Caffe L’affare – a cup full of Yum!

| February 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Cup full of Yum – my review of Caffe L’affare coffee blends.

Up until 2 years ago, I was a tea drinker.  That is until I found a cheap little espresso machine, which I purchased for hubby.  We both had a go and after much taste testing, and experimenting, we both quickly become supreme coffee lovers, and much to my frustration, it turned out hubby was much better at making them than I was!  Both of us now enjoy at least one coffee everyday, and there is something really special about that gorgeous, frothy cup of goodness.

Caffe L’affare was born on 25 February in 1990 in Wellington by Founder Jeff Kennedy.  The name might be Italian, but the company is definitely kiwi in spirit (a bit like La Donna Moderna!).  Jeff is affectionately known as the Godfather of NZ Espresso. He was the first recipient of the NZ Coffee Roasters’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

So I was thrilled recently, to be given the opportunity to try Caffe L’affare’s Gusto FTO blend, and Mocha coffee.

Here is how the folks at Caffe L’affare describe these two blends:

Gusto FTO – Gusto FTO is a blend of Fairtrade and Organic Certified coffees sourced from Guatemala, Honduras, and Ethiopia. Gusto boasts a dynamic flavour profile that starts with savoury cinnamon notes and finishes with distinct dark chocolate. Medium/dark roasted. Great for all brewing methods, especially espresso.

Mocha – A stunning single origin using beans from the home of coffee – Ethiopia. This Ethiopian Gemadro has tantalising fruit acidity, excellent body and a subtle cocoa finish. Medium roasted. Ideal for plunger.

Because I have only been drinking coffee for a couple of years, I certainly do not claim to be a coffee connoisseur, I’m still trying out new flavours.  What I know, is I either like a particular brand, or blend – or I don’t.  When I received my Gusto FTO blend, and Mocha coffee, I had no expectations at all.  I’ve learnt that no matter how fancy the packaging, or what is promised on the back of the packet – the taste is what speaks for itself.

The Verdict:

So hubby and I made a couple of cups of each, and tried them out.  I could talk about undertones, notes of this or that – but we all know I wouldn’t have any idea what I was talking about, like I said, I’m no connoisseur!  What I can tell you, is that they were really nice coffees – simply great coffee, that tasted lovely to me and hubby.  When we both had our first sip, we looked at each other and nodded, yes we both agreed – not bad at all!  (cheesy I know!) haha.  Seriously though, I thoroughly enjoyed both flavours, and will certainly be drinking it again, in fact I’d really like to try some of the other blends available from Caffe L’affare – bring on the coffee!!

If you want to check out the different blends and coffees available, find a stockist near you, or simply learn more about the team, simply head to the Caffe L’affare website for more information.  You can become a liker of their facebook page HERE, to keep up to date with the latest from the team.

But do try it, I enjoyed it, and I hope you will too!




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