My experience with D’Aquino was mostly bad though still somewhat interesting.
I prefer not to be negative but, honestly, an overall grade of ‘D’ would be generous for this coffee.
As I broke the seal for the first time, it smelled like stinky feet. Not wanting to jump to any rash conclusion, I went and brewed me a pot. After brewing, the aroma changed to charred gym socks. I don’t know if sitting on the shelf will eventually make a coffee smell like feet, but I doubt it. I don’t think D’Aquino can use the “coffee went bad sitting on the shelf” excuse.
By itself, the D’Aquino tastes like burnt, nutty popcorn. Practically undrinkable. I really needed coffee, though (work day) so I drowned it with milk and sugar and choked down a large mug’s worth.
I found D’Aquino’s Caffe Espresso on the bottom shelf of Trader Joe’s coffee section for six or seven bucks. I now understand that this was was strategic product placement.
Funny thing: I ended up having a really great day. I felt relaxed, quick and clear-headed from the moment I went into work. Can’t complain about that, but I’ll probably still throw out the rest of this can-o-coffee.