|Roaster Location:||Seattle, Washington|
|Review Date:||May 1998|
Blind Assessment: Only a touch of sweetness survives to balance the sharp tones of a very dark roast, but the sharpness is complicated (perhaps rounded) by chocolaty, pruny tones. The aroma is crisp, alive, even elegant, but the profile tends to simplify in the cup and trail off into dimensionless astringency in the aftertaste. At best medium body. Turns sweet and smooth in milk but remains underpowered.
Notes: In this decaf, only a touch of sweetness survives to balance the sharp tones of a very dark roast, but there are chocolaty, pruny tones. Simple profile loses dimension and intensity from aroma to finish. Caffé Vita operates two popular cafes in Seattle and supplies coffee to a wide range of restaurants and espresso bars. Visit www.caffevita.com or call 888-223-8482 for more information.
Who Should Drink It : A reasonable alternative for espresso-drinking caffeine-avoiders. The simplifying effect of the decaffeination process may account for the way the profile loses dimension and intensity from aroma to finish.
This review originally appeared in the May, 1998 tasting report: West-Coast Espressos