Coffee Review - Cafe Solano by Peet's Coffee
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea

    Berkeley, California
  • Cafe Solano

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: February 2012
Origin: Africa; the Americas; Indonesia Price: $11.99/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Balanced, quietly rich: orangy citrus and pungent berry, rounded by a caramelly cocoa in aroma and cup. Gentle, complexly expressed acidity; smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish fades rather quickly.

Notes: One of two brand-complicating medium-roasted blends introduced in 2011 by Peet’s Coffee, hitherto famous for its commitment to a signature pungently rich, dark-roast style. This blend, described as “Lively and Aromatic” on the bag, is named for Solano Avenue, the locally famous shopping street and restaurant row where loyalists gather at one of Peet’s oldest cafés. Visit or call 800-999-2132 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A versatile cup with quiet, balanced authority.


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