I am on a quest. Have been ever since I started vaping. A quest for the perfect coffee flavored ejuice. Allow me to qualify that word “perfect.” I mean perfect for my taste buds. I like coffee, enjoy it all day long. Who knows, I may be addicted. There have been times when I’ve fancied myself something of a coffee connoisseur, a snob even. And while I can tell the difference between quite a few varieties of coffee, you really have to majorly mess up a cup of coffee for me to refuse it.
I like those fancy flavored coffees from Starbucks, like caramel macchiato, the occasional espresso, even coffee with butter from grass-fed cows. But my “perfect” cup of coffee is a medium roast cup of plain black coffee. That’s my go-to all day drink. That flavor is the object of my quest for the perfect coffee flavored ejuice.
That quest still continues. But during my search I’ve come across a number of wonderful coffee based ejuices that, while not my “perfect” flavor, are exceptionally good. The Grind from DuraSmoke is one of them. DuraSmoke describes The Grind saying, “Coffee flavors can be a hit or miss but this one is a homerun. This isn’t quite a coffee…because we’e made it with the sweet taste of Bailey’s! That’s right…Irish coffee you can vape! This has a great coffee flavor with a sweet cream and caramel mix.”
The American eLiquid Store website says, “The Grind is a delicious caramel macchiato blend with just a touch of that espresso taste for an authentic coffeehouse feel. Just what you need to put your head down and get through this all day vape. The Grind is the perfect balance of coffee and caramel, with a touch of cream that will make it your very favorite coffee flavored eliquid.”
The Numbers As Tested
Nicotine Level 6 MG
PG/VG Ratio Max VG
The Grind is one of the flavors in the new Nine2Five premium line from DuraSmoke. Their website says the Nine2Five “flavors are strong and not only vape well in a tank but hit the mark perfectly when you drip.” They got that right, at least about The Grind, the first of the Nine2Five line I’ve tried. This is an intense flavor.
On the inhale the first note is that of a darkly roasted coffee brewed to be strong and full-bodied, like espresso. That’s followed by the sweet essence of caramel. On the exhale the coffee remains, but it’s tempered a little with a lighter cream taste that’s slightly sweet. The vapor is warm and smooth and the throat hit is squarely in the medium range. The aroma is that of a strong cup of coffee with creamy caramel.
I vaped The Grind for two days. That very first vape caught me a little by surprise, it was intensely dark. The longer I vaped it the more I warmed up to it and came to appreciate the nuances of the blend. I especially enjoyed it in the evening, oddly enough with a cup of black coffee, which seemed to really bring out that primary coffee note.
As the DuraSmoke description of The Grind says, “this isn’t quite a coffee,” but it is quite good, a caramel, cream, coffee blend that’s worth taking the time to appreciate.
American eLiquid Store offers The Grind in 15 ml glass dripper bottles for $12.99. Available nicotine levels are 0 MG, 3 MG, 6 MG, 12 MG and 18 MG. All the flavors in the Nine2Five line come in a Max VG mix.
I vaped The Grind in a Kangertech Subtank Plus on an Eleaf iStick 50 Watt. American eLiquid Store provided the bottle of The Grind I sampled for the purpose of this review.
Order The Grind from American eLiquid Store
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