Here’s another blend I received from Arnolds, the famous Finnish donut chain: their Signature Espresso. Like other Arnolds coffees, Signature Espresso is blended by the Swedish coffee experts, Johan & Nyström. As the bag description tells us, it is ”a blend of meticulously selected beans from different continents. It contains approximately 90% Arabica, and 10% Robusta.” The roast is ”quite dark.” It also says that the blend has ”earthy spiciness, darkish chocolate, and a hint of caramel. In the finish you can find bitter almonds.” (My translation.) I don’t know whether the Arnolds bag descriptions are written by the donut company or the blender. Be that as it may, they are very accurate: as was the case with the other Arnolds offering I tried, Signature Blend, Signature Espersso, too, is exactly what they say.
Briefly, if you want a high quality Italian style espresso, get this. It’s very, very good.
Everything about this blend made me think of one of my all time favorites, Pascucci Golden Sack. The two blends have very similar components and flavor profiles. There’s one slight difference, though. Unlike Golden Sack or many other Italian espressos, Signature Espresso has this ”freshness” to it. It’s really hard to describe. It’s kind of fruity, but not quite. It’s kind of juicy, but not really. If I had to describe it with one word, I’d say ”transparent.” And yet there’s nothing weak about this blend.
Signature Espersso is a wonderful combination of these two things: the robust, nutty, chocolatey, and cigar-like qualities of a good Italian espresso on the one hand, and a certain transparency and freshness on the other. It’s earthy without being too heavy. It’s fresh and clear without being too light or juicy. Quite delightful.
Oh yes, and the price! Like its sibling, Signature Espersso is cheaper than many similar blends.
So, what are you waiting for? Go to your local Arnolds shop today, and get some Signature Espresso. You won’t be disappointed.
Thank you Arnolds Lahti for letting me taste these fantastic blends! I’ll be coming back to get some more!