Rich, smooth, almost velvety texture. Complex flavor profile. Sweet molasses and blueberry. Nutty flavors of almond, punctuated with sandalwood notes and light peppercorn. A pleasant astringency that is distinctly Italian. Pleasant, lingering aftertaste.
Blended for espresso preparation. Other preparations not recommended.
Roast level: Northern Italian (just north of medium)
Available in 12 oz (0.75 lb), 1 lb, 3 lb (3% discount) and 5 lb (6% discount).
Whole bean only
High barrier valve bag
30% Certified Organic inputs. 45% Biodynamically grown coffees.
Our most recent trip to Italy was after a fairly long hiatus – it had 5 years since our previous trip. My first morning, in Pisa, I realized that the coffee was… different than the last time I was there. I chalked it up normal variability, and got on with the trip. But over several days, in several cities, it became obvious to me that Italian coffee had changed. Not better. Not worse. But different.
As an Italian myself, I realized this should be no surprise. While Italians certainly value tradition, there are less “sacred cows” than people might think. Italians are adaptable, and pragmatic. And it dawned on me, the tradition is the coffee ritual, not the coffee itself.
It turns out that the Italian coffee industry, and the coffee industry worldwide, have experienced a few changes in the last half decade that have resulted in changes to Italy’s coffee sourcing. So the contemporary Italian espresso is a different coffee than it was five years ago. As it happens, I like it better now, and was possessed to do something like it.
The result is a blend we call Trastevere: Contemporary Roman Espresso. Named after the edgy, trendy neighborhood on the banks of the Tiber, it evokes the same nature as that place: rooted in tradition, but young, hip, and beautiful. We intend that this blend will evolve over time; contemporary, and excellent.