Trader Joe’s sells some limoncello – a wonderful Italian lemon liqueur that I use often in recipes - that is not only delicious, but an outstanding value compared to other brands. On a recent trip, I noticed that they had a Coffeecello parked on the shelf next to it, packaged in a similar bottle. Coffeecello is a similarly produce liqueur that is made by infusing espresso-roast Arabica coffee beans into a spirit, then sweetening it into a liqueur. I’ve had many coffee liqueurs and most of them start with a sort of coffee concentrate, rather than with whole beans. The liqueur tastes like very well-sweetened cold brew coffee. It is smooth and rich, with clear chocolate, toffee and roasted hazelnut notes to it and no bitter aftertaste. While it is sweet, it is not cloying and the sweetness is balanced well by the intensity of the coffee. In short, it is delicious.
You could easily sip this over ice (they recommend chilling it before enjoying on the bottle) or drizzled over ice cream. The liqueur could be incorporated into cocktails or desserts, as well, and would make an excellent addition to a tiramisu or brownies. The liqueur is just 26% ABV (similar to other liqueurs, intended to be sipped or incorporated with other ingredients in a drink), so it’s going to provide at least as much buzz from coffee as it is from the alcohol. This bottle was just $7.99 (for 375ml) in my California store and, after tasting it, I have to admit that it seems like a bargain.