|Roaster Location:||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.|
|Review Date:||October 2006|
Blind Assessment: A delicate but intense lemony chocolate dominates from aroma through demitasse to milk. The lemon-toned chocolate is lavish and sweet in the aroma; in the small cup tartly sweet; in finish pleasantly persistent despite a slight astringency. In milk the lemon mutes while the chocolate rounds out lushly.
Notes: Terroir is a microroaster selling only elite single-origin coffees, no blends. It specializes in medium roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. The single-origin philosophy extends to its espressos, including this Yirgacheffe, a year-round offering. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world's leading coffee visionaries. Visit www.terroircoffee.com or call 866-444-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Those more adventurous espresso drinkers who have freed themselves from the blends-are-best assumption.
This review originally appeared in the October, 2006 tasting report: Readers' Choice Espressos