Novo Coffee

Tawar Rouge

Location: Denver, Colorado

Origin: Sumatra, Ethiopia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: May 2006

Agtron: 49/61

Aroma: 9

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 10

Blind Assessment:

Superb fruity, caramelly aroma with distinct brandy and chocolate notes. In the small cup medium body, dominated by caramel and cedar notes with only a hint of cherryish brandy intrigue. The fruity brandy tones intensify in the finish, though with a very slight bitterish edge. They reach their apotheosis in milk, however, where they finally free themselves from their slight bitter shadow and bloom with lush, powerful expressiveness.


This complexly exotic blend combines traditionally processed Sumatra coffees with dry-processed Ethiopias. Founded by Herb, Joseph, and Jake Brodsky in 2002, Novo Coffee is a quality-oriented boutique roasting company with fine coffee, an elegant package, and the slogan “Get Closer” – to coffee, as it turns out. Visit www.novocoffee.com or call 303-295-7678 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: This deeply fruit-and-brandy-toned espresso should please both cigar and sweet dessert camps.

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

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