Brown Bear La Vida Coffee Beans

Brown Bear La Vida Coffee BeansThis claims to be a complex blend of Latin beans – but what does that mean? Is that just sales talk for “a mish mash of all the beans we had left over in one big bucket”?  Who knows – but whatever it is, it does us alright. It’s strong without being over-strong, which matches its strength 4 rating and every cup we made came out a good, solid brew. There’s certainly nothing fancy about this one – no quirky little tastes – like the multiple types of nuts they claim on the packet - and no head on it when it came out of our caffetiere – the words “flat white” must have been invented for this one. But all these quibbles are only because we are such a bunch of snobs we expect something a little but fancy these days – and this one is just a plain and simple good strong coffee. Buy it and you can’t go wrong. 7/10

What the Manufacturer's say: 

"A complex blend of predominantly Latin American Coffees offering a sweet acidity at first with notes of roasted almonds and peanuts developing on the palate and finishing with hints of caramel and toffee. A medium bodied espresso."

Where you can buy it: 

You can try Amazon here

Average: 5.5 (2 votes)
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I expected big things from this brew. Brown Bear have set the bar pretty high and have become a personal favourite of mine. 'La Vida' is a perfectly decent blend, and compared to a lot of coffees out there is measures up well... However, when stacked up against Brown Bear's recent offerings it feels like it's missing something. Don't get me wrong, it still has that Brown Bear staple of no-nonsense, deep flavours but without ever hitting the heights of its predecessors. Still a solid 7, probably would have been an 8 if my expectations wern't so high but in the words of Britney Spears, 'that's my prerogative bitch, now make me a sandwich'. True story.