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Starbucks Coffee

Africa Kitamu

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin: East Africa.

Roast: Dark

Est. Price: $7.99/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2011

Agtron: 0/36

Aroma: 8

Body: 6

Flavor: 6

Aftertaste: 6

Blind Assessment:

Impressive aroma: dark chocolate, a hint of pungent, grapefruity citrus. Both fade in the cup and disappear entirely in a heavily astringent, roast-flattened finish. Lean, watery mouthfeel.

Notes:

Purchased pre-ground in a sealed 12-ounce foil-laminated bag with one-way valve at a Safeway supermarket in northern California; 67 cents per dry ounce. Composed of 100% Arabica coffees. Visit www.starbucks.com or call 800-782-7282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Once past the aroma not much here. A whole-bean version of this blend bought from a Starbucks store doubtless would maintain more of the initially pleasing aromatics.


This review originally appeared in the November, 2011 tasting report: Don't Give Up Your Grinder: Pre-Ground Supermarket Coffees

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