French Roast, Whole Bean
|Roaster Location:||Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Review Date:||March 2002|
Blind Assessment: When hot, an impressive dark-roast cup: balanced, sweet modulating to bittersweet in the finish; dry, prune-like fruit complications with a pleasant roasty bite. As the cup cools, however, distinct (and rather unpleasant) rubber tones emerge.
Notes: Sold whole bean in an 11-ounce valve bag; 35 cents per ounce. The bag copy reassures the buyer that the contents are "100% Arabica." Visit
Who Should Drink It: This French-roast blend preserves considerably more nuance than many competing small-roaster blends. However, the rubber tones are regrettable. Perhaps they are an anomaly, in which case I can recommend this coffee as a solid and versatile dark-roast choice.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2002 tasting report: The Robusta Fuss