Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Viennese Blend – Coffee Taste Test

By | July 21, 2015

I have a confession to make… This review was written about two months ago.

Wow… has it actually been that long? Time just flew by so fast!

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf mugI’m thinking back as to why it’s taken such a long time for me to make new posts. But now I remember! It was at the high point of summer. I live in the Philippines, and this year’s summer reached a high temperature of 41 degrees Celsius or 105 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s a ridiculously hot temperature for us. Add to that the humidity that a tropical country gets, and you’d be surprised to see anyone making coffee, let alone moving at all.

Indoors though, it’s a different story with the malls revving up their air conditioners. So my coffee drinking for this 2015 summer was stuck indoors, and I just kept ordering the Viennese blend of CBTL (Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf).

On to the taste!

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Viennese Blend 1The CBTL Viennese blend profiles this blend as a dark roast with a medium bodied profile with rich flavor hints of chocolate.

As for what I’ve tasted, I thought it was a little stronger than a medium body, but still very nice. The flavor I tasted was an acidic one, something that tasted a little like cherry. As for the hint of chocolate, I don’t think my palate was able to distinguish that taste. Then again I don’t eat a lot of chocolate, so I probably don’t really know what to taste for.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Viennese Blend 2They have a great system where they brew the coffee right when you order it, so the freshness of the coffee is still retained. However, since it’s more of a second wave café, the beans are already ground and in packs. So a cup that I’ve tasted in one store could, and did, taste better than another store, or even from another batch in the same store. But the difference was negligible though, and it only differed in the level of acidity.

Overall, I really liked this blend. This came out as a really good blend that fits any occasion, but I really imagined that this would make a great breakfast blend. Bold enough to wake you up with a good acidic taste.

Score: 4.5/5

I’m giving it a high score, but not a perfect one because we all know that taste profiles differ from one shop to another. I’ve bought this coffee about 5 times throughout these past 2 months, and some branches have made it very well while others have not. That’s the only problem if you don’t make your own coffee. But essentially, at least for me, this is a very good brew.

You can check out this blend, along with a lot of other options at their online store. They currently ship to the US and Canada.


4 thoughts on “Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Viennese Blend – Coffee Taste Test

  1. Ty Jord

    Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, this is a new one for me. I also live in a tropic land and coffee choices are not as big here, but I’m always open-minded to try a new blend. I think this will be an interesting experience for me, thanks for sharing the resource, will check it out though I might have to get an overseas family member to send it.

    Best wishes.

    1. Darwin Post author

      Yeah this is truly a nice blend Ty. Get it when you can, they have seasonal changes in flavors, if I’m not mistaken. Thanks for commenting and enjoy your coffee 🙂

      1. Randyl

        I’m surprised to know you are from our beautiful country Philippines. I haven’t pay too much attention with CBTL coffees, we regularly go there to eat their greek salad. I just normally order the regular brewed coffee.

        1. Darwin Post author

          So we are from the same country then 🙂 That’s really cool to know! When you go for CBTL, try their brewed coffee from time to time. They brew it fresh. And although they’re beans are already pre-grinded, they use nitrogen flushing (or another type) which expels the oxygen from the bags and keeps the contents fresh(ish). I liked the Vienna one so far. Overall though, their brewed coffee and brewed coffee machine has never failed me yet. And for me, that says a lot about their standards for quality (at least in terms of brewed coffee, I’ve already forgotten how their espresso lines tastes since it’s been ages since I last bought one).


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