|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||April 2002|
Blind Assessment: A smoky, heavy, bittersweet espresso. In the small cup the smoky, bitter tones overshadow floral and fruit top notes and toasty, leathery midtones. In small milk maintains its husky, smoky bittersweetness. In big milk softens, adding a hint of chocolate. (84 stright espresso, 85 w/milk)
Notes: One of four espresso blends offered by Caffé Umbria, a new wholesale roasting company built around the skills of roast master Emanuele Bizzarri, one of the founders of the famous roasting company Torrefazione Italia. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy bitter, super-hopped ales or Islay single-malt scotches. Alternatively, those who add sweet syrup to their big-milk espresso drinks.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2002 tasting report: Brewing Espresso at Home