|Roaster Location:||Taoyuan, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Colombia; Peru; Rwanda; Ethiopia|
|Est. Price:||NT $550/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||August 2021|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Dark chocolate, Concord grape, scorched sugarcane, sandalwood, wisteria in aroma and small cup. Viscous, syrupy mouthfeel; richly chocolaty, sweetly smoky finish with floral depth. In three parts milk, decadent perfection: layers of undulating chocolate, wisteria and scorched sugarcane carry far into the long finish.
Notes: This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 7 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2021. In addition to his retail roasting operation, Aroma Roast Coffees, Simon Hsieh also operates Soaring Phoenix Trading, a business focused on purpose-built commercial espresso blends and high-quality single-origin coffees. Customers can also visit the new showroom, Chateau Andy, in Taipei City. Visit www.facebook.com/4ArtsZeroDefectCoffees or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.
The Bottom Line: A blend of coffees from four origins whose sum is a sweetly tart, bold, resonant straight shot and a floral, smoky, intoxicatingly chocolaty experience in milk.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2021 tasting report: Darker-Roasted Espresso Blends: Variations On A Classic Theme