Modern Times Coffee

Guardian Spirit Espresso Blend

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Ethiopia; Brazil

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Review Date: May 2018

Agtron: 52/78

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, brightly tart. Dark chocolate, lily-like flowers, blood orange zest, peach, cedar in aroma and small cup. Punchy, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp, cocoa-toned finish with lasting notes of citrus zest. In three-parts milk, the sweet-tartness of the shot carries through, bringing dark chocolate along for the ride.


A blend of natural-processed Ethiopia Hambela and pulped natural Brazil coffees. Modern Times is a well-loved, exuberantly inventive Point Loma, San Diego brewery that has long specialized in coffee-beer crossovers and overlaps. Visit www.moderntimescoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: An espresso blend with strong character, particularly expressed in the bittersweet, tart-leaning milk shot, deepened by notes of dark chocolate.

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