|Roaster Location:||Berkeley, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Bouquete growing region, western Panama|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||August 2003|
Blind Assessment: A rather dramatic difference surfaced between co-taster Willem Boot and Ken on this very dark-roasted Panama. Ken wanted more sweetness and body; Willem apparently found enough of both and admired the elegant nuance. Willem: "Aroma with caramel and mild-apricot notes. Despite the dark roast, balanced flavor with apricot and chocolate. Pleasantly spicy with milk" (91). Ken: "Lovely aroma, high-toned but sweet fruit notes. In the small cup lean-bodied and crisply bitter, with a rich but astringent finish. Fruit re-emerges in milk, dry, smoky, chocolate-toned." (83).
Notes: Uncommon Grounds is one of Northern California's pioneering specialty roasters, founded in 1984. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who, like Willem, enjoy a dry, crisply fruity straight shot or cappuccino.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2003 tasting report: Not Your Ordinary Espressos