly different direction: we’re doing a java review!
No, not that Java. We’re talking coffee. And the first can of beans to get an Iacon East review is Folgers Chocolate Silk.
As you might know, here in the US Folgers is pretty popular. The chances are very high that you’ve probably seen one of their ubiquitous red canisters in a nearby grocer, whether it’s on a shelf or in someone else’s cart. In my experience, I’ve seen a lot of those red canisters down the aisle of my local food market. But I’ve never had a cup of Folgers. At least not until recently, when I spotted a small container of Chocolate Silk and decided to give it a try: after all, it combined two of my favorite things.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the smell. This didn’t smell like ordinary coffee at all. Instead, it smelled bitter and acrid, as if it had been burned. I could detect a slight hint of chocolate, along with the normal heady scent of freshly ground coffee but it was simply overwhelmed by the charred scent that first hit my nose earlier. That same burned aroma was also present when I brewed my first cup. Sure, I could smell coffee with a hint of chocolate but those were the undertones, buried by the scent of charred coffee beans.
Of course, half of tasting is smelling so this was a little disappointing. But I poured my cup and gave it a try. The taste was exactly like the smell: undertones of coffee and chocolate that were overwhelmed by a burned taste. It made the coffee taste very bitter, almost too bitter for me to enjoy. In fact, the coffee tasted so burnt and bitter that I was forced to add extra creamer in order to tone it down! Talk about disappointing.
I expect some bitterness when I have my morning cup but this was far too much. I had been hoping that this could make for a good mocha but instead I was forced to over-sweeten and use far more creamer than necessary in order to make this cup palatable, which is disappointing to me. I was hoping for something much smoother and slightly sweeter than what I got. The end result was a cup of java that was too burnt tasting to really be enjoyed.
Aroma: Charred with the slight hint of chocolate and coffee.
Taste: Burnt with slight coffee and chocolate undertones, very bitter.
Final verdict (out of *****): 1/2* The burned taste and aroma are too overwhelming to make this even remotely close to a good cup of coffee. Sadly, not recommended.