Natural Decaf Espresso
|Roaster Location:||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Review Date:||March 2007|
A powerful, fruitily complex, syrupy-bodied espresso. Candied fruit and distinct chocolate in the aroma. In the small cup heavy bodied; cedar and orangy fruit notes dominate, with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. At its best in milk, where it is rich, smooth-bodied and balanced, while maintaining a remarkable complexity and a distinct chocolate and spicy orange fruit character.
The terms "natural" and "chemical free" on the packaging of this blend suggests that this coffee has been decaffeinated either by use of the "natural" solvent ethyl acetate, which is derived from fruit, or by liquefied carbon dioxide. Caribou Coffee is a large (second largest after Starbucks) retail roasting chain based in the upper Middle West whose rather irreverent motto "Life is short. Stay awake for it" belies a serious approach to coffee. Visit
Who Should Drink It
A fine espresso for with-milk drinks, large and small.
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This review originally appeared in the March, 2007 tasting report: Better Than You Think: Decaffeinated Espressos