Readers Review: Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate
So, if you missed our review of Stomping Grounds Concentrate; click here. Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrates come in 4 varieties and are sold a retailers across the country - Amazon, Cost Plus Markets, and some select Whole Foods stores as well as their own Stomping Grounds website. Well, as we posted our review, the Marketing Chief offered our readers a free sample if they would post a review. A review came in from a reader Greg who said:
I just recieved (9/23) the Espresso flavor. Mixed it up according to the directions (I used skim milk) popped it in the the microwave... it was great. Very, very nice flavor, smoky, smooth not harsh or bitter. My wife and I loved it and I guess we have a new addiction. :-)
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Posted by Scott Martin at September 25, 2006 11:35 AM
I received a sample of the vanilla flavor. I thought it was very good. I especially liked it cold over ice or as a coffee smoothie. It was very flavorful, not to sweet and smooth. I hope distrubition improves in the Atlanta area. Looks like Cost Plus is my only option that is not to far.
I received my Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate sample from the offer posted on singleserveespresso.com and got right to work mixing up a cold latte, 1/3 concentrate to 2/3 milk.
As a point of reference, my daily staple most of the year is 4 shots of espresso in a 12oz. glass topped with cold 1% milk. If I don't have time to make it, I'll do the drive-thru at FourBucks for a Venti Iced Non-Fat Latte. In the winter time, it's the hot (steamed milk) versions. If all else fails, it's black coffee, the bolder the better.
I found that the Stomping Grounds Latte was quite good. So good in fact, that I've secured a good stash of the Espresso Concentrate from my local World Market for those days when I'm too rushed to make the real thing. I've also picked up the Vanilla and Caramel flavors and enjoy them too.
No more trips to FourBucks. I'm saving $3.00 per serving by using the Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate instead of the Venti Iced Non-Fat Latte from the drive-thru.
Being a "bold" person, I did find the flavor a little weak to my norms. I've grown accustomed to the somewhat burnt flavor of Starbucks and the dark roasts I use. Therefore, I've upped the mix to more of a 50/50.
The only other downside for me is that I prefer no sweetness (and sugar). There is a little bit of sweetness in the Espresso Concentrate and a bit more in the Vanilla and Caramel. I'm hopeful that a sugar-free version (sweetness free would be even better) is made available some day. I like my espresso bold without any sweetness.
Overall, I think most people would find the Stomping Grounds Espresso Concentrate and the flavored varieties quite enjoyable. I like them, along with the time and money I save in the morning to get my caffeine buzz.