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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.

Notes:

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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