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Big Shoulders Coffee

Espresso #6

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Panama; Ethiopia; Burundi

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2017

Agtron: 58/75

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Big, balanced, deeply sweet. Narcissus, caramel, tangerine zest, vanilla, cedar in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; resonant, caramel-toned finish. In three parts milk, fruit tones are magnified, in particular bittersweet tangerine zest, while hints of narcissus persist underneath.

Notes:

A distinguished blend comprised of three coffees: a Panama from trees of the celebrated Gesha (also Geisha) variety from Hacienda La Esmeralda, a dried-in-the-fruit “natural”-processed Ethiopia Guji, and a wet-processed Burundi from Bukeye washing station, part of the Long Miles Project founded by an American couple to raise standards and farmers’ income in Burundi. Big Shoulders Coffee is a Chicago artisan roaster that emphasizes a fresh-roasted, no-nonsense approach to fine coffee. Visit www.bigshoulderscoffee.com or call 312-888-3042 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A blend of three highly regarded coffees that come together as a an impressively floral-toned, resonant straight shot, and present as pleasingly bittersweet and fruit-toned in milk.