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A.R.C.

“Fruity” Espresso Blend

Location: Hong Kong, China

Origin: Ethiopia; Kenya; China

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: HKD $200/227 grams

Review Date: November 2017

Agtron: 54/78

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Subtle and enveloping, richly sweet-toned. Jasmine, roasted cacao nib, passionfruit, sandalwood, nougat in aroma and small cup. Delicate, silky mouthfeel; cocoa- and sandalwood-toned finish with notes of passionfruit carrying into the long. In three parts milk, passionfruit and jasmine harmonize with cocoa and a pleasing aromatic wood.

Notes:

An espresso blend comprised of coffees from Ethiopia, Kenya and the Yunnan Province of China. 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: Rich, sweet, elegant and cocoa-laden, this espresso blend is nougat-like in the straight shot and fruit- and floral-toned in milk.

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