|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||December 2002|
This very dark-roasted blend teeters on the edge of burned, but backs off nicely to stay on the agreeably sweet side of bittersweet. Fruit and fruit-toned chocolate notes, a suggestion of flowers, with only a shadow astringency. The Seattle-based reader who nominated this blend describes it as his (or her) "favorite local coffee. And as I am from Seattle, that's saying something."
Caffe Appassionato ("Coffee with passion, roasted with patience") makes a particular point of promoting a round, gentle style of dark roast. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those looking for a conventional breakfast cup may find the slightly astringent finish bothersome, and non-Seattleites may object to the coffee-city chauvinism of the nominator, but lovers of dark roasts should find nothing to complain about in this complex but balanced blend.
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2002 tasting report: Readers' Choices