Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Meh, Coffee. Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend Underwhelms.

The Good: Reasonably priced, Good aroma
The Bad: Not at all distinct in its flavor, Not the strongest flavor for a deep roast
The Basics: The Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend Coffee is an average coffee advertised as a deep roast, which is bound to let down serious dark coffee drinkers.

As one who loves a variety of coffee, one of the things that mystifies me in the world still is people who drink coffee that barely tastes like coffee. Medium blends, light roasts . . . they all come out tasting like diluted coffee to me and that leaves me, a serious coffee drinker, with a strong sense of disappointment. Whenever I encounter a medium blend masquarading as something darker, I get disappointed. That is where I came down on the Peet's Coffee's Major Dickason's Blend Coffee.

I found the bag of Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend at my local discount store and after trying a bag and a half of it, I am not surprised how it ended up there. In a pretty packed market, Peet's Coffee lacks a real hook and has only mediocrity in the bag and cups of coffee.


Peet's Coffee is, apparently, a California coffee shop and this bag was the first bag I found in the Midwest. The bags of Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend coffee weigh 12 oz. and come ground. Because it is not whole bean coffee, no grinding is required. The Major Dickason's Coffee is easily protected from absorbing scents of other foods and the bag can be resealed using the wire-based "tie."

Major Dickason's Blend Coffee has a decent aroma in the bag, which foreshadows a much stronger blend than it actually is.

Ease Of Preparation

Major Dickason's Blend Coffee is remarkably easy to prepare, assuming one has a coffee scoop! First, open the bag. Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend 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. Major Dickason's Blend 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 Major Dickason's Blend Coffee and then brew through your coffee maker. The directions recommend making a pot at a time.


The Major Dickason's Blend coffee smells bold and strong, inviting consumers with its bold aroma. It smells dark and like a strong coffee, which made me think the cup would be a powerful and good cup of coffee.

Unfortunately, on the tongue, the Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend is a surprisingly weak blend. The coffee flavor is present, but it is sublimated below a watery flavor that made me initially feel like I had made the coffee too weak. Each pot I made, I tried to up the coffee flavor, but the pots came out equally weak. The Major Dickason's Blend kicks with a medium roast coffee flavor, but it always starts with accents of water overwhelming the coffee flavor.

What truly lost me on the Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend was that what coffee flavor the coffee possessed was completely overwhelmed by the addition of creamer to the beverage. Creamer eliminated all flavor of coffee in the mug and that was both surprising and disappointing.


This is coffee, not something that has nutrients in it! The Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend Coffee does not contribute anything to one's daily recommended allowance of anything. As well, the Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend does not reveal on its packaging what type of coffee beans are in their blend.

This is a caffeinated blend and to its credit, it is a good "wake me up" coffee! This has enough caffeine to energize consumers in the morning when one begins consuming it. 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 wakes up the consumer.

Major Dickason's Blend Coffee is marked as Kosher, but does not have any other dietary notes.


Major Dickason's Blend 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, but we used it up well before its expiration date.

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 1/4 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.


Peet's Coffee Major Dickason's Blend Coffee smells good and woke me up when I needed it to, but otherwise did not measure up on the taste front.

For other coffee reviews, please visit my reviews of:
Green Mountain Coffee Organic House Blend Coffee
Dunkin' Donuts Glazed Chocolate Donut Flavored Coffee
The Coffee Fool Fool's House French Blended Coffee


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

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