Quartermaine Coffee Roasters
Holiday Blend 2006
Sweet-toned, gently roasty aroma with distinct grapefruit notes and the barest hints of cedar and chocolate. In the cup the roast tones are sharper but still sweet, reading even more clearly as a richly pungent grapefruit with a slight chocolate cast. Deep finish with almost no astringency. A slight unevenness from cup to cup brought down the rating of this fundamentally distinguished dark-roasted coffee.
Quartermaine Coffee Roasters is a small-batch specialty roaster that remains loyal to the roots of specialty coffee, emphasizing freshness maintained not through packaging but through frequent roasting and rapid turnover. Visit
Who Should Drink It
A roasty, pungently fruity holiday blend that should hold its own with the fruitcake and mince-meat pie.
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This review originally appeared in the November, 2006 tasting report: Holiday Blends and Other Gift Coffees