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Ecco Caffe

Brazil Fazenda Cachoeria Reserve Espresso

Location: Santa Rosa, California

Origin: Mogiana growing region, Sao Paulo State, south-central Brazil.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: May 2006

Agtron: 48/55

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Very deep, richly fruity aroma: banana, raisin perhaps, hints of chocolate and rose-like flowers. In the small cup the body is full and syrupy, the flavor simple, deep-toned, with cedar and tart fruit notes – tamarind perhaps – the finish rich and long. Masters milk with an understated balance and a soft persistence of banana, cedar and chocolate notes.

Notes:

Produced from trees of the heirloom yellow bourbon variety of arabica by grower Gabriel Carvalho Dias on his Fazenda Cachoeria in the classic Mogiana growing region of Brazil. Ecco Caffe is a tiny, genuinely artisan specialty roaster founded by ex-barista and kiosk owner Andrew Barnett that specializes in relatively light-roasted, “Northern Italian Style” espressos. Visit www.eccocaffe.com or call 707-525-9309 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who would rather ponder than skim.


This review originally appeared in the May, 2006 tasting report: Better than Ever: Boutique Espressos

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