The Elves Imperial Breakfast Blend
|Roaster Location:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed|
|Review Date:||November 1999|
Blind Assessment: Dry acidy tones combine nicely with a restrained roasty pungency. Good, deep dimension, but little sweetness to support the deeply tart fruit notes.
Notes: Good, deep dimension, but little sweetness to support the deeply tart fruit notes. Great for elves with a taste for dry, pungent, dark-roasted coffee. Intelligentsia is a two-store retailer/roaster that has brought a well-modulated version of the West-Coast dark-roasting style to Chicago.
Who Should Drink It: Presumably, elves with a taste for dry, pungent, tartly fruity coffee. But if all the elves are north for the holidays buy it for black-coffee drinkers who think sweet is sissy. Or supply the sweetness yourself: This is a coffee that should stand up to major amounts of milk and sugar.
This review originally appeared in the November, 1999 tasting report: Holiday Coffees