|San Francisco, California
|Colombia; Costa Rica; Papua New Guinea.
Reader Derick Miller called Graffeo to my attention, testifying that this groupof three small in-store roasters produces "great coffee." I found this light-roasted version of theGraffeo blend acidy but sweet, rich, with a broad flavor range including delicate orange and floralnotes. Both aroma and finish showed a slight bitter edge which rounded and softened as the cupcooled.
For years Graffeo has been one of San Francisco's cult coffee roasters, a small, second-generation family-owned business in the traditional Italian neighborhood of North Beach. Graffeonow has added single-store roasting locations in San Rafael and Beverly Hills, California. Graffeoproduces two versions of a single blend, dark-roasted and this light-roasted version. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Macho breakfast cuppers. A classic medium-roasted coffee with bothdelicacy and power.
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This review originally appeared in the January, 2003 tasting report: Readers' Choices Round Two