Coffee Review - Red Rooster Espresso from Ithaca Coffee
  • Ithaca Coffee

    Ithaca, New York
  • Red Rooster Espresso

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: September 2010
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $12.99/12 oz.

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. In the small cup impressively deep and complex. Co-taster Andy Newbom (92) cited the range and balance of sensation ("intense yet nuanced"; "awesome"); Ken (92) was more specific in his praise of a pungent, slightly savory fruit: "blackcurrant, blackberry, aromatic wood, licorice." Maintains complexity in four parts milk: "chocolaty... completely malty" (Andy), "crisp, butterscotch and caramel" (Ken).

Notes: Fair-Trade certified, meaning the components of this blend were purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. With two locations in the town of Ithaca, the Ithaca Coffee Company offers gift baskets, gourmet food and craft beer in addition to freshly roasted coffee. Visit or call 877-858-2626 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Deep, complex straight espresso that carries its distinction nicely into tall milk.


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