Northern Italian Roast Organic
|Santa Rosa, California
Superb front end to this blend: velvety crema, the aroma deep but delicately and crisply chocolate- and vanilla-toned. In the small cup the body is full, the flavor caramelly and crisp but slightly salty and a bit shallow. Blooms with discreet elegance in milk, complicated by a dry but opulent chocolate.
All coffees composing this blend are certified organically grown. "Northern Italian Style" is a term American roasters often use to describe espresso blends that consist of naturally sweet, low-acid coffees brought to a relatively lighter roast, as opposed to "Southern Italian Style," a term generally describing espresso blends consisting of sharper coffees brought to a darker roast. I understand that this geographical distinction may not have much relevance any more in Italy, but it is still a useful distinction in the United States as a way of directing coffee drinkers to their preferred style of espresso blend. Ecco Caffe is a tiny, genuinely artisan specialty roaster that specializes in sophisticated, "Northern Italian Style" espresso blends. Visit
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This review originally appeared in the March, 2005 tasting report: Progressive Crema: Organic and Fair-Trade Espresso Blends