Let me say that what Chris ("malachi") writes . . .
malachi wrote:Dolce is - to be clear - a somewhat unique coffee that isn't much like anything else. It's a very finicky, tricky coffee to work with.
. . . is the standard "knock" against Vivace's Dolce blend. Personally, I've never found it all that problematic. Neither have others I know, but some have
, and it is something that should not be ignored. Rather, take it with a grain of salt and recognize that "YMMV."
Also, when Chris writes that it's "dense, syrupy, sweet, heavy caramel, (and with) spice in the finish," it's true. And my best shots are like that. Then again, I've never
found it to have a "sweaty socks smell, hints of dorito, ashy, (or reminiscent of) cod liver oil." Rather, I'd say, my "average" shots are merely not quite as dense or syrupy as Chris describes -- probably because my double ristrettos (stopped on blonding) run about 1.5-1.75 ounces or so, not 1.0-1.25 oz. -- with its sweet, caramel and spice notes slightly less intense. This is not
to say Chris is wrong; just that my experience is different. As I said, YMMV.
Oh, and it is
very different than Redline.