Alpen Sierra Coffee Roasters
|Roaster Location:||Lake Tahoe, California|
|Review Date:||February 1999|
The dark roast style develops a subdued sweet-sweat pungency and attractive cedar tones in the aroma, but the cup disappoints. Not so much flat as underpowered: light-bodied, little range or dimension, with the main pleasure a gentle, unassuming bittersweetness.
The dark roast style delivers an aroma with pungency and attractive cedar tones, but the cup disappoints. The main pleasure is a gentle, unassuming bittersweetness. Decaffeinated by the European or conventional method, which involves the use of a solvent.
Who Should Drink It
Those willing to give up body and power along with caffeine. The muted cup is undoubtedly owing to the ravages of the decaffeination process. The roast is probably too dark for this coffee (decaffeinated coffees are tricky to roast), but it's a tactful roast: no carbon or burned tones.
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This review originally appeared in the February, 1999 tasting report: New Crop Sumatra Coffees