There are few times as a cycling reviewer that you are asked to review a coffee, so as a coffee lover, this review was far easier to put together than most others I have done. In fact, I am reviewing as I write with a cup of Chapeau! Fixed Coffee sat next to my computer.
These coffees come in three varieties, Crank, Fixed and Watts. Each is meant to provide a different flavour and power.
I can safely say that each of these coffees were pleasant tasting and great for ether pre or post ride. I personally like to drink deep hydration mixes before I go out, but as a substitute, each of these coffees performed well.
I'll assess each coffee individually, as each has different flavours that will suit different people.
Described as "A rich, sweet and balanced blend of Brazil Monte Cristo & Colombia Las Acacia coffee beans", it is certainly both rich and sweet. The overall flavour is the middle of the three in terms of power, it is pleasant to drink for most coffee drinkers, but the flavours could be stronger.
This may be down to my preference of coffee as I like mine to be strong and full bodied. However, this may be down to my use of a machine rather than a cafetiere, meaning that I was limited in the volume of coffee that I could use.
This is the mildest and smoothest of the three, described as "A bright and fruity blend of Brazil Santa Colomba, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Colombia Las Acacias coffee beans". It is the one that I would have after a long ride where you are looking for a refreshing drink, rather than a full blooded coffee.
Again, like the Crank, I would have liked to have a little more kick, which may have been achieved through adding more coffee to a cafetiere. However, this is not a coffee that is designed to be a pick me up, so this may be the desired flavour and strength for many.
Of the three, this is the strongest coffee and also my personal favourite. It is described as "A strong, chocolatey and full of caffeine blend of Colombia Huila & Uganda Robusta coffee beans" and does fulfil what it claims in being the strongest of the three.
In terms of flavour is has the kick that the other two lack in the quantities that I used which is what I prefer with my coffees. It also provides the extra caffeine that you would want pre-ride, so this was certainly my choice before riding.
The three coffees are nice, but the one aspect that would stop me from buying them regularly is the price. At £5.50 per 250g pack they are expensive for what they are. However, the packaging is great, with what look like paper bags, but with a plastic interior that is resealable to keep the coffee fresh.
However, aside from the pricing, I think that the coffees are pleasant and with the three options available, will have a flavour and hit that a variety of coffee loving cyclists will appreciate.
Nice coffees, but the price may put some off
road.cc test report
Make and model: Chapeau! Watts/Crank/Fixed Coffee
Size tested: 3x250g
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Chapeau! coffee are packs of ground coffee designed for cyclists.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
It is a pre-ground coffee that comes in resealable bags for added freshness.
Bags are well made with a paper look, but plastic lining for freshness. Very innovative.
They taste good and will have at least one flavour that suits most people.
It's coffee, not sure how durable it could be.
At £5.50 it is expensive.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It tasted good, but could do with being a bit stronger.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Watts was my favourite variety, I liked the kick and rich flavour.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I found Crank to be a little weak, but this is personal taste.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Not to my taste.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 27 Height: 6 ft Weight:
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.