Nerd Fuel: Community Coffee – Founder’s Blend

Recently I complained about the lack of new coffee options at my local grocery store. This led me to venture out of town in search of some new varieties to sample. As a result of my efforts, I have found a number of new (at least to me) and exciting flavors and blends to share with you all. Today, I’m going to take a look at a new release by Community Coffee. I’ve discussed their Cafe’ Special blend in the past and I was extremely impressed by it. So, when I found out they now have a special “Private Reserve” label, I was more than eager to try it. For this review, I picked up a box of their Private Reserve: Founder’s Blend. These Private Reserve coffee are special blends made to be commemorative. The intent is to honor one thing or another, thereby creating a coffee that is supposed to capture the essence of whatever it is they are celebrating. Sounds intriguing and artful? Yes. Realistically gimmicky? Probably. Regardless, I was intrigued enough to give it a try.

This coffee was crafted in attempt to honor the founder of Community Coffee, a man known as Cap Saurage. It is a blend of several different African and South American sourced beans. It’s a medium roast that’s a bit on the darker side, but with a rather mild aroma. The flavor is also fairly mild, with little bitterness. It’s good. But to be honest, it doesn’t stand out from many other “house blends”. However, it does have a unique smoothness that would make it ideal for an iced coffee.

I like seeing these coffee companies venturing out into new territory. Without a doubt, this a very high quality product. But there’s very little about it that makes it stand out against the competition. The extra dollar or so that they are charging for this “premium” label doesn’t really seem justified when I find most other signature blends to be just as well crafted. Regardless, it’s certainly worth picking up if you want a higher quality “please everyone” coffee. Good stuff, but not unique enough to rave about

Score: 3 out of 4

Would Purchase again?: Maybe. Definitely a good brew, but not particularly better than their Cafe’ Special offering which is available for a lower cost.


Nerd Fuel: Community Coffee- Cafe’ Special

It’s been a month since my last Nerd Fuel post, so I figured I better get crackin’! For this review, I decided to stick with a traditional, non-flavored coffee. I wanted to try something unassuming, so when I saw a box of “Community Coffee”, I thought – why not.

Community Coffee is a brand that I’d never tried before, but it’s a longstanding favorite for many coffee drinkers. I picked up a box of the Cafe’ Special, which is essentially Community Coffee’s “house blend”. This is a medium roast blend, that’s right on the line between medium and dark… it’s mild enough to be enjoyed by nearly anyone, but it has just enough roast to it to bring out a hint of that dark, rich flavor. To be quite honest, upon purchasing this coffee, I didn’t expect much. But I’m pleased to say that I was quite impressed with the smooth, balanced and even complex flavor of this coffee. So much so… that I might have to crown this as my new favorite general purpose blend. Yes… I daresay that this coffee rivals my longstanding favorite: Donut Shop.

Cafe’ Special is one of those coffees that is “normal” enough to enjoyed by your grandparents, but also rich and complex enough to satisfy your modern hipster. So, if you’ve just bought your first Keurig machine and you’re still looking for a standard go-to, this might one worth trying.

Score: 4 out of 4

Would Purchase again?: Yes. Currently, Community Coffee Cafe’ Special is my new mainstay, general purpose brew.  I know it seems like a generic, everyday brand of coffee…  but as they say: don’t judge a book by it’s cover.