|Roaster Location:||Portland, Oregon|
|Coffee Origin:||Central America; South America; IndonesiaCentral America; South America; Indonesia|
|Review Date:||February 2004|
Blind Assessment: Ken admired this blend (86) more than Willem (83), who was ambivalent about the aroma ("chocolate with a hint of tobacco"), critical of the small cup ("lacks sweetness and balance") though mildly approving of performance in milk ("pleasant caramel aftertaste"). For Ken, the aroma also was a bit feeble and musty in its chocolate and papaya suggestions, the cup a bit too dominated by musty and slightly fermented fruit notes, but he felt the finish "smoothed out nicely toward dry prune and chocolate," and the blend showed excellent presence in milk. He got so carried away he decided he found marzipan and mint notes in the milk finish.
Notes: Portland Roasting is a locally award-winning small batch wholesale specialty roaster. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Try it in milk and go for the marzipan.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2004 tasting report: The Aficionado's Pacific Northwest Espressos