The smell was fairly unusual. My first thought was "dirty ashtray." But I don't mean that in a bad way. Yes, I realize to most it could ONLY be in a bad way, but it wasn't a bad smell. It was more like a nostalgic smell, which made me think of my childhood and my mom, who would often smoke in the kitchen. But then my wife corrected me (as she often does) and explained to me that what I was smelling was old coffee grounds dumped into the kitchen garbage can. Which again is NOT really a bad thing. Well, OK it sounds pretty awful but it didn't smell that bad, it was just a noticeable smell. The taste was definitey strong on the coffee, from the coffee beans that come from the Alta Gracia farm in the Dominican Republic. There is also some vanilla bean in there, which I think is what is creating the used coffee ground smell. I sometimes occasionally accidentally buy vanilla cream coffee creamer, and it gives my coffee this flavor. There's a bit of a roasted flavor in there as well, but the coffee definitely dominates anything the roasted barley can put out. I think if Waffle House were to ever serve beer, this should be their top choice due to the dirty ashtray/old coffee ground imagery. Despite all that though, the taste is actually not bad, much better than its aroma.
Reviewed: August 06, 2014