What is gourmet coffee? It’s anything that isn’t served black, according to many coffee labels and manufacturer’s these days. A gourmet coffee can be anything from what you buy at your local Starbuck’s to that bag labeled ‘Gourmet Coffee’ in your supermarket or online coffee dealer. Gourmet coffee can come with beautiful packaging or in a plain brown wrapper.
Whatever it’s wrapped in, gourmet coffee is different, and it smells different too. Some gourmet coffee has chocolate flavors, some are nutty and others are minty. Gourmet coffee is usually ground and ready to brew, so get that coffee machine ready and try out a wide variety of gourmet coffee’s on the market today.
Most gourmet coffee comes packaged in either individual packets or in a one pound to five-pound bag. Some is ground, while offer whole bean coffees. No matter which kind you buy, your taste buds are in for a treat if you’ve never tried some flavors and blends.
For example, gourmet coffee can come in non-flavored selections such as Columbian Supreme, French Roast, Mocha Java, Kenya Blend and Major’s Breakfast Blend, just to name a few. Most of these types of coffee claim robust flavor, premium aroma and a smooth, deep flavor.
For those who have gotten used to the offerings at local coffee bars, the sweeter coffees have become extremely popular. Ever had an Amaretto Supreme? This coffee creation is made with almond flavor and almond flavored liqueur. What about Hazlenut Crème? This gourmet coffee is known as ‘noisette’ in French, and offers coffee drinkers a nutty flavored and sweet coffee.
If you’re a chocoholic, there are a variety of gourmet coffee flavors that will interest your taste buds, like Ultimate Chocolate and Swiss Chocolate Almond, to name just two. For those who like to make their own, most gourmet coffee brands make at least a dozen or more flavors from French Vanilla to Caramel Crème and Southern Pecan and a dozen more. Most gourmet coffee suppliers offer these coffees at moderate prices, so making your own just got easier.
Books for sale in bookstores and those to be found on library shelves teach consumers how to make their own gourmet coffee blends with coffee purchased at supermarkets or ordered online through coffee vendors. Some gourmet coffee blends cost more than others, but most can be had for less than ten dollars for a one to five pound bag, depending on your flavor. Since there’s nothing like the taste of a gourmet coffee once in a while to keep things exciting, many people opt to purchase several different flavors to keep in their homes.
Many people freeze coffee to make it last longer, and most claim that doing so doesn’t alter the taste. Storing coffee in an airtight container will also preserve shelf life. When shopping for gourmet coffee, browse the aisles of your local supermarket first, and if they don’t carry what you want, then try a coffee specialty store. Some coffee shops sell their own special blends of gourmet coffee, as do dozens of online gourmet coffee vendors. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find a flavor of gourmet coffee that tickles your fancy, guaranteed.