Back to Taylors this week, and back to the medium side of their range.


This is Cafe Imperial, a strength 3 blend that has been served in Betty’s Tea Rooms for over 40 years.

The grounds have a surprisingly rich roast aroma, but still light with a fresh, tart citrus fruit undercurrent.

Brewed, the richness is reduced and there’s more of a bitter tone โ€“ the citrus fruit also comes through more strongly.

On tasting, it has a slight edge of bitterness without the strength of roast flavours that you might expect from a medium strength coffee โ€“ however, it definitely has a richer, fuller mouthfeel which is very pleasant. There are notes of light fruit in the flavour as well, not just in the aroma, and the finish is a little dry.

Overall, a nice coffee which has a good deal to offer given it’s strength โ€“ reflected in the fact that our work coffee club gave it one of the highest rankings for a strength 3 coffee from Taylors (and we liked our coffee strong).

After several cups, I think this coffee deserves 3 stars.

Many thanks to Taylors for supplying this coffee to sample.

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