Espresso Maximo is by far our most popular espresso and our company favorite! We roast it to a medium-dark color which allows all of the bold flavors to come forth. This espresso is sweet with notes of chocolate and caramel throughout the cup. More subtle notes of graham cracker and cherry make an appearance, but the sweetness is by far the dominant flavor in Maximo. Espresso Maximo produces an incredible crema, with its velvety, caramel color and a rich, sweet flavor.
Roast Color: Medium-Dark
Cupping Notes: Caramel, Milk Chocolate, Graham Cracker
Story: In 2003, Shaun joined McLaughlin Coffee in a full-time role. One of his first projects was to work with Mike to create a new espresso blend that would stand on its own as an outstanding espresso. They were looking for something smooth and chocolatey that would appeal to the straight-up espresso connoisseur. From that Espresso Maximo® was born. Espresso Maximo® quickly became our most popular espresso roast and continues to be to this day. Not only does it excel on its own as an espresso, but its creaminess really lends itself to shine in lattes and mochas as well.
Clarification on Label: Espresso Maximo has always been roasted darker than our normal Medium, but not dark enough to be considered Dark. We recently introduced the "Medium-Dark" roast color to clarify the difference. The labels on the Espresso Maximo bags will say "Medium" until we get new label stock printed. Don't worry, it's the same Espresso Maximo that you have grown to love over the last 15+ years!
We have been using ESPRESSO MAXIMO in our Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine exclusively for years because it makes incredible shots with that thick "tiger skin" crema and not a hint of bitterness. I don't think you can get a higher-quality or fresher espresso bean anywhere in the Bay Area. Highly recommend!!
Perfect blend and roast: strong but non-bitter and mild on your palate and stomach; revives me any time of the day but doesn't make me impatient. Good with and without milk. Simply perfect.
I just tried Espresso Maximo for the first time today. I ordered it after reading the other review and am so glad I did. It is delicious. Smooth, strong but not bitter at all. I LOVE it.
We've been buying McLaughlin coffee for a few years now. Our go-to coffee bean is the Espresso Maximo. We try others and love them too, but this is consistently our favorite!!!