|Roaster Location:||Taoyuan City, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Gayo (also Aceh) growing region, Aceh Province, northern Sumatra, Indonesia|
|Est. Price:||NT $1200/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||October 2019|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Very rich and deeply sweet. Dark chocolate, dried cherry, singed cedar, lilac, candy cap mushroom with layered complexity in aroma and small cup. Very thick, syrupy mouthfeel; the finish consolidates to smoky cocoa and sweetly savory mushroom. In three parts milk, the cup is very chocolaty, sweet and floral with an umami throughline.
Notes: While most coffees from this region are processed by wet-hulling, this coffee was double-washed in the style of many Kenya coffees. In addition to his retail roasting operation, Aroma Roast Coffees, Simon Hsieh also operates Soaring Phoenix Trading, a business focused on purpose-built commercial espresso blends and high quality single-origin coffees. Customers can also visit the new showroom, Chateau Andy, in Taipei City. Visit www.facebook.com/4ArtsZeroDefectCoffees or call 886-0983-749876 for more information.
The Bottom Line: Roast-prominent yet thoroughly integrated, this espresso offers a compelling sweet-savory depth for those who enjoy the style.