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Dante Coffee

D31 The New Life

Location: Taipei City, Taiwan

Origin: Ethiopia; Sumatra

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NTD $300/200 grams

Review Date: September 2019

Agtron: 54/69

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Assertively sweet, fruity, spicy. Ripe banana, baking chocolate, allspice, lemon drop, dried lavender and narcissus in aroma and small cup. The mouthfeel is syrupy though drying, the finish rich-toned though rather drying and heavyish in the long. In three-parts milk the coffee balances nicely, with high-toned sweetness and florals showing with pleasing clarity.

Notes:

This is a blend of wet-processed Ethiopia Sidamo and washed and wet-hulled Sumatra Mandheling. Founded in 1993, Dante Coffee now has 120 coffee shops shops in Taiwan, 20 in Indonesia, five in Kuwait, and one in Saudi Arabia. The company aims to provide customers with the highest-quality coffee and meals at affordable prices. Visit http://www.dante.com.tw for more information.

The Bottom Line: An undeniably powerful espresso, and an interesting and engaging interpretation of the ancient Mocha-Java blend concept, combining fruit and flowers from an Ethiopia/Yemen coffee with rich spice and sweet depth from an Indonesia.

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