*Complimentary coffee reviewed*
If you love good coffee, you need to read on.
Did you know there’s a place in Hakone, Japan, where you can bathe in coffee? The Yunessun Spa Resort allows you to dive into a coffee-filled pool, which says is beneficial to the skin as coffee contains antioxidants that are good for the skin. Whilst I’ve got a Japanese vacation planned next year (Tokyo is great for an early spring trip), coffee lovers can get their healthier caffeine fix closer to home.
The new kid on the block is Vitamin Coffee, a beverage that gives you more than just a caffeine hit. Every cup contains your full daily dose of 14 essential vitamins and minerals whilst still tasting great.
First, a little bit about the company. Launched in September 2017, Vitamin Coffee was founded and created by Bryn Ray. After working as a design consultant and fitness professional in London, Bryn started drinking homemade Vitamin Coffee to keep him on top of both his physical and mental game. Amazed with just how effective and convenient it was, he began creating blends for clients and colleagues before eventually taking the leap to share it with the world.
Vitamin Coffee uses the highest quality, FDA approved ingredients to create effective and balanced vitamin blends. These blends have been carefully formulated to survive heat treatment without compromising the taste of coffee.
I was intrigued by the notion of Vitamin Coffee – can it really deliver on taste?
I received a 210g bag of freshly ground coffee, which the bag says equates to 14 daily servings. Maybe I have been using less coffee, but 3 weeks since cracking the bag open, and I still have a few servings left.
Each bag of premium ground Vitamin Coffee is made from expertly roasted beans that complement the vitamin mixes to make them almost unnoticeable. The range consists of three vitamin blends; Complete, Defense and Energy, each of which offer a unique health benefit.
- Defense helps to boost your immune system
- Energy gives you a kickstart
- Complete supports general wellbeing
Suggested brewing methods are cafétiere, drip-filter, espresso and Aeropress (I used the latter). After letting the coffee steep for around 20 seconds, I ‘Aeropressed’ it, and one minute later, I had a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
I brewed the Complete Medium Roast, which is a rich blend of Asian and African coffee. I sipped it sans milk and sugar at first, to get a true taste of the coffee, then poured in a liberal splash of milk and Agave syrup once the tasting was done.
It is very good coffee, smooth to drink and I especially like the Malabar beans that give it a rich chocolatey flavour. I also got a discernible hit of toffee on the swallow, which was a lovely finish. Owing to the chocolate undertones within the coffee, I think this coffee would go nicely with dark chocolate or chocolate with a high cocoa percentage, that is upwards of 70%.
Vitamin Coffee has an impressive vitamin ingredient list which reads as follows:
As a self-confessed coffee geek, I love to know more about the bean, its treatment, origin and flavour profile. What I know about Vitamin Coffee is that they produce great coffee, and I like the company ethos as well. Vitamin Coffee believes that coffee should be convenient, which is why they offer a delivery service. Coffee lovers can get delicious Vitamin Coffee delivered to their door in a letter-box friendly package. You don’t have to wait around for a parcel to arrive, or collect from a neighbour, meaning you can enjoy your coffee without delay.
Each full bag (£8.95) contains 14 servings of coffee. There’s also a subscription service to save you having to remember faffy re-ordering. Free delivery is just the icing on the cake, which drives home the point of Vitamin Coffee getting to you the fastest way possible.
I will be placing an order for the Defense Vitamin Coffee when I’ve finished my current supply of another bag I have on the go (Gaggia Intenso if you’re asking).