|Roaster Location:||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||January 2007|
Blind Assessment: Smoky aroma dominated by scorched cedar notes with hints of spice and orange. In the sharply pungent, faintly sweet cup all grace notes vanish with the exception of the smoky, scorched cedar. Good sweetness in the short finish, with only slight astringency in the long.
Notes: Purchased pre-ground in a sealed 10-ounce foil-laminated bag with one-way valve at a Safeway supermarket in northern California; one dollar per dry ounce. French Roast is the standard name in North America for a coffee that has been brought to an extreme dark roast that mutes the characteristics of the green coffee itself and foregrounds the pungent flavor of the roast. Millstone is the specialty coffee brand of Procter & Gamble. Visit
Who Should Drink It: This smoothly (if blandly) burned cup is a passable supermarket-available version of the ultra-dark-roast profile.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2007 tasting report: Starting with Cans: Mainstream Supermarket Coffees