You know this man. You’ve seen his platinum blonde, spiky hair. You’ve heard his distinct voice all over the Food Network. This man is Guy Fieri, and the guy has done it all. He’s a successful restaurateur, the unofficial face of the Food Network and a creator of many culinary products, including his Flavortown Roast single-serve coffee cups.
As a chef who has traveled around the country rating and reviewing dining establishments, we can’t help but trust that he’ll produce quality food products. Well, we’ve decided to turn the tables on him and review one of his products: the West Coast Roast!
Before we move onto flavor profiles and such, let’s talk about the name first. To be honest, it takes serious balls to say your coffee is reminiscent of a traditional West Coast dark roast coffee, because the West Coast treats their brew like an art. Unlike the East Coast (mainly New York), where people typically prefer their coffee fast and on the go, West Coasters enjoy the experience all the way from creation to consumption. They have so much respect for the coffee bean and try to extract perfection out of it. Think artisan-made, sustainably crafted, pour-over coffee.
Maybe we’re thinking too far into this, but these are the expectations we had from name-only first impressions. The results?
We loved it! While there’s no way it could ever really enter the same league as an actual cup of handmade coffee from a West Coast café, it was still incredibly tasty! It’s a rich, bold, dark roast coffee, which can be sipped on leisurely and luxuriously throughout the day. You can also easily imagine drinking a piping hot cup in rainy, overcast weather like you’d experience in parts of Nor Cal or the Pacific Northwest. It’s definitely a full-bodied brew, so you’ll get robust and complex flavors with every mouthful.
For a coffee that’s made for convenience and brewed in less than a minute, the flavors are surprisingly very intricate. We give the West Coast Roast positive marks all around, as it has easily combined the benefits of both East and West Coast coffee without even meaning to!
If you’ve tried this Guy Fieri coffee k-cup yourself, let us know in the comments below whether you agree with us or not!