- Origin: 100% Arabica from Latin America
- Roast: medium
- Intensity: 7
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Brown foam. Intense, very roasty, nutty aroma. Acidity, apple-like, and sweetness can be both discerned from the smell already.
Quite intense at the tasting too, with a thick crema and a very good body. Dry, partly velvety, with a feeble acidity that grows as the coffee cools down. Vague sweetness and only a hint of bitterness.
Malted cereals, nuts, biscuits and undertones of chocolate are the main flavors. Strong, heavily dry and increasingly bitter as the coffee becomes cold, aftertaste. Precisely at lower temperatures the aftertaste acquires a pungent, spicy quality. A convincingly pepper flavor remains on the back of the palate, along with weak apple and citrus-like acidity.
Overall a medium-dark roasted cup that would have benefitted in terms of complexity by being roasted a few moments less. A good mix of acidity and bitterness, confusing when hot but shining when lukewarm. A capsule that is more subtle than the others from Starbucks. Suggested as a lungo, rather than as an espresso.