|Roaster Location:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Review Date:||June 2001|
Blind Assessment: Complex and exotic, this moderately dark-roasted blend sits sharply but sweetly on the palate. Floral notes and faintly ferment-toned fruit complicate the cup, but both nuance and sweetness fade in the finish, leaving behind a roasty bitterness some coffee drinkers may find pleasingly pungent, others a touch overbearing.
Notes: Complex and exotic, this moderately dark-roasted blend sits sharply but sweetly on the palate. Intelligentsia is a youthful (founded 1995) but tradition-minded Chicago specialty roaster with bold Keith Haringish graphics and an impressive line of coffees.
Who Should Drink It: A comfortable walk on the wild side. A little milk will round the bitter finish and develop the sweetness in the cup while preserving the flowers and twisty fruit.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2001 tasting report: Premium Coffee Blends