|Roaster Location:||Pittston, Pennsylvania|
|Coffee Origin:||Not Disclosed|
|Review Date:||September 2005|
Blind Assessment: An attractive if underpowered espresso. Muted notes of flowers, fruit and chocolate in the aroma. In the small cup medium-bodied, supple in mouthfeel, but limited in flavor: some floral hints persist but the main impression is a thinnish pungency that Ken (87) called smoky and co-taster Ted Lingle (86) spicy. Nevertheless, rounds and richens in the finish, and reveals a round, semi-sweet chocolate character in milk. Nominating reader Andrey Akselrod says simply "It is one of my favorite espressos."
Notes: Caffe Fresco is a small-batch specialty roaster whose motto is "Passion, purity, people." Visit
Who Should Drink It: The aromatics of this sample seemed muted, perhaps by a slight staling. It is possible that a fresh sample might fulfill what would seem to be this blend's delicate promise.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2005 tasting report: Nice Going: Readers' Choice Espressos