Sunday, November 16, 2014

As High As It Gets Without The Promised Flavor: Coffee Masters Mudslide Coffee Disappoints!

The Good: Excellent aroma, Tastes very good, Caffeinated.
The Bad: Doesn't taste like any of the promised mudslide flavors.
The Basics: My first taste of Coffee Masters coffee leaves me underwhelmed when their Mudslide coffee blend does not live up on the promised sweet, chocolatey coffee flavor.

My quest for great-tasting coffees continues! I am a huge fan of the infrequently-found coffee that tastes like the flavor it promises. Coffees are one of the realms of food and drink that benefit from generic titles (“Columbian Supreme,” “French Roast,” etc.). When you put the name on a coffee that declares that it is intended to taste like something distinct – chocolate raspberry, butter rum, etc. – most coffee roasters fall drastically short on their promises. That is what happened with Coffee Masters Mudslide coffee.


Coffee Masters Coffee has several different flavors and I found the bag of ground Mudslide flavor coffee at my local clearance store. The Mudslide flavored Coffee Masters Coffee comes ground in a foil bag and the 12 oz. package we found was very affordably priced at $4.99! The copper-color bag is easy enough to open and the twelve ounce standard package is resealable.

Ease Of Preparation

Coffee Masters Coffee is easy-enough to prepare. One Tablespoon of the Mudslide Coffee Masters Coffee makes two cups of coffee. We brewed up our full pot in our Hamilton Beach coffee maker (reviewed here!). The Mudslide coffee comes pre-ground and smells wonderful and it is easy enough to scoop out and into a filter.


The Mudslide coffee smells divine. Unadulterated, it smells like chocolate and caramel in an instantly inviting way. In fact, brewing up the Coffee Masters Mudslide coffee left our house smelling incredible and we were thoroughly prepared for deliciousness.

Unfortunately, the flavor of the coffee is just coffee. Coffee Masters Mudslide coffee is delicious as a dark roast flavor, but that is all. There is no hint of chocolate, caramel, or liqueur in the coffee’s flavor palate. Is it good? Yes. Is it mudslide? Not really, no. On the plus side, for the strength of the coffee’s flavor, this is a surprisingly not bitter blend!

With creamer, the coffee flavor is almost entirely sublimated to the creamer, which is surprising given how rich the initial flavor of the Coffee Masters Mudslide coffee is.

Coffee Masters Mudslide coffee does not leave one with an aftertaste in their mouth.


The ingredients to this coffee are strangely vague. There is Arabica Coffee and then the vaguely-defined “natural and artificial flavors,” but nothing more descriptive than that.

In terms of nutrition, this coffee lacks any. One 8 oz. mug of this coffee provides nothing of nutritional value to the drinker. There are no calories (save what one adds from sugar or milk), no fat, sodium, or protein. The caffeine, however, is strong enough to perk one up! This is an energizing beverage, even if it does not live up to its promised flavor.


Coffee Masters Coffee tea is very easy to clean up after - the coffee grounds may be disposed in the garbage, or composted if you have a good garden and/or compost pile. The coffee itself is a very dark coffee and it will stain delicate fabrics, so if it spills, it ought to be cleaned right off things like tablecloths or light cottons.

Coffee Master put a recommendation to reseal and refrigerate the coffee right on the bag. Following that direction yielded consistently flavorful pots of coffee.


Coffee Masters Mudslide coffee is a wonderful coffee, but an entirely underwhelming rendition of what a Mudslide is supposed to be (or even a Mudslide-flavored coffee). As a result, it gets the highest a food can get from me when it is delightful, but not the promised flavor; strictly average.

For other coffee reviews, please check out:
Tim Horton’s Fine Grind Coffee
Taster’s Choice Gourmet Roast
Seattle’s Best Level 5 Blend


For other drink reviews, please visit my Food & Drink Review Index Page for an organized listing!

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