|Northern Italian on right|
|Northern Italian flavor profile.|
|Compare the shape of the flavor profile to this one I sketched of Illy Espresso in Europe|
I also pulled a shot of their Black Velvet Blend. This was a very dark roast with a lot of oil to give luster to the bean. It was strong in the mid and low tones with a bit of tart.
It makes a
decent espresso, but how is it as a drip coffee?
|Black Velvet as espresso extraction|
In drip form the Black Velvet blend really shines. The sharp peak mellows to a caramel drizzle. The mouth-feel and body are satisfying, supporting the deep richness of the smoky dark roast. The dark roast does not, however, eliminate all the distinctiveness of these beans. The tart experienced in the espresso extraction becomes a playful dance on the tongue in the brewed form, and the mid-tones still possess a woody quality. This cup tastes like fun: rich, satisfying and yet playful. There is a definite nostalgia that is evoked in me by this flavor. It tastes like an emotion—happiness. I have tasted this quality before. In fact I am reminded of a good peaberry Harar.