Don Giovanni's Espresso Bellissimo by Martinez Fine Coffees Review |
  • Martinez Fine Coffees

    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Don Giovanni's Espresso Bellissimo

Roast: Very-Dark Review Date: May 2009
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Co-taster Byron Holcomb (92) particularly admired the aroma of this espresso, remarking on "distinct notes of saffron, carrots and pistachio." Both Ken (90) and Byron enjoyed the lightly syrupy, cohesive mouthfeel. Both offered approving descriptors for an unusual flavor complex that Byron described as dry flowers and Ken as anise and herb. In milk Byron found the light, complexly sweet flavor of tres leches cake; Ken may have found that too if he had thought of it, but left to himself he settled on a floral/fruit-toned chocolate.

Notes: Don Giovanni's Espresso Bellissimo was awarded a Grand Gold Medal at the 2005 Monde Selection competition of the International Quality Institute. Martinez Fine Coffees specializes mainly in elite single-origin coffees. The firm was founded in 1988 by the distinguished Jamaican-born coffee man John Martinez. Visit or call 800-642-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of tres leches desserts and those who enjoy subtle but original aromatics and smooth mouthfeel in the small cup.


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