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A.R.C.

House Blend Espresso

Location: Hong Kong, China

Origin: Not disclosed

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: HKD $128/227 grams

Review Date: November 2017

Agtron: 56/78

Aroma: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet, spice-toned. Caramel apple, dark chocolate, pecan, cedar, a hint of paprika in aroma and small cup. Velvety mouthfeel; bittersweet finish with notes of dark chocolate and caramel apple in the short and paprika and pecan in the long. Cappuccino-scaled milk balances out the chocolate, fruit, nut and spice tones in pleasingly bittersweet resonance.

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: An espresso blend especially inviting in milk, where nut-toned chocolate and crisp fruit, with a hint of spice, converge.

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