Ginevra Espresso Bar

Coffee Review

3.0 stars

Another coffee from Italian roaster Ginevra this week, and definitely a more Italian style one.

On a side note; to expose the depths of my lingual ignorance, I nearly thought this coffee was called ‘Macinato’. It was only thanks to the power of Google Translate that I realised at the last moment that this is, in fact, the Italian for ‘ground coffee’.

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The Espresso Bar grounds are seriously dark in appearance. The aroma, too, is of deeply roasted beans – black cherries and lemons, touches of burnt sugar along with a suggestion of dark, worn wood.

Brewed, the lemon juice comes through more strongly along with hints of dark, bitter chocolate.

In the mouth it’s rich and full bodied; dark fruits with just a little sugar, all quickly washed away with a powerful, tannic bitterness that becomes almost too powerful in the finish. There are hints of old wood peeking out behind the bitterness, and quite a gentle acidity.

It’s a little frustrating; there’s a seriously tasty coffee here but it’s masked by the bitterness. Despite making it in my usual ‘caffe americano’ manner, the coffee is showing it’s espresso roots a little too strongly for my tastes.

So, a great coffee if you like a strong Italian cuppa but a little too robust for my tastes – 3 stars.

Many thanks to Caffe Ginevra for providing samples of this coffee.

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