Coffee Review: 1936 Espresso by Fernwood Coffee Company

I’m currently jamming out to the old songs that I used to listen to in my teens… and I’ve realized something important. They sound so much better with a cup of coffee and a vacuum in hand. Not saying that they cannot be enjoyed on their own, far from it! It just feels right to be doing those things all at once.

Lately, we’ve been trying out Fernwood roaster’s coffee out, by suggestion from our friends at the Shaughnessy Café… So far, I’m not impressed.

It was suggested to me as a bold, rich, and strong coffee, especially made for espressos, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Fernwood Coffee Company

Here’s a bit of an overview of Fernwood Coffee, located in Victoria, this coffee community believes that “coffee is a way to engage community, connect to place, and to build relationships”. They hand craft and roast what they call the finest coffees, and experiment to highlight the best that each carefully sourced coffee has to offer.

Available blends: they source a variety of single origin and blends of coffee, so its worth your time to peruse their website, or find them in stores!

Ground options: whole bean (online), whole bean or ground in store

Purchase options: 340g of the 1936 Espresso retails at 16$, which is a decent price for that size of bag.

They describe the 1936 Espresso as “decadent and full bodied cup with a sweet, bright acidity and notes of peach in the finish.”; it is a blend of Ethiopian and Brazilian coffees.

Our rating of Fernwood Coffee 1936 Espresso

Sometimes, I should trust my own gut when I go to buy coffee. I chatted with some baristas at the coffee shop where I bought this, and they suggested if I liked bold, but rich and smooth espresso, with less flowery notes, to go with this roast.

I am quite disappointed, in all honesty. I don’t like writing negative reviews, since it’s never fun, but I’m also not going to lie about it. I wouldn’t be offering this coffee to anyone. Marie and I drank if for the past two weeks, and it was a tough pill to swallow. It is extremely acidic and bitter, and leaves a strong after taste; not only black. We tried it in lattes as well, and played around with the quantity of coffee and grind coarseness to see if this would diminish the bitterness of it…to no avail.

Preparation: 15-18g of ground coffee extracted for 25 seconds (we’ve tried various combinations to see if there was a difference), followed by 2% foamed lactose-free milk.

End results: Sometimes, things that come in pretty packaging aren’t necessarily the best. So unless you enjoy acidic and bitter coffee, I wouldn’t recommend purchasing this blend.

I guess that it’s also important to note that asking for advice when choosing coffee is important, but having a knowledgeable barista is even more important. I do strongly believe that this barista didn’t know his coffee well enough when suggesting it, since had he listened to my likes/dislikes, I’m fairly certain he could have picked out something much more appropriate.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Just some guy says:

    This is my favorite coffee in the world. Different strokes, I suppose.


    1. Exactly! I’d be open to trying it again when at a coffee shop, but just not having it on a daily basis! You should try the Phil & Sebastian Antigua Small Farms/Guatemala… it has a very similar profile!


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