27 Mar '12, 1pm

First "Favorites" revealed as Rustico by @counter_culture. Promise the next one will be further off the beaten path!

Tonight we close the formal review for #1 and reveal it's Espresso Rustico by Counter Culture Coffee. Sorry to the reviewers for trying to trick them with a familiar roaster! But I wanted to work the kinks out of the process in the first round before venturing off the beaten path. To add more context to this blend, Counter Culture Coffee has recently reworked Rustico. To my taste, it's more fruit-forward than previous renditions that relied on chocolates and nuts flavors. During one of our get-togethers at Counter Culture, locals and I agreed that a temperature around 199°F worked best. I confirmed this finding by bracketing 197, 199, and 200°F. While lower temperatures often evoke greater fruit flavors (albeit at the risk of sourness), Rustico responded with less cherry notes, less chocolate... overall less interesting, so the remainder of the taste rounds were pegged at ...

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