The WestBean Coffee Roasters
|Roaster Location:||San Diego, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Est. Price:||$7.50/8 oz.|
|Review Date:||September 2010|
Blind Assessment: A big winner in four parts milk. Co-taster Andy Newbom (90) had it at 9 in milk while Ken (93) went to the limit at 10. Both keyed on a big, round, peachy fruit complexity and fine balance of milk and coffee. As straight espresso dominated by fruit as well: ripe, apricot-toned, a little wine-like, with a tart "sparkle" (Andy) of citrus. But the whole sensory package bloomed in milk with particular power and completeness.
Notes: Sweet Sussex is The WestBean's house espresso and is named after the street in San Diego where the company got its start. Based in the heart of San Diego, The WestBean is a micro-roaster founded by three friends who are passionate about coffee. Visit www.thewestbean.com or call 619-709-3232 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Boomingly deep and pleasingly distinctive in tall milk.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2010 tasting report: Tall-Drink Espressos: Best Blends for Big Milk