The classic espresso flavor profile: creamy, honeyed body and fine acidity in the finish. A veteran of countless barista competitions locally and globally, this blend has supported some of the highest ranking American baristas. In the national competition, Paladino has been used by baristas placing first, second, fourth and fifth during the United States Barista Championship finals. As of this writing, Paladino stands behind the barista champions of the Northwest and Midwest regional competitions, as well as the third place finisher in the Great Lakes competition. Notes of ripe orange, citrus, and a sweet nutty finish.
"Did not stand out in flavor. Missed the distinct smell of roasted beans when opened the bag. Nonetheless, it made a good cup of espresso. " (4 out of 5)
"A very sweet and smooth blend with excellent flavors that gave me a great reason to get up in the morning. Used a fine grind." (5 out of 5)
"One of the Best Espresso blends I have tried. This is a Great coffee both as espresso and when used in the Chemex. Such a strong, flavorful cup of Joe. I love Zoka coffee. " (5 out of 5)
"The fruit notes were too strong for me and overcame the other (mostly nutty) flavors. Using a coarse grind, I brewed the entire sample bag in a french press with four cups of water for 4 minutes." (2 out of 5)
"Very well-balanced, rich espresso. Nice chocolate notes that blend into a a sweet honey body which finishes with a light fruity acidity. The chocolate and honey flavors paired very well with milk drinks. I will be buying this again. This was a very forgiving coffee to dial in for home espresso." (5 out of 5)