Island Joe's Coffee
Black Flag Espresso
|Roaster Location:||Key West, Florida|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Review Date:||August 2006|
Blind Assessment: Cocoa, banana and a hint of cedar in the fine aroma. In the small cup big-bodied, gently and sweetly pungent, with a rich, orange-toned cedar character and cocoa notes that round toward chocolate. Rich short finish, very slightly astringent in the long, but sweet chocolate suggestions persist throughout. Remains in sturdy control in milk, though it never quite sweetens and blossoms.
Notes: Joe Wells started his small-batch roasting business in a gas station because no one else in his part of the Florida Keys sold fresh-roasted coffee. Black Flag is his flagship espresso blend (assuming black-flag-flying buccaneers have flagships). Visit
Who Should Drink It: A smoothly robust straight shot that remains stubbornly unvanquished in milk.