What’s in store for 2019?

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I can’t think of a better way to kick off 2019 than checking out some new (to me) products from one of my favorite Italian coffee companies, Caffè Pascucci Torrefazione. I’ve had an eye on these babies for a long time, and finally got around to purchasing them. They will be opened one after another in January and reviewed separatery.

Another favorite coffee company of mine is Cafetoria Roastery from Lohja, Finland. They produce some of the highest quality coffees I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. In my opinion, everyone should get to know them. Their products will be covered extensively.

I’m also planning on visiting two local artisan roasteries, whose products have received rave reviews not only here in Finland, but also internationally. It will be exciting to see what the hype is all about.

Also, and on a slightly different note, I’ve gotten several requests to give my opinion on some widely available grocery store coffees. So, in addition to reviewing higher quality products, I will be comparing a couple of inexpensive blends from the German supermarket chain Lidl, some of which are actually surprisingly OK for the price.

That’s just the beginning! If I can figure out a way to cover the high international shipping costs, I’ll also be looking at products from a couple of very interesting American roasteries.

Let’s go! Happy New Year!

Mainokset

Cafetoria Caramelo

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Brightening up one of the darker days of my life: Caramelo from @cafetoriaroastery. They call it a "[d]elicious & rounded espresso blend. Tropical fruits. Milk Chocolate. Like a great dessert!" As always with Cafetoria bag descriptions, this is spot on. The bag aroma is very sweet and rich, not unlike El Molino from Kaffa, which I reviewed a while ago. Here, however, all the goodness you get in the aroma is translated into the actual taste, too. This is one of the things Cafetoria does better than many other roasteries, and one of the reasons why I love them so much. You get exactly what you expect. A blend of Latin American Arabicas (100%), Caramelo has a lot going on: Bright, fruity sweetness, without being particularly citrusy. Definitely vanilla. And yes, milk chocolate, too. But make no mistake, this is not only a dessert blend. It's coffee-y (is that a word?) and robust enough to enjoy any time of the day. If you want an espresso of an exceptional quality, look no further. Caramelo will easily take its place on my list of top 10 coffees of 2018. Fantastic stuff. #cafetoriaroastery #cafetoria #caramelo #bialettimoka #coffeereviews

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Cafetoria Gran Palomar Espresso

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Gran Palomar Espresso Organico from @cafetoriaroastery. As the name suggests, this is the espresso roast version of Gran Palomar (the golden bag) from the same company. In the bag description, Cafetoria promises "a hint of sweet chocolate, nuts and marzipan." I won't object. It's all there, especially in the finish. Overall, though, the taste is not nearly as complex or sophisticated as in the lighter version. If I had to choose, I'd probably prefer the golden one. However, if you want a very good, high quality, straightforward espresso that you don't have to think about so much, this is the deal. #cafetoriaroastery #cafetoria #granpalomarespressoorganico #fairtradecoffee #bialettimoka #coffeereviews

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Cafetoria Malawi

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Malawi Single Origin Espresso from @cafetoriaroastery. This is the first time I beg to disagree a little with a Cafetoria pouch description. They say: "Mature red berries & chocolate tones, delicate citrus aftertaste." Now, all of that is there for sure, but for me the citrusy piquancy dominates the whole experience from start to finish. Mind you, this is actually pretty pleasant, even for a guy like me, who doesn't necessarily prefer acidity in a coffee. The berry & chocolate thing takes the back seat, though, even to the point where these flavors are mostly detectable in the finish—which is very nice, BTW. All in all, I personally would probably like this even more if the acidity stayed more in the background. However, this is most definitely a high quality 100% Arabica, just as you would expect from this particular roastery. Recommended! #cafetoriaroastery #cafetoria #MalawiSingleOriginEspresso #bialettimoka #coffeereviews

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Cafetoria Irmas Pereira

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Irmas Pereira from @cafetoriaroastery. This is a lightly roasted blend of Brazilian coffees (Bourbon, Catuai, Acaia, Mundo Novo). Opening the bag, you are blown away by the aroma: Think of maple syrup, almonds and nuts. Add to that a generous helping of liquorice. Mouth watering sweetness, like something very candy-like and sticky. In the final product, the nutty feel is still there, as well as some of the syrup. Surprisingly, though, all of this takes a back seat to a very distinctive, citrusy acidity. Normally, I wouldn't care for that, but here it works quite well. The mouth feel is full, the finish long and sweet. Everything about this blend screams: quality! Very, very nice. #cafetoriaroastery #cafetoria #irmaspereira #bialettimoka #coffeereviews

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Cafetoria Espresso 7

Cafetoria Amigo

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OK, let's try this. Cafetoria Amigo is a "sweet & rich espresso blend," made from Honduras/Ethiopia/Papua NG beans. The pouch aroma itself is almost intoxicating. Just as promised, it is "intensively sweet," with "notes of rich dark chocolate and purple grapes"—plums even, I would add. I've had Amigo several times before at a local coffee shop, and it's been OK, if a bit too acidic for my taste. However—surprise!—brewed in my Moka it is even better. Yes, the edge is still there, but the overall taste is slightly fuller. Also, the finish is sweeter than expected: delicious, dark fruity goodness, that seems to linger for ages! Admittedly, there are times that I think I wouldn't mind some Robusta (20%?) added to this, but Amigo certainly is a fine blend for the true espresso connoisseur. Recommended! #cafetoriaroastery #cafetoriaamigo #cafetoria #fairtradecoffee #bialettimoka #coffeereviews

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Cafetoria Sumatra Batak

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