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Storyville Coffee

Prologue

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin: Not disclosed.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: July 2008

Agtron: 42/58

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Dominated by earthy, wet-fallen-leaf, slightly pondy notes in both aroma and cup. In the cup a fundamental sweetness turns the forest-floor notes toward an ambiguous chocolate. Smoothes out in a simple finish with an herby tickle.

Notes:

If we had a category for packaging and website design, the rating for this blend would soar. Original package in both shape and design, sophisticated website with lots of video, and witty blend names (“Prologue” for the caffeinated blend, “Epilogue” for the decaffeinated). The coffee is fine, but given the promise of the impressive packaging, concept and reassuringly prominent roast-dating, a bit of a letdown. There are better earthy coffees, assuming that’s what the blend designers were after. Visit www.storyville.com or call 888-323-3348 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of the peatier kinds of single-malt whiskies and the more earthy style of Sumatras and Sulawesis.


This review originally appeared in the July, 2008 tasting report: Readers' Choice 2008: Hearty Coffee from the Heartlands

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