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San Alto/Oasis Coffee

House Blend Decaf

Location: Norwalk, Connecticut

Origin:

Roast: NA

Est. Price:

Review Date: March 2000

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Aroma: 7

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Blind Assessment:

Big in every respect: in its richly powerful acidity, in body, in general statement. No floral innuendoes or fruity digressions here: This coffee is as abstractly dry, robust and mouthfilling as a good cabernet.

Notes:

Big in every respect: in its richly powerful acidity, in body, in general statement. Decaffeinated by the European process using the solvent methylene chloride. Oasis Coffee is a wholesale roaster founded in 1987. San Alto is its premium specialty coffee line.

Who Should Drink It: An almost overpowering coffee in the classic American mode. Put on a plaid flannel shirt and drink it out of the heaviest mug on the shelf. Dark-roast drinkers and latte bibbers steer clear. The idea of a coffee this robust without caffeine seems a little odd, like a cross between a Harley and a Vespa.


This review originally appeared in the March, 2000 tasting report: Decaffeinated Coffees

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