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The Curve Coffee Roasting Co.

No. 5 Espresso Blend

Location: Taichung, Taiwan

Origin: Brazil; Guatemala; Colombia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: NT $450/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2016

Agtron: 50/60

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Savory-sweet, chocolaty. Buttery dark chocolate, apricot, cedar, orange zest, a hint of anise in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; chocolaty though a bit salty in the finish. Blossoms and softens nicely in three parts milk: apricot and chocolate.

Notes:

The Curve Coffee Roasting Co. holds classes authorized by the Specialty Coffee Association of America as well as roasting and selling around thirty specialty coffees, including rare Taiwan origins. Visit www.thecurvecoffee.com.tw for more information.

The Bottom Line: An appealing blend for those who value a savory, salty chocolate straight shot that softens and sweetens in cappuccino-scaled milk.