I just bought a bag of Millstone coffee, the Colombian Supremo which is a satisfying medium roasted coffee bean. I’d seen this brand of coffee beans in the store for quite some time, and noted that the bag seemed a little bigger than other products.
So after trying the others, I decided to find out a little more about the different varieties of Millstone and buy these coffee beans. Perhaps it’s the ethos of the founder, perhaps the idea of freshly roasted beans, perhaps a carefully built reputation and range of products… The results? Surprisingly good.
Early Days: Early Beans
Millstone Coffee has been around since its founder, Phil Johnson, was selling hundred pounds sacks of whole beans to specialty coffee shops in Seattle in 1981.
Johnson’s beans were in demand because even if he took a loss, he would not sell beans that did not live up to his standards of perfection.
Premium Coffee for Everyone
Deciding that everyone should be able to have a premium cup of coffee without the premium price, Phil Johnson approached supermarkets with a novel idea—he would provide, clean and service bins to hold coffee beans that he would deliver, freshly roasted, each week. Ordinary people on a realistic budget could then buy coffee beans where they shop and enjoy good coffee at home!
Nowadays, in common with many brands, they are part of the portfolio of products at The J.M. Smucker Company that also holds Folgers Coffee, Dunkin Donuts Coffee, and several other really well known brands of coffee.
This novel approach to marketing and concern for his customers has helped make Johnson’s company, Millstone, become one of the top names in the coffee business. Whether you like light, medium, medium dark or espresso roast there is a coffee that you will like.
There are over thirty blends to choose from, both regular and decaffeinated as well as flavored coffees to enjoy. Millstone claims that only 15% of coffee beans on the market meet their exacting requirements and you can taste it every time you brew a cup from their beans.
Millstone’s Light Roasts
Millstone Coffee Light Roast tastes light and mild. Since the oils aren’t burned out, it is smooth and has all the aroma that darker roasts don’t. The Breakfast, Hawaiian and Kona blends are all light roasted and very, very popular. Foglifter, a medium roast, is a blend of light and dark roasts that has a bright aroma and full body that has made it a perfect way to start your day.
Columbian and Columbian Supremo are both medium roasts. Dark color, a faintly bittersweet taste and full body are characteristics of Millstone’s medium roasts. This type of coffee bean is a best seller because of the flavor and aroma. And it’s a favorite now in this household!
Millstone Coffee is one of the few that produce a medium dark roast which combines the bright qualities of light roasting with the flavor intensity of medium roasting. Organic Nicaraguan Mountain Twilight and Organic Rainforest Reserve are both medium dark roasted as well as being certified as grown without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals.
Turning to the dark side
their flavor, produce a darker color and a stronger, more robust flavor. French Roast, Espresso and Italian Roast are all dark roasted beans.
Here, Millstone offers two other organics beans, Deep Peruvian Forest and Mayan Black Onyx. The Black Onyx is Millstone’s darkest, grown in the mountains of Southern Mexico; it is mellow and full bodied, slow roasted to lock in the smoky flavor of each bean.
Flavored Varieties, too
You can also enjoy flavored coffees such as Carmel Truffle, French Vanilla, Chocolate Velvet and seasonal favorites like Holiday Peppermint and Pumpkin Spice to add extra joy to the different coffee seasons!
Millstone is not the cheapest coffee in the supermarket by any means and it’s often made me think twice about buying it, but it’s certainly one of the best and most recognizable brands there.
The fact you can get it at your local supermarket instead of making a special side trip for your coffee beans is a definite advantage. And one of the different varieties of Millstone coffee that you will appreciate in your cup as much as in your wallet!
As always drop me a line and let me know what you think about Millstone coffee varieties!