Ancora Coffee Roasters

Decaffeinated French Roast

Location: Madison, Wisconsin


Roast: Very Dark

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Review Date: August 1997

Agtron: 29/35

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 3

Body: 5

Flavor: 4

Blind Assessment:

One of the few coffees in the cupping with resonance and depth. You have to be patient with this coffee and wait for the heavy, pruny, dark-roast pungency to reveal itself in the finish, but it’s worth the wait. If this coffee showed some acidity and top notes it might be a real winner. As it is, the attic is bare and all the fun is in the cellar, but that’s probably as it should be in something called a French roast.


A good dark roast with resonance and depth, that reveals itself in the finish and is worth the wait. Origin: Not disclosed Decaffeinated by the European process, involving use of methylene chloride.

Who Should Drink It: Those who love the pruny, bittersweet pungency of a good dark roast and need to avoid caffeine. The only coffee in the cupping that I would pack in an espresso machine or set up next to a sweet dessert.

This review originally appeared in the August, 1997 tasting report: Decaffeinated Coffees

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