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Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.

May 11, 2009 at 7:14 AM

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Everett roaster Velton Ross gets high marks, more sales

Posted by Melissa Allison


Velton Ross worked for Bauhaus and Top Pot for years before breaking out on his own. He roasts in the basement of Lowell Art Works in Everett and hopes to someday open a coffee shop to showcase his beans.

Coffee has become a serious enough beverage to merit 100-point rating systems, just like wine. Maybe someday it will be hot enough to merit the kind of rating system debate that wine gets.

In any case, it's an honor and often a sales boon to receive high marks, and Everett roaster Velton Ross has achieved both. His Bonsai Blend Espresso is the top-rated coffee (94) at this month.

Bigger sales are already rolling in for Velton's Coffee Roasting, with choosing Bonsai as May's coffee-of-the-month for its coffee club members.

A few notes from the blind judging at "On the nose, I got inviting, complex floral and strawberry notes. The body was vivacious - I could have said round, sweet, with a little savory edge, comforting, but vivacious will do."

Others found chocolate and malt, as well as cedar, butter, lemon bar and spice. They noticed "the big, sweet, chocolaty bloom in milk," which one taster "found was complicated by a continued, brightening hint of lemon zest."

How do you feel about such high-falutin' language for coffee?

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