|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Review Date:||June 2003|
Blind Assessment: Either the green coffee was not up to the dark roast style, or the roast was conducted too aggressively: the roast dominates, producing a pungent and bitterly monotoned cup, with little to no nuance. The cup rounds and softens a bit as it cools, turning tenuously bittersweet.
Notes: Purchased at D'Agostino, whole bean in sealed 12-ounce foil bag with one-way valve; $11.99/pound. Starbucks' finest whole-bean specialty coffees are those featured on a seasonal basis in Starbucks retail locations. The Costa Rica Bella Vista and the Brazil Ipanema Bourbon often are excellent, for example. Based on my sampling, however, Big Green does not put its best beans forward in its supermarket line. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of dark roast coffee who fail to find anything better on their supermarket shelves. At its best taken with milk or whitener.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2003 tasting report: Pursuing Quality at the Supermarket