|Roaster Location:||Calistoga, California|
|Review Date:||May 1998|
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.
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.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 1998 tasting report: West-Coast Espressos