Coffee: Taylors Rich Italian

Coffee Review

3.0 stars

I’m used to coffee being sold on the origin of the beans, so I was momentarily confused when I first saw this weeks coffee. Italian coffee? Do they have the climate?

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This is Taylors Rich Italian, and of course reflects the Italian style of roasting and blending, rather than where the beans were grown (in this case, a blend of Latin America and Africa).

The grounds certainly have a rich aroma – warm, caramel, an edge of singed bark chips and just a hint of lemon. Brewed, it becomes a little darker – the caramel becomes more of a burnt sugar and the fruit background is closer to sour cherries.

In the mouth, it certainly manages to bring that Italian style – heavily roasted, with a generous body and quite a significant bitterness to it. The sweetness from the aroma doesn’t really come through, but it’s warm, delicately spicy and almost creamy.

If you enjoy that style, it’s a great coffee. For my tastes, I prefer the balance to be a touch less bitter but it scored a respectable 6.75 in our work coffee club, and deserves 3 stars here.

Many thanks to Taylors for supplying this coffee to sample.

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