Espresso from Estonia, part 2. You NEED to check this out!


Here’s the other one of the two products my wife brought me from Kokomo Coffee Roasters, Tallinn, Estonia: Espresso Brazil / Colombia / Guatemala. This is a blend of natural/washed Arabicas. The roast level is medium dark.

It. Is. Very. Very. Tasty.

To put it into musical terms, this blend is all about the upper midrange of the tonal spectrum. The second you open the bag, it punches you in the face with this high, piercing note. I kept wondering how to describe the aroma. Sweet, even liqueur-ish? Be that as it may, it surely smells delicious.

The bouquet is very sweet and caramelly, with a tiny hint of a floral fragrance here and there. This is also exactly what you taste. The blend is full-bodied enough to satisfy the black coffee man after a big meal, and yet it’s the higher pitched notes that stay in the spotlight. Sweet, soft caramel, plus the flowery thing, like hyacinths. Absolutely fantastic.

I’d be happy to take the trip to Tallinn just to get more of Espresso Brazil / Colombia / Guatemala from Kokomo. It’s that good. You need to check it out!

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!