Coffee Review - French Roast from Don Francisco's Coffee
Roast: Very-Dark Review Date: May 2010
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $7.75/12 oz.

Blind Assessment: Unusually smooth ultra-dark roast. Intense, sweetly pungent aroma: aromatic wood, raisin, nut, dark chocolate. In the cup lightly syrupy mouthfeel, muted bitterness, considerable sweetness, dark chocolate, raisin, nut, a suggestion of charred wood. Only a hint of roasty astringency surfaces in an otherwise sweet-toned, rich finish with convincing chocolate allusions.

Notes: "French" has become the accepted term among North-American roasters to describe the darkest possible degree of roast. Don Francisco's is the upscale specialty coffee line of F. Gavina & Sons, the large, family-owned-and-operated roasting company in the Los Angeles area. Don Francisco's is named after Francisco Gavina, the Cuban-born father of the Gavina clan. Visit or call 800-428-4627 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Ultra-dark roast almost free of astringent sharpness but displaying the pungent intensity lovers of the type enjoy.


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