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Carte Noire

Voluptuoso Classic (Tassimo T Disc)

Location: Vellzy-Villacoublay, France

Origin: Not disclosed.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $7.99/16 pods

Review Date: April 2011

Agtron: 0/52

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 7

Body: 7

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

(As brewed in a Tassimo single-serve brewing device to produce a 4-ounce European-style black coffee): Pruny fruit and dark chocolate, with an undercurrent of slightly salty wood. Leanish mouthfeel; gently rich astringency in the dark-chocolaty finish.

Notes:

The Tassimo system, with its Bosch-manufactured brewing device and match proprietary T Discs, aims at providing a convenience-first single-serving solution for a variety of beverages, including filter-style coffee, tea, espresso-based beverages and hot chocolate. The Tassimo T Discs incorporate a bar code that instructs the brewing device how to prepare the particular beverage incorporated in the Disc. We accepted the bar code for this beverage, netting a classic 4+-ounce European lungo or long black coffee, topped by a head of blond froth or crema. Tassimo is a division of Kraft Foods, with T Discs currently offered by brands mostly associated with Kraft including Carte Noire. Visit www.tassimo.com or call 877-834-7271 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Almost voluptuoso. Tassimo owners who favor a smallish European-style cup dominated by a dry, slightly salty chocolate.


This review originally appeared in the April, 2011 tasting report: The Single-Serve Compromise

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