Decaf Espresso, Costa Rica La Lapa
|Roaster Location:||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Costa Rica|
|Review Date:||March 2007|
Blind Assessment: Crisp, elegant espresso with dry berry and floral notes. Shows a hint of sweet, tomato-toned acidity in the aroma along with caramel and flowers. In the small cup surprisingly full-bodied with cedar, dry berry and a continuing shimmer of flowers. Clean, rich finish. Masters milk with a delicate, dry-chocolate-toned authority. The floral notes survive with startling clarity in milk, persisting far into the finish.
Notes: Terroir is a microroaster selling only elite single-origin coffees, no blends. It specializes in lighter-than-usual roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. The single-origin philosophy extends to coffees designed primarily for espresso brewing, like this one. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world's leading coffee visionaries. Visit www.terroircoffee.com or call 866-444-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Decaf drinking aficionados who enjoy distinctive single-origin espressos.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2007 tasting report: Better Than You Think: Decaffeinated Espressos