Natural Decaf Espresso by Caribou Coffee Review |
  • Caribou Coffee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Natural Decaf Espresso

Roast: Dark Review Date: March 2007
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: NA

Blind Assessment: A powerful, fruitily complex, syrupy-bodied espresso. Candied fruit and distinct chocolate in the aroma. In the small cup heavy bodied; cedar and orangy fruit notes dominate, with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. At its best in milk, where it is rich, smooth-bodied and balanced, while maintaining a remarkable complexity and a distinct chocolate and spicy orange fruit character.

Notes: The terms "natural" and "chemical free" on the packaging of this blend suggests that this coffee has been decaffeinated either by use of the "natural" solvent ethyl acetate, which is derived from fruit, or by liquefied carbon dioxide. Caribou Coffee is a large (second largest after Starbucks) retail roasting chain based in the upper Middle West whose rather irreverent motto "Life is short. Stay awake for it" belies a serious approach to coffee. Visit or call 888-227-4268 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A fine espresso for with-milk drinks, large and small.


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