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Barefoot Coffee Roasters

Sweetness! Espresso (Fair Trade/Organic)

Location: Santa Clara, California

Origin: Ethiopia, Mexico

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: May 2006

Agtron: 52/66

Aroma: 9

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

In the aroma distinct semi-sweet chocolate notes and cherryish or raisiny fruit with a lush twist of ferment. Crisp cedar and toast notes complicate the cherry-toned chocolate in the small cup. The fruity chocolate persists in the splendid short finish, though a shadow astringency barely implied in the cup eventually dominates in the long. In milk a slightly lean body is more than made up for by crisp toasted rice notes and a voluptuous, milk-softened version of the fruity-fermented chocolate.

Notes:

The components of this blend are organically grown and certified Fair Trade, meaning they were purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Barefoot Coffee Roasters is an award-winning and widely recognized small-batch roasting company who describes itself as “a happy little cafe and roastery in the heart of Silicon Valley.” Visit www.barefootcoffeeroasters.com for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Social and environmental progressives with brandy-and-dessert inclinations.


This review originally appeared in the May, 2006 tasting report: Better than Ever: Boutique Espressos

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