Coffee Review - Apollo Espresso by Counter Culture Coffee
  • Counter Culture Coffee

    Durham, North Carolina
  • Apollo

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: September 2010
Origin: Honduras; Ethiopia. Price: $11.85/12 oz.

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. For both Ken (93) and co-taster Andy Newbom (93) softly complex fruit, floral and citrus were the main themes here, with the most distinctive nuance the sweet, rich character of the citrus. Andy described it in multiple ways, from "citrus jelly" to "chiffony and meringuey" in the small cup to "lemon curd" in four parts milk. Ken also cited a backgrounded crisp cocoa that supported the pervasive lemony richness. Probably best as a straight shot, but successfully imposed its citrusy elegance on tall milk.

Notes: Apollo is Counter Culture's "seasonal approach to handcrafted espresso." The components of this blend will change periodically throughout the year; we evaluated version 1.1. For the most up-to-date information on Apollo, visit the blog Counter Culture is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit or call 888-238-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Distinctive and original. The softly acidy lemon character of the green coffee is brilliantly interpreted in an espresso format.


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