Northern Italian Roast Organic by Ecco Caffe Review |
  • Ecco Caffe

    Santa Rosa, California
  • Northern Italian Roast Organic

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: March 2005
Origin: Not Disclosed Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Superb front end to this blend: velvety crema, the aroma deep but delicately and crisply chocolate- and vanilla-toned. In the small cup the body is full, the flavor caramelly and crisp but slightly salty and a bit shallow. Blooms with discreet elegance in milk, complicated by a dry but opulent chocolate.

Notes: All coffees composing this blend are certified organically grown. "Northern Italian Style" is a term American roasters often use to describe espresso blends that consist of naturally sweet, low-acid coffees brought to a relatively lighter roast, as opposed to "Southern Italian Style," a term generally describing espresso blends consisting of sharper coffees brought to a darker roast. I understand that this geographical distinction may not have much relevance any more in Italy, but it is still a useful distinction in the United States as a way of directing coffee drinkers to their preferred style of espresso blend. Ecco Caffe is a tiny, genuinely artisan specialty roaster that specializes in sophisticated, "Northern Italian Style" espresso blends. Visit or call 707-525-9309 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Understated hedonists.


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