Perugia Blend by Torrefazione Italia Review | CoffeeReview.com
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  • Torrefazione Italia

    Seattle, Washington
  • Perugia Blend

Roast: Dark Review Date: February 2004
Origin: Not disclosed Price: NA
 

Blind Assessment: This well-known blend, which attracted high ratings in previous Coffee Review tastings, mildly disappointed in this incarnation (Willem 84, Ken 84). Aroma fared well enough. For Willem it was "elegant, complex[ly] floral," for Ken "sweet, rich, with papaya and perhaps mint." Both found the small cup imbalanced, however. Willem described it as "acidy [and] spicy," Ken as "heavily pungent with aromatic wood notes." This imbalance predictably softened in milk: "Much better with milk than without" Willem concluded, although Ken felt the presence in milk was substantial but "rather ponderous with a woody finish."

Notes: Torrefazione Italia is a distinguished and innovating espresso roaster with Italian roots founded in 1986 but now owned via a complicated set of transactions by Starbucks. Perugia is one of its medium- (by espresso standards) roasted blends. Visit www.titalia.com or call 800-827-2333 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Either Starbucks, the new owner of the Torrefazione brand, has already cheapened this blend, or we just happened to buy a partly stale or substandard bag for this tasting. Let's hope it's staling and not Starbucks. This blend's distinguished history and many admirers make it deserving of preservation.

AROMA:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:6
AFTERTASTE:6
WITH MILK:7
AGTRON:35/46


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