Bella Vista Tres Rios
|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Review Date:||June 1998|
Blind Assessment: Liveliest and most resonant of the dark-roast samples in the cupping: Less overbearingly pungent, sweeter, with a touch of vanilla in cup as well as aroma. The entire profile deepens, smooths, and balances in the finish.
Notes: Though dark-roasted, not overbearingly pungent, sweet with a touch of vanilla in the cup and aroma. Entire profile deepens, smoothes, and balances in the finish. This coffee currently is offered through Starbucks' mail-order service. It will be available in Starbucks stores sometime in June. (1998)
Who Should Drink It: Those who need proof that a dark-roast coffee can preserve character and distinction. Starbucks continues to amaze me with the quality of its mail-order coffees. There remain seasoned coffee people deep in the green corporate belly making excellent buying decisions and roasting with tact. I hope they don't end up getting lost in some future marketing plan.
This review originally appeared in the June, 1998 tasting report: Costa Rican Coffees