Our most popular coffee, Espresso Paladino starts with a rich, honeyed body and finishes with the subtle taste of baker’s chocolate and walnuts. Paladino is acclaimed for its classic espresso flavor profile. It possesses a balance of creamy, honeyed body and fine acidity in the finish.
Having proven itself in countless barista competitions, this blend is roasted a bit darker than medium or Full City stage. The five origins that comprise Paladino are selected for their unique contributions to the aroma, body, sweetness, and aftertaste of the brew. The resulting crema is flecked with caramel and cocoa flavors that deliver an aftertaste to match. As a slow filter brew, it is round and complex and decidedly smooth in its character. With the proper espresso extraction, more nuances come to the forefront and a sparkling acidity excites the palate. Espresso Paladino is a true classic espresso blend of 100% Arabica coffees. Composed of beans from South America, Indonesia, and Africa, Zoka uses only the highest grade of the same coffees that are also featured as single origins on our menu.
The rich base of pulped-natural coffees and clean high-notes of washed varieties are responsible for the optimum balance and sweetness in this blend. Pulped-natural processing leaves the sugary mucilage on the bean after pulping and throughout the drying stage. When this process is executed perfectly, the coffee can exhibit an unusually sweet and honey-like body that is ideal for espresso. A veteran of countless barista competitions locally and globally, Paladino has never disappointed. We roast this coffee just past the Full City stage. Any darker, and the roast would overcome the range of flavors we have assembled, any lighter and the fine acidity would sharpen the edges. We recommend Paladino for home use in a filter brew, French Press, or your home espresso machine.
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