Rao's Coffee Roasting
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.
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.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 2004 tasting report: Coffee from Celebrity Chefs (or their Restaurants)