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Paradise Roasters

Hawaii Isla Espresso

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Hawaiian Islands.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $29.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2014

Agtron: 49/52

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Richly chocolaty, complex. Dark chocolate, cedar, orange, hints of flowers and leather in aroma and small cup. Full, velvety mouthfeel; chocolate and orange carry into a sweet but quite drying finish. In three parts milk the chocolate triumphs, big and deep, nicely nuanced with hints of cedar and orange.

Notes:

This coffee was developed by Miguel Meza and Lorie Obra of Isla Custom Coffees, and is comprised of coffees from Kona and Ka’u on the Big Island of Hawaii, and from the other Hawaiian islands of Maui, Oahu and Molokai. Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot coffees and espressos from Hawaii and other premier coffee growing regions. 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.

Who Should Drink It: A big, grand espresso in the old, complexly chocolaty style. Some may find the pronounced drying mouthfeel in the otherwise fine finish distracting; others may not care.