February 7, 2014 by Beans Ahoy
The key is in the name, Forte, and for those of you who struggle with French it means ‘strong’. Although I wouldn’t say so much strong as ‘oh no, the lining of my mouth has been burnt away’. This coffee is like being kicked in the mouth by a mule. In many ways it reminds me of the Nespresso Napoli and like the Napoli there is little taste of coffee with the overpowering taste and aroma being of the roast.
Sure, some people like this type of coffee (I have no idea why). I have often spoken of my annoyance at over roasted coffee. Would you eat over cooked food? Then why drink over roasted coffee? Unfortunately almost every coffee company out there is guilty of selling over roasted coffee under the banner of strong or rich coffee. I blame Starbucks, more commonly referred to as Tarbucks, Sootbucks or Ashbucks. They have single handed taught people think that bitter, strong coffee means good coffee, mainly I imagine because they don’t have the facilities to roast coffee slowly.
Many will say that that is the point of Ristretto. To which I say ‘no’. Ristretto when made with good beans and roasted well is a powerful but delectable drink often filled with tastes of nuts, fruits and even citrus.
So there you have it. Mule kicking tar in a capsule.
Like the Napoli. It is the taste of roast rather than the coffee. Like the Napoli with an acrid burnt flavour it too earns 5.3/10.0