Espresso Paladino by Zoka Coffee Roasters Review |
  • Zoka Coffee Roasters

    Seattle, Washington
  • Espresso Paladino

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: February 2004
Origin: Espresso Blend Price: $12.95/16oz

Blind Assessment: Willem: "Blossom-like, peppery aroma, just like the roses from my 50+year-old rose tree! Mild sweet flavor with lingering floral aftertaste. Excellent caramel complexity with milk. I loved it." (92) What for Willem was peppery and blossom-like, for Ken was spicy and fruity in the aroma and smokily fruity in the small cup. Ken wanted more sweetness in the demitasse but in milk praised this blend as "sweet, crisp and cherry-like edging toward chocolate." (89).

Notes: In the few years since its founding in 1996 by Jeff Babcock and coffee legend Tim McCormack (early Starbucks, Caravali Coffee), Zoka has developed into an influential quality leader in small-batch espresso roasting and espresso education. Zoka has taken the lead in preparing American competitors for success in the new world of national and international barista championships. Zoka master barista Dismas Smith recently won the North American barista championship using a Zoka blend. For more information, visit, call 206-545-4313, or shop online at

Who Should Drink It: Those who do straight shots and short milk drinks should enjoy this blend's finely understated complexity.


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