Top Shelf Espresso
|Roaster Location:||Cleveland, Tennessee|
|Coffee Origin:||50% Colombia; 50% Ethiopia.|
|Est. Price:||$13.00/8.8 ounces|
|Review Date:||May 2015|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Exhilaratingly floral. For Ken (92) the flowers were explicit – rose, lily, lavender – whereas for co-taster Ethan Hill (92) the floral character was indirect, expressed in notes of peach, nectarine and coriander. Both valued a sweetly pungent sandalwood character enveloping the foreground floral/fruit notes, and both described the mouthfeel as silky but quite light and the finish bright and mildly drying. Flavor carried with perhaps surprising balance into three parts milk, softening while preserving a brisk floral-and-fruit complexity.
Notes: This very light-roasted espresso consists of two distinguished coffees: a wet-processed Colombia Granja La Esperanza Gesha Peaberry and a dried-in-the-fruit or natural-processed Ethiopia Guji. Bonlife Coffee is a quality-oriented small-batch coffee roaster located in Cleveland, Tennessee dedicated to the motto “Drink a Better Story.” Bonlife donates 1% of its sales to a variety of environmental programs through its membership in the “1% for the Planet” movement, as well as contributing to other coffee-associated organizations including Water Missions International. Visit www.bonlifecoffee.com or call 423-464-6160 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: One seldom has an opportunity to sample a coffee as rare and distinguished as the Gesha component of this blend in an espresso context, and even less often at very light roast and a relatively reasonable price. If you have the cash and curiosity, give this one a try, but expect a high-toned complexity alive with flowers, fruit and an exotic aromatic wood.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2015 tasting report: Open Source Espresso Blends