|Roaster Location:||Fort Bragg, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Not Disclosed|
|Review Date:||March 2005|
Blind Assessment: A superb, versatile blend. The aroma is deep with chocolate and tropical fruit tones (banana?), the mouthfeel buttery and the body full, the small cup sweetly cedar toned with a lush, very slightly fermented fruit that reads as a rich raisin- and floral-toned chocolate. The finish is resonant and long with a low-key, pleasantly bracing astringency. In milk the shot rounds and sweetens without losing identity or authority.
Notes: 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. One of the country's groundbreaking socially and environmentally progressive roasters, Thanksgiving has aimed to combine coffee quality with social and environmental responsibility long before the latter preoccupations became fashionable. Visit www.thanksgivingcoffee.com or call 800-648-6491 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Mercurial espresso drinkers and complex espresso households: A blend that situates nicely between the darker, pungent style of espresso blend and the lighter, sweeter style.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2005 tasting report: Progressive Crema: Organic and Fair-Trade Espresso Blends