|Roaster Location:||Santa Rosa, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil|
|Review Date:||September 2005|
Blind Assessment: Both Ken and co-taster Ted Lingle remarked on the "lush but elegant" (Ken) aroma and fat, buttery body of this single-origin espresso. In the small cup, dry berry notes and semi-sweet chocolate. Blooms sweetly and richly in milk. Ken found the flavor in cup and milk a bit too simple, limiting his score to a 90, but for Ted the profile throughout was complete, classic, and worth a resounding 95. Nominating reader Teri Bolla clearly agrees with Ted: "incredibly balanced, round, extremely smooth, shows total finesse, abundant chocolate...thick and rich on the palate."
Notes: Daterra is a large, technically sophisticated producer of extremely refined coffees in Brazil's relatively recently developed Cerrado growing region. This lot is from the 2004 crop. Ecco Caffe is a tiny, genuinely artisan specialty roaster that specializes in relatively light-roasted, "Northern Italian Style" espressos. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Refined romanticists.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2005 tasting report: Nice Going: Readers' Choice Espressos