March 27, 2013

Review: Aromo ESE Espresso Pods - Boost, Bounce, Buzz and Buzz Lite


As the snow clears off our deck, and the weather turns warm here near Boston, it's a great time to enjoy a new set of espresso pods and take in the change of seasons. Today we take a look at the Aromo ESE Espresso Pods that were sent over a few weeks back to us here at Single Serve Espresso.

Aromo covers a good space with their four different pods, including a decaf version. With a lighter blend (Buzz) to a full bodied, and complex blend (Boost), I think most espresso lovers will find something they like.

To try the range, I got one of their samplers with a nice selection of their four blends; they have a couple of different ways to try out their blend and roasting expertise. A Mixed Up sampler with 18 total pods, or a special Free sampler (just pay shipping) with a pair of all four blends. The folks at Aromo provided us the Mixed Up sampler for this review - enough for a couple of weeks' worth of espresso drink in' fun.

ESE Pods - Easy to enjoy

Recall the ESE Pod is an easy way to enjoy espresso in machines that have the ESE Pod adapter for their portafilter - most consumer espresso machines come with them. The pods are made, and foil wrapped in a pouch for convenience . Aromo can ship smaller, 18-packs for those in short-term relationships, as well as fully committed 100-packs that should last a while.

I like the ease of use, and the quick clean-up. The ESE pods make espresso something I can do in the morning or in a pinch later in the day. No grinding, no mess; rip open the pouch, put the pod in the portafilter, crank it on the machine and you are ready to go. There are folks who are not interested in pre-packaged espresso, and I can understand that, but for me, I just don't have the time in the morning to do the whole routine, but I do have the time to enjoy a shot; that's why ESE Pods work for me.

Brewing the Aromo ESE Pods

For this review, I used a Cuisinart EM200 machine for this review - it's a good go-to brewer, with plenty of brewing and heating power for my espresso.

Across the last two weeks, I have been having about a shot a day of the Aromo espresso pods, and have really enjoyed them. Overall, there is a good balance of body, acidity and roast that really screams espresso here. when you open the pouches, the coffee aroma of the pods is good; not stale with a rich chocolate and deep roasted smell that is inviting and worth a quid check each and every time.


Good Dark espresso, with a decent nice layer

My Take on the individual ESE Pods are:

Bounce - Aromo's most popular blend is a dark earthy aroma with a lingering coffee bitterness that balances out the slight acidity. Good balance and overall body.

Boost - smooth flavor profile with a dark chocolate note and easy finish with less bitterness as Bounce.

Buzz - solidly dark espresso blend with a mild acidity and a clean finish. This is a lighter overall flavor intensity than Bounce or Boost.

Buzz Lite - this is a formidable decaffeinated variety with a strong up-front flavor, and a light back-end that comes with most decafs. This has a bright acidity.

Review Summary

After drinking the Cafe Aromo espressos for a few weeks, I would absolutely recommend a sampler to see what you like. The blends are good, with come complex flavors, and a nice rounded flavor profile. While the espressos are dark, they are not over-roasted to the point of losing flavor, complexity or balance. I liked all of them, and liked the Boost the most. It tends to fit my taste best, which is geared towards full-bodied slightly acidic blends with a hint of robusta in the finish.

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Posted by Scott Martin at March 27, 2013 9:26 PM
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