On opening the bag I was struck by a burnt bitter odour. Not a good start.
Time to try the beans, I ground them to a medium grind in my hand burr grinder to give it the best chance.
Tried it in the French press, couldn’t even take more than a mouthful. The smell only hinted at the flavour. Burnt, bitter, yet somehow bland at the same time. Next I figured I’d test out the pour over option. No improvement there either.
So I left the bag in a sealed jar in the dark for a week or two and in the mean time I picked up a vacuum brewer, just for the fun of it. I tested out some of my remaining least favourite option from Union. It took away the hint of bitter and smoothed it out nicely, so I figured let’s give the Skull crusher a go again.
I can honestly say Skull Crusher’s offering is awful in my opinion. It tastes worse than the cheapest airport coffee I’ve ever tasted. They seem to confuse “strong” with “flavour”. However this is obvious in their marketing, with hindsight. There’s no mention of flavour anywhere, and all the reviews state “strong”, nothing else. And I can hardly believe the reviews are not massively moderated, almost no negative reviews – even the best coffees have folk who prefer something else.
In summary; save your cash for a proper coffee, one that doesn’t advertise frantically on Facebook.
I’ve nothing to disclose, but I’d recommend spending your hard earned cash in somewhere like http://www.unionroasted.com or https://www.fortitudecoffee.com/. You’ll get a flavoursome coffee that is just good at waking you up.