Sant'Eustachio Coffee - 8 oz.Meadows Market
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For three generations and over 70 years, Sant'Eustachio has made coffee for Romans, Italian celebrities, politicians and savvy coffee conoisseurs. The Ricci family continues to guard its secret time-tested methods of roasting this legendary coffee.
The roasting of the beans occurs in natural wood-burning machines, and diligently overseen by the Ricci brothers themselves. No other coffees can compare to Sant'Eustachio's slow wood-roasting. The low temperatures in the wood machine coaxe unique flavors from the beans and the wood gives subtle notes of smoke, as well as a gentle sweetness to the cup.
A result of the extensive traveling of Roberto Ricci, the special blend of the coffee is as important as the roast. Every year he selects the perfect mixture of 100% Arabica beans such as Ecuadorian Maragogype, green-tipped Bourbon from Saint Helena, or the rich beans from the Galapagos Island of San Cristobal.
Sant'Eustachio has made a commitment to using the highest percentage of fair-traded beans in their blend. The Ricci family invests in farmers who keep all-organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly farming.
Please note: Unique to this roaster, its cans have imprinted on them a phrase you can disregard that says "Low Caffeine." They're actually regular caffeine. Caffe Sant Eustachio imprints that because it is comparing itself to other Italian espressos that ordinarily have some Robusta beans and hence more caffeine. The caffeine of this 100% Arabica is the same as other 100% arabica espressos.
Enjoy the Dolce Vita! Sant'Eustachio il Caffè from Rome!
Enjoy the Dolce Vita! Sant'Eustachio il Caffè from Rome!
Whole Bean: for those who like to grind their own coffee. Conical burr grinders are recommended over blade grinders for an even consistency to the coffee grinds, and better flavor in the cup. French Press lovers should course-grind whole beans.
Filter/Moka Grind: for those who use American style drip coffee makers. This is the coarsest grind available in the can, and delivers the mildest cup of coffee. For a more robust taste in the cup, try the Moka grind or Espresso grind in your drip coffee maker.
Espresso Grind: the finest grind, for those who use professional espresso machines at home. Espresso grind, when used in drip filter makers, delivers the most robust cup from a drip machine (there is more surface area to the grinds to react with the water).
Coarse Grind: For those who use a French press.
"Say Rome to me and first thoughts turn to the always jammed Sant'Eustachio il Caffè, around the corner from the Pantheon in the heart of the city, the coffee bar that I still consider the city's best."
Mimi Sheraton, food critic for The New York Times, 2006
It's not a bad coffee, it just can't compete with roast to order in my opinion. See here for a more through review: http://www.roaste.com/CoffeeBlogs/Karrde/What-Im-Drinking-SantEustachio
I like the unique nature and story of this coffee and thats why I had purchased it to try. I used a french press to make sure I was extracting the full flavor from it, and I have to say upon first sip I thought it was just ok. There were some smoky notes to it, but overall I thought it was a bit dry for my tastes. I like waking up in the morning and smelling a sweet robust roast that I think this coffee was lacking.
First off, I was amazed to see Sant'Eustachio sold in the US. It's a pit stop every time I go to Rome, hence I pleasure I can enjoy once or twice a year. I immediately started a ROASTe VIP Club, and awaited its first arrival. If only I could make at home that coffee ... Therefore, huge expectations. It's still one the best espressos I had at home, but still not totally satisfied, hence the 4 cups. I tried to perfect the grind with my Nuova Simonelli Grinta, and trying to get my NS Oscar to make a cup of pure (or almost) crema, which hopefully will also enhance the flavor. We'll see ...
I purchased three different kinds of espresso beans to find a favorite order on a regular basis. I made a shot of each and sampled... like a wine tasting! (Ranked below)
1. Sant'Eustachio Coffee - 8 oz.
2. Vivace Espresso Dolce Coffee - 1 lb.
3. Klatch Belle Espresso Coffee - 12 oz.
The Sant'Eustachio was my favorite. The wood roasting really shines through, and was much tastier than the others. In addition, the first shot brewed from this 8oz can was as good as the last. I've set this coffee as my auto ship!
I live in Rome and spend 3 months out of the year in San Francisco (my hometown). Walking into Piazza Sant'Eustachio each day as I go about my life is an American dream. Not only is this coffee a basic staple, the history and aesthetics of its existence make drinking this "che bomba"!
I bought a can at a different place and it was expired. Getting YOURS and it being FRESH and such a breath of fresh air. I love it. I bought a whole case. The taste reminds me of being in Italy. Thank you for the free shipping because of the purchase of 6 cans (case)
Responding to a recent reviewer: Sant'Eustachio espresso has the SAME caffeine level as other high quality 100% Arabica espressos. Sant Eustachio simply states on their label that their coffee is "naturally low in caffeine" to drive home the point that they use only the very highest quality Arabica beans available on the world market each year and no Robusta coffee beans. The average Robusta bean has about twice the level of caffeine as the Arabica bean, and is generally much lower in price. Some great Italian coffee producers do mix a small percentage of good quality Robusta beans with Arabica beans in their blends, as some people prefer the taste, but in general most Italians are looking for "a little hit", not "a major buzz" from their coffee. It's really all a matter of personal taste. You can buy from us with confidence through ROASTe.
Based on the reviews, I expected much more from this one. Overall my espressos were good, just not the "great" that I hoped for. Maybe it's because I prefer a bolder taste but honestly, it just didn't separate itself from the pack when compared to higher production, easier to find Italians (Lavazza, etc).
I was disappointed that the ROASTe site did not mention that this is a low caffeine blend, even though it's stated on the package. The coffee was not bold enough for my taste. I don't want to have to brew multiple cups of coffee to get my morning "fix." I asked for coarse grind, but felt that I received fine grind. The 8 oz canister only lasted about 1 to 1.5 weeks. The coffee smoothness and aroma are excellent, but a better choice for those who prefer a low-caffeine blend.
Edit: ROASTe has now updated its description of this product and says to disregard the "low caffeine" phrase on the canister.
After much experimenting, this is as close as we can find to the wonderful coffee we drink during our trips to Italy. Of course, despite valiant efforts and good equipment (Baratza Virtuoso Grinder and Technivorm-Moccamaster), it will never be exactly the same as what the masters prepare for us there; nevertheless, this is definitely a very nice cup, with a fine balance of sweet, smokey, and earthy flavors; a creamy mouthfeel; and just the right touch of bitterness. We are very happy with this coffee.
Although this coffee comes as if it is ready for an espresso maker vs. a regular coffee maker.. it just takes a little less grounds to make a great tasting cup. I use a French press and get a nice aromatic cup in the morning!
I got addicted to this coffee after bringing beans back with us from Rome a few years back. I savored every bean and was heartbroken when my grinder found itself working on domestic beans. I was so happy to discover that Roaste could bring back my memories of Rome and my delicious coffee with the click of a keystroke. I had tried various coffee brands, locally and shipped, but nothing matched the smooth flavor and wonderful aroma of these beans. I was initially surprised by the color of the beans but then realized that the wood roasting probably accounted for the change, and the added deliciousness of the product. My favorite coffee by far.
We love the Sant'Eustachio coffee. It is delicious as cappucino or expresso. There is no bitter taste. Everytime we enjoy this roast we are reminded of the cafe/coffee bar in Roma with the same name. Thank you Roast e for supplying us with such a delight!
You haven't had coffee until you've partaken Sant'Eustachio. It's so good even the "New York Times" put out an article extolling the virtues of this coffee and its cafe seated a quarter of the globe away. If you can't sit outside in the plaza right by the cathedral, you can at least have the ambrosio that is this coffee wonderfully supplied by Meadows Market.
Wow! Just as good as I remembered from the small place near the Pantheon in Rome. Some friends had just returned and brought me a can of the beans, so I got on the net and tried to find it here in the States. Good work ROASTe, I'll be ordering more and more and more and more. . .
Dont get me wrong with the 3/5 ranking but I guess I was expecting a lot more with such awesome reviews form everyone. This is still a positve review as if I had tasted this without reading all the reviews, I would be satisfied, but again I was expecting fireworks and all I got was a spark.
I specified whole bean and they sent me pre-ground filter coffee instead. A major disappointment. Thankfully, after some back-and-forth, they corrected my order and I got the right coffee format.
Even so, and as much as I appreciated the rarity of accessing this coffee, and as much as I am a fan of the Ricci brothers behind this place, the coffee itself is just more proof that you cannot export roasted coffee across national borders with much of any quality preserved. This has always been true with even the most quality-conscious brands, such as Illy. And it proves itself again here.
Unfortunately, most of the other reviews here seem a bit too blinded by nostalgia to acknowledge this exported coffee's major shortcomings -- especially if you compare it to most locally roasted offerings.
The coffee has a good wood-roast smell and flavor when you open the can... something that will take you back to the uniqueness of this great Roman café. But the beans seem to almost suffer from a sort of rot: the flavor seems leeched out of the beans, they have a rather chalky texture for coffee beans, and I could not get them to perform well under a variety of processing methods. In particular, any espresso production had the minimalist faint of crema -- reflecting the age of the roast. I could not get inspired enough to finish this can before my attention shifted to much better options.
If nostalgia gets the best of you, it's worth a purchase. But before you shell out for more than one can of these beans, I recommend that you put it towards airfare to Rome instead. I've tasted hundreds of different roasted coffees and the espresso at over a thousand cafés worldwide, and I simply cannot recommend this coffee for retail purchase.
...very distinctive sweet/smokey flavor...first up, I tried it at an espresso grind for some lattes....a good mix with frothed milk and it delivered a very merry, delicious drink...
...next up....regular grind for drip coffee...wow, it was stronger than I had perceived...even though it says it is low in cafrfeine, it still delivers quite a bit of colorful flavor...
...I really think anyone who tries this...will find it to be worth the money and hey, it comes in a cool circular tin...that makes it very unique and special to have displayed alongside your coffee bar...
I read about this coffee in the Boston Globe, and it was given a terrific review. The reviewer said that the espresso machine does not matter nearly as much as the quality of the coffee beans. Even with a cheap espresso machine, if you use this coffee, you will get a great tasting drink. The even grind of the coffee, the article says, is perfect for releasing all of the flavors.
This is unlike any coffee I've had before. I am still trying to get the right amount in a 9-cup Bialetti so that I thoroughly enjoy it. I guess the way I'd describe the flavor is relatively high in acidity but with slightly sweet and smoky notes that balance out the acidity.
I normally use a french press but I think this is too finely ground for that, although I may give it a try.
I bought the coffee last week and I was pleasantly surprised on how great it tasted. I didn't realize I was getting the sale price or else I would have ordered more!! My only regret is that it is not readily available except online. So when you run out you have to wait for another shipment.
A recent article in "The Boston Globe" written by Ike DeLorenzo entitled "High-quality espresso from low end machines"
rekindled my interest in making espresso at home. DeLorenzo argues that what matters most in making high quality espresso is:
* the quality of the coffee
* the uniformity and fineness of the grind
* proper tamping.
Use a high quality coffee that has been properly ground, fill the portafilter correctly, properly tamp the grind, and you can make excellent espresso, even with a low end machine.
Sant'Eustachio was one of the two coffees he states make "spectacular" espresso. DeLorenzo is correct. The espresso made using pre-ground Sant'Eustachio and an ancient Starbucks Porteo machine was wonderful: It was not bitter and had a creamy after taste.
DeLorenzo observes that most inexpensive coffee grinders fail to make a proper espresso grind that is both fine enough and uniform enough. He suggests buying pre-ground Italian espresso. Once again he is correct.
I purchased a can of Sant'Eustachio Wood Roasted Coffee fine ground.
I prepared the coffee in a Krups espresso machine. The aroma was much the same as other gas roasted coffees and I failed to discern any difference. The color was a rich brown color brightened by the crema and the flavor was rich and robust.
Sant 'Eustachio wood roasted coffee made and served a home cannot match the mystique of the fresh roasted coffee or flavor as sense in the shop in Rome. Yes it may be the water, but I suspect the canned version of the coffee has lost much of it's essence in the canning process.
My husband and I made several stops at the cafe when in Rome, because "when in Rome..." (many locals go here). We brought back some of the coffee but recently ran out - very glad I could get this easily as it is one of our favorite coffees in the world!
I had some yesterday afternoon and then again this morning and it was so perfectly roasted, great for anytime of the day. It was hearty, but not overpowering, with soft aromas. The best part was the delicious bittersweet undertone and deep rich body, all displayed in a subtle manner. A great gift for the novis to serious coffee drinker.