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A.R.C.

“Chocolate” Espresso Blend

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Origin: Not disclosed

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: HKD $140/454 grams

Review Date: November 2017

Agtron: 52/66

Aroma: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 7

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet-tart, wood-framed. Dark chocolate, tangerine zest, fir, hazelnut, a hint of flowers in aroma and small cup. Dense in mouthfeel; bittersweet chocolate dominates in finish. The chocolate reappears in three-parts milk, though its sweetness is limited by a bitterish, wood-toned edge.

Notes:

A.R.C., whose motto is “more than specialty,” rigorously controls three vital elements: sourcing of green coffee, roasting, and, in cafe environments, water quality for brewed coffee. For more information, visit http://www.arc.coffee/en/index.html.

The Bottom Line: Chocolaty but rather austere and bittersweet blend.

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