Rao's Coffee Roasting
|Roaster Location:||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||April 2004|
Blind Assessment: Predictable ultra-dark roast: intense and pungent with an edge of charred cedar in the aroma; in the cup thin in mouthfeel and sweetly charred, with a mildly astringent finish that lovers of this style of roast will find bracing.
Notes: Served at Hamersley's Bistro in Boston. Gordon Hamersley's namesake restaurant in Boston's South End neighborhood continues to attract enthusiasm with its French-New American bistro fare. Rao's Coffee is a quality-oriented small-batch roaster whose motto is "The Only Way to Know is to Taste It." Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy foods with a charred, vaguely sweet edge.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2004 tasting report: Coffee from Celebrity Chefs (or their Restaurants)