Harry And David’s Moose Munch Milk Chocolate Caramel Coffee is very strong, unbalanced, but has a decent flavor and great body that saves this blend. The method I use for all of these reviews is the pour-over technique as it is one of the best ways to control nearly every variable of the brewing process and lets you tinker for your optimal cup. I started out with my typical 1:16 coffee to water ratio with these grounds and it was, simply… gross. Wayyyyy too strong. But I didn’t want my techniques to lead to a bad review, so I poured it out and tried again this time with a 1:20 ratio; it was much better! So, definitely err on the side of more water than you would typically brew with if you get this one.
While this blend is labeled as milk chocolate and caramel, I don’t think that this name is very apt. To me, this had a strong dark cocoa flavor (think of the last time you had a dark hot chocolate…) and the caramel was so faint I could hardly taste it. Honestly, there was more caramel flavor in the aftertaste than in the initial sipping. The aroma was nice with an almost vanilla/caramel scent to it; it was certainly not overwhelming, but it was a nice addition.
Personally, I’m probably not going to be running out to buy this blend again anytime soon. It was slightly imbalanced, too strong, and was very underwhelming as a caramel coffee. However, if you are a fan of strong coffees and want a new flavor to mix things up, this may be a good option for you. It has a full-body, low acidity, pleasant aroma, and a mid-range price. It could be a nice way to take a break from your Colombian dark roast and try something new!