Caffe Di Qualita
Caffe 14 Luglio
San Lazzaro, Italy
Fragrance: thin mint, burnt marshmallow, amaretto = 1
Aroma: amaretto, brule, char = 1
Flavor: flacid raw spanish peanut, blackeyed peas = 3
Acidity: no = 0
Body: brillo pad with soap = 5
Balance: falling anvil = 2
Aftertaste: banquet urn = 2
Cupper Points: 0
Final Score: 65 points
When someone buys you coffee as a gift they are either totally ignorant of the breadth and depth of your profession, they are family, or both. This gift from a family member returning from Italy was all of the above but mostly meant to bust my chops.
The coffee was described on the bag as a “Blend of extra coffees roasted in the Italian way.” That about sums it up. Clearly floor sweepings or worse. Predominantly composed of low quality robusta roasted to the brink of combustion.
The whole beans exhibited surprising aromatics reminiscent of Amaretto. Sadly, this is their finest and only remarkable attribute. Disappointing and bad in every other way. This is coffee that you regret putting in your mouth almost instantaneously. Part dishwater and part inner workings of some oily mechanical device, every othe sensation being negative.
This is coffee meant for one thing and one thing only—going to work. Caffeine delivered in its most honest and unadulterated form. Even the bad taste would make one pine for the factory, behind some smoking, oily, dangerous ancient spinning flywheel and forge.
More evidence that the quality coffee movement in Italy is long gone, the result of a stagnant economy and price controls that force cafes to sell espresso at governement set prices. Why would anyone do quality when the legislators have decreed cost to be of the utmost legal imperative? Surely, the legislators had no inkling of the unintended consequences such legislation would have. Social engineering always starts with good intentions but rarely achieves greatness.