Sainsbury’s dark roast Continental coffee beans deliver on the promise of great Americanos
Everyone has their personal preference and I like my coffee dark, strong, full bodied and without milk. In my Sainsbury’s Continental Fairtrade coffee beans review I’ll show that if you share a love of this type of coffee you need not pay through the nose. I’ll also compare Sainsbury’s Continental Fairtrade coffee beans with Aldi’s espresso beans, which are also Fairtrade, I reviewed a few days ago.
One pleasant surprise when purchasing my pack of Sainsbury’s dark roast Continental coffee beans for this review was price. The already very competitive price of £2.30 for half a pound (227g) had been reduced to £2.05. I have noticed in general that coffee prices have fallen a bit this year and here is further evidence. At 14g for a double espresso or an Americano, that works out at just about 13 pence per cup.
Sainsbury’s dark roast Continental coffee beans are particularly dark and they have a more oily appearance. I don’t have any problems grinding them with my Porlex hand grinder but I have seen some online reports from people whose grinders have become blocked because the oiliness of the beans makes them stick together.
I use Sainsbury’s Continental Fairtrade coffee beans for both espresso shots and Americanos (espresso topped up with water). There is definitely a harder edge and a greater intensity, which I personally like. The bag is emblazoned with a 5/5 rating for coffee strength and I am certainly not disagreeing. If there is a trace of accompanying bitterness I can forgive it. The intensity you savour has a curranty aspect to it. It’s not fruity or flowery, the ‘currant’ dimension is more akin to the after taste from blackcurrant jam.
For espressos shots I enjoy Sainsbury’s Continental Fairtrade coffee but unlike the Aldi Alcafé espresso beans I do need a little sweetening. My daughter thinks Sainsbury’s Continental Fairtrade coffee is too strong for her cappuccinos.
If I have any complaints there are only two I can think of. Very occasionally I have come across a bag that is not as impressive as all the others, but this is only very occasional. Secondly, Sainsbury’s pack some of their own brand coffee beans in bags with self-securing thin metal strips but not with their Continental Fairtrade coffee beans.
So there you have it; if you like strong dark coffee at a very competitive price you should definitely try Sainsbury’s Continental Fairtrade coffee beans.
My rating for Sainsbury’s Continental Fairtrade coffee beans is: