Many thanks to Jimmy Haight from Cafe Megaton.
He sent us a bag of his beans several weeks ago.
And we let the bag sit on the shelf for a few days, then a few more days. And then a few weeks passed.
Why did we wait so long to try the coffee?
To be fair, it was a bit of a coffee posh thing.
Jimmy does not present his coffee as being a “gourmet” coffee. He describes it as “highly caffeinated”.
In fact, its coffee contains twice as much caffeine as a regular gourmet coffee.
Her biggest fans are the athletes who are looking for that extra jolt and burst of energy.
So … when he sent us the coffee, we felt a little cautious about it. And to be honest, I think Jimmy did too!
Long story short… we really love it.
But before I tell you why, let me explain why Jimmy thought we might NOT like him.
Megaton coffee is a blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans.
If you’re a coffee snob – and we really try not to be – you buy 100% Arabica coffees.
Arabica coffee beans contain less caffeine than Robusta beans, but offer a much richer range of flavors.
Almost every gourmet coffee you buy, whether it’s in a cafe or on the shelves of a supermarket, proclaims loud and clear that they are 100% Arabica.
Arabica beans are good. Robusta beans are bad.
At least that’s what the story tells.
But… what about that wonderful espresso or espresso drink that you drank last week?
The story is a little different when you blend coffees for use with espresso machines.
When brewing an espresso, Robusta beans miraculously become a good choice. Rarely 100% Robusta, but part of an assembly.
So really, when asked what the best beans are, the honest answer is, “It depends.”
I’m not much of an athlete, but I enjoyed the buzz. And the taste.
I didn’t have a cup of Megaton coffee before getting on my bike – as the photo above might suggest – but I drank it about 30 minutes before I gave an online webinar.
Yeah… I really felt the caffeine and the buzz.
It was a very energetic session!
Go back to those first two sips …
I stopped and asked my wife to taste it and tell me what she thought about it.
She’s a better taste than me. Ideal for picking up the subtleties of a refined gourmet coffee.
Honestly, I hadn’t planned on asking her to try this cafe.
But I did, because I really, really liked it.
And she loved it too.
It has a decidedly dark and bold feel, which we love.
But the flavor was by no means flat. A few nuts and a little dark chocolate. Nice layers of flavor.
Better than a lot of the “gourmet” coffees we’ve tried.
It turns out that a coffee blend that includes Robusta beans can be really, really good.
Jimmy… some advice.
First, promote it to “brain athletes” as well. They will thank you.
And don’t imagine you’ve compromised on taste just to deliver that double dose of caffeine.
Your coffee tastes great!
You can buy Megaton coffee here …