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A very good blend, but I found the title misleading...,
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I bought these coffee beans on the strength of the other reviews here and elsewhere. (and because I've heard good things about Rave Coffee)
The blend itself is very good and the beans were roasted not so long ago. The ones I received however were not quite as fresh as I would have liked, having been roasted 3 weeks prior to me receiving them. Most people would agree that beans are at their peak somewhere between 5 and 20 days after roasting. This means that while my first shot was very good, by the time I get anywhere near finishing this enormous bag, they will long have gone stale... The delivery was very quick so this can't have been the issue. Perhaps I should have made enquiries as to the best time to order beforehand. They are still much better than anything you would find in a supermarket. (and sadly, many cafés)
That's the objective part over, now on to the more personal bit:
If you are the kind of person who enjoys drinking coffee in Starbucks, then these beans are for you. Don't hesitate to buy! You will not be disappointed! With the right care and attention, (or some good coffee making equipment) these beans will transport you right there. If, however, you prefer the coffee in Costa, or in Café Nero, or even in a nice Italian restaurant somewhere, then you may want to think twice before ordering these beans. I personally found the title a bit misleading as to me these beans just don't taste like what I expect from an 'Italian' blend.
The crema these beans produce is excellent, but this comes at a cost, because one of the reasons for this is the use of Robusta beans in the blend, which also give the shot more bitter tones due to the higher caffeine content. (I was absolutely buzzing after trying these)
Personally, I found that the flavour of this blend reminded me a bit too forcefully of Starbucks, and for me, that isn't such a good thing. All in all however, personal objections aside: The blend as a say is very good, well balanced, produces good crema, and would ideally appeal to somebody who is fond of Starbucks. If you manage to get them fresh, then even better, perhaps I was just unlucky at the time I chose to order. (but hence the 4 stars) And lastly, don't be misled by the title, these are the kind of 'Italian' beans you would expect to find in an American café. (I suppose I should have guessed)
UPDATE 22/06/14 - I've been trying various coffee beans for a while now and these are still some of the nicest beans I have yet managed to get my hands on - just don't buy the huge packet unless it's for an office! I'm tempted to up the review to 5 stars...
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Initial post: 11 Jul 2014 10:02:32 BDT
I buy the 1Kg pack and split it immediately into 4 ex-illy coffee tins and screw them tight shut and put them in the fridge. This lasts me about 3 weeks. I like Illy beans but these Rave ones save quite a bit of money. I do NOT like Costa or Starbucks because of the silly size vessels they serve it in. This Rave coffee is the nearest to a French espresso as served in any good cafe in France. I Always of course drink it black.Rave Coffee The Italian Job Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans Classic Italian Blend 1 Kg
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