Daterra Reserve by Ecco Caffe Review |
  • Ecco Caffe

    Santa Rosa, California
  • Daterra Reserve

Roast: Medium Review Date: September 2005
Origin: Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil Price: $14.95/16oz

Blind Assessment: Both Ken and co-taster Ted Lingle remarked on the "lush but elegant" (Ken) aroma and fat, buttery body of this single-origin espresso. In the small cup, dry berry notes and semi-sweet chocolate. Blooms sweetly and richly in milk. Ken found the flavor in cup and milk a bit too simple, limiting his score to a 90, but for Ted the profile throughout was complete, classic, and worth a resounding 95. Nominating reader Teri Bolla clearly agrees with Ted: "incredibly balanced, round, extremely smooth, shows total finesse, abundant chocolate...thick and rich on the palate."

Notes: Daterra is a large, technically sophisticated producer of extremely refined coffees in Brazil's relatively recently developed Cerrado growing region. This lot is from the 2004 crop. Ecco Caffe is a tiny, genuinely artisan specialty roaster that specializes in relatively light-roasted, "Northern Italian Style" espressos. Visit or call 707-525-9309 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Refined romanticists.


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