|Roaster Location:||Berkeley, California|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||August 2003|
Blind Assessment: A coffee in which a mild processing taint - sweet fermented fruit for Ken, a hint of mustiness for co-taster Willem Boot - turns toward chocolate under the influence of the dark roast. Subtle but substantial in milk: "lingering balance" in milk for Willem, "delicately complex" for Ken. Ken awarded this coffee a considerably higher rating (90) than did Willem (86), probably owing to Ken's openness to sweet, flirt-with-ferment coffees.
Notes: Colombia is not a typical choice for single-origin espresso, but this coffee displays the fruity softness of some Colombias that suits them for espresso cuisine. Uncommon Grounds is one of Northern California's pioneering specialty roasters, founded in 1984. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who, like Ken, enjoy a little overripe fruit bending toward chocolate in straight shot and short milk drinks.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2003 tasting report: Not Your Ordinary Espressos