|Roaster Location:||Trieste, Italy|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||April 2004|
Sweet, balanced, round, with a hint of roastiness and a subtle, shifting bouquet of flowers, fresh leather, spice and apricot that deepen toward chocolate in the cup. As the cup cools it simplifies slightly, turning the fruit a touch shallow and tart.
Illy's refined coffees are served at many fine restaurants, including Aurora, a favorably reviewed newcomer in Dallas Texas. All Illy coffees offer subtle, delicately complex profiles based on some of the world's finest naturally sweet, low-acid arabicas. My personal reading of the Illy cup is that it is often too refined, but this sample displayed considerable vivacity. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who find American medium roast coffees too tartly assertive and American dark-roast coffees too bitterly overbearing.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 2004 tasting report: Coffee from Celebrity Chefs (or their Restaurants)