Fine Coffee Club Colombian espresso

The Fine Coffee Club – the single-origins

The Fine Coffee Club were rather pleased with my previous review of their Nespresso-compatible espresso pods – you may recall I was particularly taken with their single-origin espresso pods. Consequently, I convulsed with unrestrained jollity when I learned I had talked them into sending me their other two single-origin coffees. My blindingly obvious freeloading stratagem was to claim I wanted to give a complete picture of their product-range. And they bought it! So here we go with a caffeine-fuelled burn through the Fine Coffee Club’s range of single origin espressos… Ho ho ho!

The Fine Coffee Club have sent me their Colombian and Kenyan AA espresso pods and I am yet to try either of them. So this afternoon’s espresso bender will show whether they can match the brilliance of the Guatemalan and Rwandan coffees I loved so much and told you about in my last review.



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