Cafe Bustelo is a newcomer to the Keurig K-cup arena. But, man o' man did they explode into the marketplace. For weeks, social media was abuzz with Cafe Bustelo lovers thrilled with the new K-cup option. I have to admit, I had not heard of this brand until then and was shocked by the loyalty of their drinkers. Of course, this left me very anxious to try my first cup!
Cafe Bustelo is currently available in two roasts- Colombian and Espresso Style. I decided to sample Espresso Style first as the simple joy of espresso coffee holds a special place in my heart.
Cafe Bustelo Espresso Style is a dark roast Keurig K-cup coffee. Keep in mind that espresso is a brewing method. It is not a type of bean or roasting. Unfortunately, Keurig brewers are not capable of making a true espresso. But, with a little roasting know-how and tweaking of water levels, this little baby comes pretty darn close.
I chose to brew mine on the 8-ounce water setting of my Keurig 2.0. I would recommend going with even less water than that, perhaps 6 ounces, maybe if you are feeling daring, what the heck...go with 4. The result was a pitch-black cup of coffee with little or no translucency.
The first sip was startlingly packed with flavor. There is an odd dry sensation occurring with this Kcup but, that seemed to disappear with the addition of cream. The body is full and smooth. There are minimal hints of syrupy sweetness as is common with espresso. The taste lingers on the tongue for an enjoyable amount of time. Although this is a dark roast and the term espresso may scare some away, it is fairly easy to drink. Some dark roasts coffees are so in your face that it is a turn-off. Cafe Bustelo Espresso managed to pull off a daring coffee that is anything but overdone.
This Kcup is beyond perfect for making any and all espresso-based coffee house drinks especially Cafe Con Lech. In addition, if you are an iced coffee fan, try this one cold...I think you will love it!
I would recommend Cafe Bustelo Espresso Style to all dark roast coffee drinkers. Medium roast fans, if you are looking for a little something more, give this one a shot. This K-cup would not be well suited for light and flavored coffee lovers.
Have you tried Cafe Bustelo? Please, tell us what you think.