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Starbucks Coffee

French Roast

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin: Not disclosed.

Roast: Very Dark

Est. Price: $10.99/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2011

Agtron: 0/18

Aroma: 7

Body: 6

Flavor: 6

Aftertaste: 5

Blind Assessment:

Pleasant enough ultra-dark-roast character in the aroma: roundly charred cedar, anise, a hint of citrus. All carry into the cup, though they lose considerable intensity on the way. Lean mouthfeel. The charred cedar turns to charred board in a terminally empty, astringent finish.

Notes:

Purchased pre-ground in a valve-bag at a Safeway supermarket; 92 cents per dry ounce. Composed of 100% Arabica coffees. This is an extremely dark-roasted coffee; about as dark as it is possible to roast a coffee. Visit www.starbucks.com or call 800-782-7282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Except in the aroma, provides little of the pungent, charred intensity buyers of this ultimately dark-roasted coffee type love. Locally produced French roasts are likely to deliver considerably more.


This review originally appeared in the November, 2011 tasting report: Don't Give Up Your Grinder: Pre-Ground Supermarket Coffees

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