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Paradise Roasters

Espresso Classico

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Not disclosed

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $12.95/12 ounces

Review Date: December 2017

Agtron: 46/67

Aroma: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly and crisply pungent. Dark chocolate, gently scorched cedar, ripe plum, floral vanilla, a hint of port wine in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate dominates in a roundly drying finish. Fills out three parts milk with depth and authority: vanilla, chocolate, continuing hint of port wine.

Notes:

This blend is unusual in the context of leading-edge small North American roasting companies, because it contains a significant percentage of coffee of the Robusta species, in this case a speciality Robusta from southern Thailand, which undoubtedly contributes in particular to its plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot Arabica and Robusta coffees from Asia and other emerging origins. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Deeply and sweetly pungent, plump-bodied and resonantly original in its aromatics.

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