Preparation: Cuisinart Drip
Scores: Scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being excellent
Summary: I really like this little coffee house located off Market Street in downtown San Diego. It had a fun atmosphere and friendly vibe. I ordered their pre-brewed coffee called Octane and enjoyed its dark bold flavor. After a few sips I added cream and sugar. (It was strong!) The staff was friendly and helpful. (I asked a lot of questions and while they didn't know much about the beans they sell, they eventually found some information and brought it over to me. The young man smiled and told me that I had to give it back.) Anyway, on to the Italian beans I bought and brewed......
The information I was given for the Italian Roast described the beans as ultimate in a dark roast and that they are a blend of Indonesian, Central and South American coffees. They go on to say that the Italian Roast has a distinct Smokey overtone and deep ebony color. I agree with that, but thought that although I tasted smokey and ashy tones, no other flavors popped out at me. At first taste there was promise, but then the coffee fell flat immediately on my palate. It was a lackluster finish, and quite frankly, boring. I then ate some lightly salted mixed nuts with the coffee and it greatly improved my tasting experience. The nuts added some much needed punch and flavor to balance out the ending weakness this coffee exhibited.
Overall score: 6