|Rastignano, Bologna, Italy
As a straight shot extraordinarily syrupy and liqueur-like. The aroma is sweet and round with a musty ferment that reads as a sort of drunken/brandyish chocolate. In the small cup startlingly full-bodied and smoothly viscous with long-finishing, tight-knit complexity that ranges in suggestion from carnal melon to semi-sweet chocolate to sweet, pungent, molasses-toned tobacco to an earthy morel mushroom. Curiously, given its monumental body, fades and thins in milk, the chocolaty notes persisting but not blooming.
Bologna-based Segafredo is the largest producer of espresso coffee in the world. It is part of the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, which also owns the American coffee brands that were formerly part of Sara Lee. For the article associated with this review, we sourced three Segafredo blends. We found this blend, the Massimo, with its massive body and tight-knit complexity, the most interesting. It is currently available in 2.2-pound valve bags on line at www.1st-cup.com. Visit
Who Should Drink It
A revelation as a leather-chair-and-cognac straight-shot espresso.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2007 tasting report: Italy Seen from America: Nine (Genuine) Italian and Three American Espressos