PT's Coffee Company is a roaster in Topeka, where it also has several retail outlets. They are long time sponsors of Barista competitions, and Pete Licata, from their store, took second this year at the USBC. They recently became an HB sponsor, and sent the Titan Grinder Project testers a sampling of their coffees.
The first thing that stood out is their packaging. The bags came in a wooden box, which is a nice touch, but the bags themselves are quite special. Instead of the single mylar layer and flimsy seal, these sport a papery plastic outer layer and a mylar inner layer. The seal is heavy duty and, unlike those of many bags, will last as one extracts single portions from it over the course of the week.
Bella Vita #2 is an update on their store espresso blend. The roast is medium/dark with the beans showing a few spots of oil a few days after roasting. The taste is predominantly chocolate with subdued berry and dried fruit notes. The finish adds a strong note of fresh tobacco that is in no way ashy. The shot is heavy bodied with ample dark hazel crema.
The basic profile is what I'm beginning to recognize as the "Classic American Shot." Others in this genre are the granddad of the tribe, Zoka's Paladino, as well as Intelligentsia's Black Cat, and Counter Culture's Toscano. All of these taste different; but they have family resemblances. If you like these, you'll also enjoy Bella Vita.