Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wake Up Gently: The Coffee Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Blend Is A Fair Blend!

The Good: Reasonably priced, Flavorful, if mild
The Bad: Does not taste strongly of blueberry
The Basics: The Coffee Fool Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee is an interesting concept that is, at best, an average coffee blend.

My wife is incredibly helpful at keeping my reviewing focused. When it comes to coffee, I love dark, potent and flavorful. My wife has to remind me that coffee cannot be judged by how it does not live up to dark coffee standards . . . which is how my first experience with The Coffee Fool managed to rise up to average. My first The Coffee Fool blend, Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon coffee does not succeed in embodying a flavor that truly embodies blueberry or cinnamon flavors, though it is a very good medium-roast coffee blend.


The Coffee Fool is a fairly well-established Minnesota-based coffee roaster that is expanding its influence outside the Midwest. Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon is one of the medium dark blends by The Coffee Fool and it comes in a twelve ounce foil bag. Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon is fairly (but not overly) dark, but not flavored like it is supposed to. Because it is not whole bean coffee, no grinding is required. The Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee is easily protected from absorbing scents of other foods and the bag can be resealed using the wire-based "tie."

Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee is a moderately aromatic blend, but not an overly flavorful one.

Ease Of Preparation

Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee is remarkably easy to prepare, no advanced culinary degrees necessary! First, open the bag. The Coffee Fool Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee is vacuum sealed when first purchased. After opening foil bag, procure a scoop (not included) and measure out one heaping tablespoon for every two cups of water in your coffee maker. Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee is intended for automatic (drip or percolating) coffee makers, like my Hamilton Beach coffee maker (reviewed here!). This is NOT an instant coffee. As a result, it needs to be brewed.

Consult your coffee maker's instructions for how to brew the coffee. However, as far as the basics go, you'll need a coffee filter, like the Crucial Coffee #4 permanent filter (reviewed here) we use, into which you put the Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee and then brew through your coffee maker. The directions recommend making a pot at a time.


The Blueberry Cinnamon coffee smells like coffee, with faint hints of cinnamon. There is a very vague berry aroma that is revealed in the steam almost in the form of an afterscent. This is not a powerfully aromatic coffee.

The flavor of the Blueberry Cinnamon coffee is dominated by the coffee and cinnamon flavor elements. On its own, the Blueberry Cinnamon coffee tastes almost entirely of coffee with a dry, cinnamon kick to it just before the flavor finishes. The blueberry is represented as a vaguely sweet aftertaste that asserts itself for only a few seconds before the coffee aftertaste kicks in.

With creamer or just a teaspoon of sugar, the Blueberry Cinnamon coffee is dramatically sweeter and additives seem to bring out the fruit flavor of the berry. The berry flavor never truly sublimates the flavor of the coffee, but additives seem to eradicate all trace of the dry cinnamon element of this coffee.


This is coffee, not something that appears on the nutrition pyramid! The Coffee Fool Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee does not contribute anything to one's daily recommended allowance of anything. In fact, the only ingredient for the cofee is 100% High Grade Arabica Coffee.

This is a caffeinated blend and it feels like it! This has enough caffeine to pop one's eyes open. Because it is a caffeinated coffee, it appears to not have undergone any of the chemical processes that sometimes cause complications in decaffeinated coffees. This is a blend that actually lives up to energizing the consumer.

Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee is not marked as Kosher or with any other dietary notes.


Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee ought to be stored sealed in its container with bag’s top folded down. Coffee is known to absorb flavors of food nearby it, so keeping the bag folded tightly closed is highly recommended. The bag came to us fresh and would have lasted until its September 30, 2015 expiration date had we not consumed it all before then!

After brewing, coffee grounds ought to be disposed of. This is not an ideal coffee to make a second pot with (second brewings I attempted came out 1/2 as potent as the first brewing), so this is not an ideal coffee for the coffee miser. These grounds may be thrown in the trash when used or put in a compost pile, if available. Coffee grounds make great compost.


The Coffee Fool Fool's Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee is good, but it fails to meet my standard of actually tasting like the flavor it claims to . . . despite being an otherwise fine cup of medium roast coffee!

For other coffee reviews, please visit my reviews of:
Dunkin’ Donuts Apple Pie Coffee
Seattle’s Best Level Five
Melitta Extra Dark European Blend Coffee


For other drink reviews, please check out my Drink Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2015 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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