Dark Brazilian Santos: Discount Bulk Whole Bean Coffee

by jgran

Try one of my favorite whole bean coffees, the Dark Brazilian Santos.

Coffee Bean Direct

Let me start off by saying that I'm no coffee snob.  I've been perfectly happy with Maxwell House coffee from my local grocery store in the past, but my last few purchases I've ventured a bit out of that comfort zone.

The Coffee Bean Direct brand stood out because of their reasonable prices and large quantities.  They had a wide range of coffee available in 5-lb bags.  It's a bit much if you're just experimenting with flavors, but since I'm generally not that picky I took a chance.  

The first coffee I tried was the Italian roast espresso whole bean coffee 5-lb bag.  It was very good and I had no complaints.  I enjoy darker coffee and this definitely satisfied that.  I was pleased enough with it, but still wanted to try some other flavors.

Coffee Bean Direct's Whole Bean Italialian Roast Espresso is

  • The company best seller
  • A great dark coffee
  • My second favorite behind the Brazilian

Italian Roast Espresso Whole Bean Coffee

Coffee Bean Direct Italian Roast Espresso, Whole Bean Coffee, 5-Pound Bag

This signature blend of small batch Italian roasted craft coffee beans from the Americas and India is packaged in foil-lined valved bags for maximum freshness. Our artisan Itali...

Coffee Bean Direct Italian Roast Espresso Ground Coffee, 5-Pound Bag

This signature blend of small batch Italian roasted craft coffee from the Americas and India is packaged in foil-lined valved bags for maximum freshness. Our artisan Italian Roa...

$40.59  $40.17

Dark Brazilian Santos Whole Bean Coffee

My second purchase from Coffee Bean Direct ended up being the Dark Brazilian Santos.  I was drawn to this particular flavor because of the high ratings on amazon and the description.

While it is classified as a dark roast coffee, it is also very smooth and not bitter like many of the other ones I've tried.  This coffee has the perfect blend of dark flavor with a touch of "softness" as some other customers have described.  

Flavor isn't an easy thing to pin down.  After running out of my 5-lb bag though, I've noticed a very stark contrast in quality with some of the other coffees that I normally try.  I'll continue to buy the Dark Brazilian Santos because it is one of the best coffees I've come across.

Dark Brazilian Santos Whole Bean Coffee is

  • Full and dark, but also smooth
  • My personal favorite

Dark Brazilian Santos Whole Bean Coffee

Dark Brazilian Santos
Coffee Bean Direct Dark Brazilian Santos, Dark Roast, Whole Bean, 5 Pound

Brazil is know the world over as one of the most prolific and dedicated of coffee producers. This artisan coffee from the Santos region is French roasted in small batches and pa...

Only $46.58
Dark Brazilian Santos, Whole Bean Coffee, 16 Ounce Bags (Pack of 3)

This dark roasted version of our Brazilian Santos coffee brings a fuller, richer flavor to this low acid bean. Because of the inherent “softness” of this Brazilian bean, it prov...

Only $35.85

Why is Whole Bean Coffee Better Than Ground?

This is a common question that I can't really scientifically answer.  From experience I can say that after grinding, you can smell the freshness of the oils and whatever else being released.  I suspect that this is a large part of the benefit that comes from buying whole bean coffee.

Personally I've found much better flavor and success with whole bean coffees.  It does require an extra step in the morning, but if you have a good coffee grinder it's a breeze.  I'd recommend the Bodum Bistro grinder, which is a bit on the expensive side, but also can produce a very good consistency of ground coffee.

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

Bodum BISTRO Burr Grinder, Electronic Coffee Grinder with Continuously Adjustable Grind, Black

Ask any coffee connoisseur and they'll tell you that in order for coffee beans to develop their full flavor profile, they must be ground right before coming in contact with hot ...

$98.43  $97.44
Bodum BISTRO Blade Grinder, Electric Blade Coffee Grinder, Black

There's more to great coffee than choosing exquisite beans and the right brewing method. Freshly grinding the beans right before they come in contact with hot water makes the di...

$21.95  $21.24
Updated: 01/28/2012, jgran
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