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It amuses and horrifies me that my unabashed love of bacon has inspired people to alert me when they find things like this.
Seriously, bacon coffee? I was simultaneously aghast and intrigued. I’ve learned the hard way that just because something can be made to taste like bacon doesn’t mean that it should. As much as I love coffee and as much as I love bacon, I have never once had a craving to combine them. But far be it for me to turn down trying a bacon-flavored product. So I clicked over to Boca Java’s website and bought a bag of their maple bacon flavored coffee. In 5-7 business days, it arrived.
“Oh, I don’t like the smell of that at all!” was WonderWife’s™ reaction immediately after I opened the bag. She has the olfactory senses of a championship bloodhound. She also has no sense of adventure.
Honestly, the beans did have a smell that reminded me a bit of the bacon vodka but that didn’t stop me from busting out the percolator. (Yes, I use an old school percolator to brew my coffee. It rocks!) When the java was done, I poured it into a mug and took a big whiff.
“It smells like coffee,” I told WW™.
“It smells offensive,” she said dismissively.
I can’t stand hot so it usually takes 20 minutes after my coffee is poured before it’s cool enough for me to drink. This meant that I would be sampling bacon coffee en route to work. Stuck in traffic, I figured it might be a good time to take a sip.
Know what? Bacon coffee isn’t bad. The Boca Java coffee is rich and has a bold flavor. It’s strong, but not over-roasted like they way it is at the coffee behemoth. However, the bacon taste isn’t very present. There is a hint of smokiness and a little bit of sweet at the back, but if you were to give me this coffee blind I’m not sure I would be able to tell you that it was bacon flavored.
At the end of the day the great bacon coffee experiment is kind of a wash. Boca Java’s coffee is really good and the bacon is subtle enough that I would order it again. But if you’re looking for a true bacon coffee experience, you’re better off frying up a few slices and dunking them into a cup o’ joe.