Espresso Blend #1
|Roaster Location:||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|Coffee Origin:||Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil.|
|Review Date:||May 2009|
Blind Assessment: Co-taster Byron Holcomb (92) found more going on aromatically in this poised, balanced espresso than did Ken (89). Byron: "Aroma notes of brandy, honey and walnut yielded [to] flavors of passion fruit and orange bitters. The aftertaste was ? dry with notes of bakers' cocoa. In milk, some of the great spice notes showed: cinnamon, coriander, allspice."
Notes: Zingerman's Espresso Blend #1 is made up of a blend of coffees from the celebrated Daterra farms in Brazil's Cerrado growing region. Zingerman's Coffee is a specialty roasting company associated with Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, praised as "one of the top 25 food markets in the world" by Food & Wine magazine. It offers a relatively small but sensitively sourced and roasted menu of specialty coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Elegant, understated espresso with quiet authority and complexity.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2009 tasting report: Espresso: Tasting Super-Heroes