Review: AH French Roast Coffee Pods
Wendy from Typical Dutch Stuff sent us in a sampler pack of AH coffee pods to review. The coffee pods come individually wrapped and weigh in at 7 grams each. At 7 grams, these are sized identically to the Senseo coffee pods and if you want to brew a double cup at 8 oz, you'll need to use 2 coffee pods. When you order a sampler pack, you will get 2 of each of the following flavors; Dutch Roast, French Roast, Italian Roast, Java Blend, Ethiopia Blend, and Brazil Blend.
Before we get into tasting the coffee, it was quite an ordeal to get a cup brewed. I'm having this cup of AH French Roast brewed from a Senseo single serve coffee machine deep in the northern California mountains, just a little northwest of a little town called Hyampom.
I'm here visiting my in-laws with my wife and daughter and I'm enjoying this cup of coffee off the grid. Yesterday to ensure we had enough power to fire up the Senseo so I could review coffee pods here in California, we had to hike up the creek and clean out the blocked pelton wheel.
You have to appreciate a cup of coffee that you hiked nearly 3 miles, laid down in a creek cleaning out leaves from an intake for the water to power the pelton wheel, and then returning in the morning for some charged batteries, and praying the coffee maker didn't kill the entire amount of power you made in the night.
Tasting the AH French Roast Single Serve Coffee
Well - the French Roast coffee is pretty darn good and worth the three mile hike required to brew it. We are enjoying not only the coffee, but the setting in the mountains . The 4oz cup of coffee we brewed almost had a mocha java flavor about it and was very smooth and had an excellent finish. We also brewed up some Dutch Roast and found it to be equally as good.
Each time I come to Hyampom, I'm amazed at how lucky one is to enjoy any of the modern wonders like coffee machines, computers, and the telephone. The AH French Roast coffee pods are a nice addition to this setting and we recommend trying out a sampler pack for yourself. Good stuff.
We are going to give the AH Coffee Pods a 3.5 out of 5 pods.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at July 25, 2005 10:54 AM
yikes, that's some pricey coffee bob..
I like reading checking out all of the coffee shops and articles here, whether I'd buy or not, so it's no biggie to me. However, not all online stores are straightforward with shipping cost and locations (especially for worldwide orders) and they often wait until the final page of your order to stab the shipping stick in your eye. Thus, I see why some people would rather simply know in the review where the company is based so that they don't have to even bother..
Just wanted to say - they are available to US customers, and even though they are expensive to ship to the US, you can get them and other pods from all over the place if you want to pay a little more.
I'm actually going to be reviewing Canadian based pods soon, as I have had them sent to me and think it will be interesting. Even though the site seems US centric, about 25% of the traffic is from all over the place and a great deal from the UK.
We're going to continue to review some things you can afford and some things you might not be able to afford but I think in the end it's being able to have access to the products via the site and get a full picture of the entire Single Serve Coffee landscape.
I don't wanna get all nationalistic, but it's pretty clear that this site & the visitors are pretty US-centric. So why tease us by reviewing Dutch pods & other things (i.e., showing Euro Senseos & other machines)that you say aren't availible in the US (or stuff that's cost-prohibitive when shipping charges are figured). Sure, they GIVE you some samples to try & review, but that just frustrates us when you say it's great but the cost would end up being like $1.50 a pod!
Again, no biggie...I'm not bent outta shape or anything. But I come here to learn about product that I can buy at reasonable prices, not to see what we CAN'T get here.