Espresso Review - Honduras Espresso by Bard Coffee
  • Bard Coffee

    Portland, Maine
  • Honduras El Cielito S.O. Espresso

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: January 2013
Origin: Santa Barbara, Honduras. Price: $16.20/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Intense, complex aroma: cedar, dark chocolate, roasted nut, night-blooming flowers. The aromatics sharpen in the small cup; the flowers turn toward anise and the cedar note dominates. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; rich, buttery finish. Paradoxically turns rather bitter and dry in two parts milk, but softens and sweetens in longer milk, which develops the dark chocolate note while maintaining some deepening memory of cedar and anise.

Notes: This lot is comprised entirely of the Pacas variety of Arabica, a selection of the heirloom Bourbon variety. A coffee from Bertilio Portillo’s farm won the Cup of Excellence juried competition for Honduras green coffees in 2009. Bard Coffee is a coffeehouse and roasting company based in Portland, Maine, focused on distinctive single-origin coffees. Bard Coffee is co-owned by Bob Garver, founder of Wicked Joe coffee and a frequent judge at barista competitions in the United States and internationally. Visit or call 207-899-4788 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Does well as a briskly aromatic straight shot and as an authoritative, chocolaty presence in longer milk drinks.


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