|Roaster Location:||Calistoga, California|
|Review Date:||May 1998|
Blind Assessment: Virtually all sweetness has been driven out of the coffee by the roast: distinct burned tones in the aroma give way to a hard, smoky pungency in the cup and a rather astringent aftertaste. Milk rounds out and sweetens the pungency, though even here the sharp, hard tones prevail.
Notes: Virtually all sweetness has been driven out of the coffee by the roast: distinct burned tones in the aroma and hard, smoky pungency in the cup, with a rather astringent aftertaste. Calistoga Roastery is a small custom roaster located in the town of Calistoga at the upper end of California's winery-rich Napa Valley.
Who Should Drink It : At best this is a coffee for big, sweet caffé lattes -- the pungent sharpness should make itself felt through even an ounce of hazelnut syrup and a beerglassful of milk.
This review originally appeared in the May, 1998 tasting report: West-Coast Espressos