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Caffe Luxxe

Testa Rossa Classic Espresso Blend

Location: Santa Monica, California

Origin: Ethiopia; Brazil; Indonesia.

Roast: Dark

Est. Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2014

Agtron: 38/43

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, chocolaty and hearty. Scorched cedar, deep-toned dark-chocolate, night-blooming flowers, hints of anise and plum in aroma and small cup. Full and buttery, though mildly drying mouthfeel. Bittersweet chocolate and anise carry into a long, dry finish. Flavor rounds and sweetens predictably in three parts milk: buttery chocolate nuanced by continued suggestions of anise, flowers and plum.

Notes:

Caffé Luxxe is an Italian-inflected artisan roaster and retailer that emphasizes both its coffee knowledge and precision and its straightforward lack of pretension. Visit www.caffeluxxe.com or call 310-394-2222 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: This bold-charactered espresso makes a hearty straight shot and contributes to a smooth, roundly chocolaty caffè latte.

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