Espresso from Estonia


My good wife just visited Tallinn, Estonia, and brought me this: Espresso Brazil / Costa Rica / Kenya blended by the local company, Kokomo Coffee Roasters. This is a blend of fully washed Arabicas from—obviously—Brazil, Costa Rica and Kenya. The roast is medium dark.

It took me quite a while to get my head around this espresso. Even after consuming half the bag, I still couldn’t figure out what it was about. I kept trying to find ”the thing” in this blend. Then I finally understood: There wasn’t one.

When you open the bag, you get a very basic Arabica smell, reminiscent of many grocery store espressos. There’s a nice, ”deep” sweetness to it. The bouquet is pretty basic, too. Just ”coffee,” if that makes sense.

What about the taste? Well, nothing spectacular there, either. Slightly smoky, sweet, medium dark Arabica. That’s it, really.

This reminded me of Jockey espressos from Russia. Very good, but very basic.

So, if you want to enjoy an exquisite, nuanced, multidimensional espresso blend, this is not it. But if you’re happy with a standard, solid Arabica, this might be exactly what you’re looking for. I think it would work well in the morning with your bacon, eggs and toast.

If you happen to be in Tallinn, you might want check them out!


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