Italian Roast Espresso
|Roaster Location:||San Francisco, California|
|Review Date:||May 1998|
Blind Assessment: The dry, dark-roast pungency avoids burned or excessively bitter tones. The pleasantly smoky bite displays a touch of sweetness in the finish and the aftertaste is comfortably free of astringency. In milk rich and balanced.
Notes: Bitter enough to avoid sentimentality but just sweet enough to please. The dry, dark-roast pungency avoids burned tones with a pleasantly smoky bite, concluding with sweetness in the finish. Rich in milk. Caffé Trieste is one of the pioneer North-Beach San Francisco caffes, famous for its Beat-Era-and-beyond writer regulars and opera-singing owners. Recently it began selling its coffee through a handful of supermarkets in the San Francisco Bay Area and th
Who Should Drink It: I hunched over many Trieste cappuccini in my younger years. I was a bit reluctant to bring this coffee into the tasting for fear my sentimental favorite would disappoint. I'm happy to report it came out a little like Trieste regular Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poetry, bitter enough to avoid sentimentality but just sweet enough to please.
This review originally appeared in the May, 1998 tasting report: West-Coast Espressos