Dark Roast (reviewed as espresso)
|Roaster Location:||San Francisco, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Colombia; Costa Rica; Papua New Guinea.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||January 2003|
Reader Derick Miller called Graffeo to my attention, testifying that this groupof three small in-store roasters produces "great coffee." I brewed this dark-roasted version of theGraffeo blend as espresso and found it medium-bodied, smooth in mouthfeel, sweet but crisplyroasty. In small milk the bittersweetness read as a dry, smoky chocolate; in larger milk as adelicately sweet but rather dilute chocolate.
For years Graffeo has been one of San Francisco's cult coffee roasters, a small, second-generation family-owned business in the traditional Italian neighborhood of North Beach. Graffeonow has added single-store roasting locations in San Rafael and Beverly Hills, California. Graffeoproduces two versions of a single blend, light-roasted and this dark-roasted version. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy a mild roasty bite in their straight shots and cappuccinos.
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This review originally appeared in the January, 2003 tasting report: Readers' Choices Round Two