Esmar - Don Lipe
|Roaster Location:||El Salvador|
|Review Date:||September 1997|
Blind assessment:Scores were solid with almost no complaints, but again, not much was offered in the way of enthusiasm or praise. "Great blender," said one, which led me to think about the difference between a great blender and a good blender. A great blender, it would seem, is a coffee that decisively strengthens or empowers other coffees without imposing itself, like a dinner guest who doesn't have much to say but makes everyone else at the table wittier and more graceful. Perhaps a "good" blender, on the other hand, just sits around amiably without causing problems. Be that as it may, I'm not sure everyone would agree with the "great" adjective either. Two panelists found something a little hard or suspect in the acidity. Only one mentioned a defect, Don Schoenholt, who in a charming and inspired outburst of cupper self-parody wrote: "Slightly soapy aftertaste note sure if it was Dove or Ivory unscented in one of three cups."
A solid coffee, neither captivates nor offends. Originally reviewed by a panel as a green coffee. No information available.
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Overall a solid coffee: Neither captivates nor offends; possibly satisfies.
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This review originally appeared in the September, 1997 tasting report: El Salvador Coffees