Organic Espresso Sierra
|Roaster Location:||Thornton, Colorado|
|Coffee Origin:||Not Disclosed|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||March 2005|
Blind Assessment: Subdued cedar and prune in the aroma. In the small cup medium body and lean mouthfeel. In flavor slightly smoky, slightly sharp, cedar-toned and rather shallow, with a suggestion of fruit and semi (very semi)-sweet chocolate. Shortish and rather astringent finish. Sweetens and rounds in milk, with some fruity chocolate softening the cedar and smoke.
Notes: All coffees composing this blend are certified organically grown. An extremely dark-roasted espresso, darker roasted, for example, than either Peet's or Starbucks espressos, surprising from a roasting company not known for its dark roasting. Allegro Coffee, a subsidiary of Whole Foods Market, offers one of the country's largest selections of single-origin coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: This blend manages to be extremely dark-roasted while remaining fat enough to produce a decent espresso shot, making it a good choice for dark-roast extremists with espresso machines and a commitment to organic products.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2005 tasting report: Progressive Crema: Organic and Fair-Trade Espresso Blends