|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Review Date:||February 2004|
For Ken this naturally low-acid, lighter roasted blend was "Sweetly musty, cherry and apple in the aroma, heavy body with a tingle in the mouthfeel, crisp and toasty rather than sharp in the small cup, with excellent dimension and range."(91) Willem was less excited: "Bubbly and rich body. Chocolate, caramel notes with mildly woody then fruit notes in the aftertaste." (87) For both Ken and Willem, this blend came most distinctly into its own in milk. "Wonderful mastery of milk" according to Ken, "rich, complete, with a sort of carnal, earth-toned fruity chocolate." Willem: "Fantastic with milk: sweet, rich, lingering chocolate."
Under the leadership of espresso innovator, pundit and writer David Schomer, Espresso Vivace has developed into on of the Northwest's (and the country's) best-known boutique espresso roasters, whose goal, according to the Vivace website, is "to research, develop, and promote caffe espresso as a culinary art." Espresso Vita is specifically designed to show well in milk-heavy drinks. Visit www.espressovivace.com or call 206-860-5869 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Those who value character over elegance; anyone who takes espresso with milk.
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This review originally appeared in the February, 2004 tasting report: The Aficionado's Pacific Northwest Espressos