|Roaster Location:||Denver, Colorado|
|Coffee Origin:||Sumatra, Ethiopia|
|Review Date:||May 2006|
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