Italian Roast Espresso
|San Francisco, California
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.
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.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 1998 tasting report: West-Coast Espressos