|Rastignano, Bologna, Italy
Round, gently fruity in the aroma: raisin, nut, a hint of vanilla. In the small cup smooth mouthfeel on the cusp of syrupy and silky; low-toned and neutral in flavor, with cedar notes and the barest suggestion of raisin and nut. Carries with impressive resonance into a long finish. Good presence in milk, though the rich, nut-toned dark chocolate betrays a slight woody, salty side.
Bologna-based Segafredo is the largest producer of espresso coffee in the world. It is part of the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, which also owns the American coffee brands that were formerly part of Sara Lee. This blend, one of several Segafredo espresso blends, is currently available in 2.2-pound valve bags on line at www.1st-cup.com. Visit
Who Should Drink It
A good version of a mild, cleanly robusta-dominated espresso, all fat and depth but with little going on at the top of the profile.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2007 tasting report: Italy Seen from America: Nine (Genuine) Italian and Three American Espressos