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80-Acre Espresso

The Front 40 - Contemporary Fruit-Forward Roast for Espresso

The Front 40 exhibits a more contemporary (and lighter) roast profile for espresso to highlight fruit notes first, but still maintain enough nuttiness/chocolate for the shot to stand up in milk drinks. Despite what we call a "light-medium" roast color, this roast employs longer development times to even out the consistency of the blend and boost body & sweetness in...

The Back 40 - Traditional Northern Italian Roast for Espresso

"(RSR) has definitely achieved a true-to-form classic espresso that...tastes really good and doesn’t have the burned, bitter notes often found on street-level espresso... Perfetto!" --KC Coffee Geek, 2017 Review The Back 40 at a glance Benefits: A shot of espresso that stands up to milk but also tastes great on its own Tasting notes: Chocolate, sweet cherry, a touch smokey 100% Relationship Coffee...

Our 80-Acre Espresso lineup was methodically and artfully designed in direct collaboration with our high-volume café clients with demanding espresso needs. These two blends offer a set of flavor profiles to meet a range of owner & customer preferences, while both being great components for espresso-based specialty drinks. I.e. "they stand up to milk").

Flavor & Roast Profiles

  • The Front 40 - Fruit-forward, tangy, sweet, nutty, medium body; light-medium roast
  • The Back 40 - Chocolate, subtle smokiness, cherry, heavy body, thick crema; medium-dark roast

About 80-Acre Espresso

We're a Specialty Coffee roaster proudly located in rural Iowa. The soil that Iowa has been privileged to inherit supports some of the most fertile farmland in the world, and in the mid-20th century - before the advent of "go big" farming - the 80-acre plot was a common size for farms.

Founder & Head Roaster, Brian Gumm, grew up in a small Iowa town near his grandparents' 80-acre farm in rural Jasper County, which his parents now live on and maintain. It has been in the family since 1904. The farm is now mostly planted with native prairie grasses and sits on a west and north-facing hill that runs down to a creek at the back of the property, and empties into the South Skunk River.

The rolling hills, creeks, and rivers of Iowa were thoroughly engrained into the fabric of life for rural people over the course of the state's mostly agricultural history. We honor that heritage and our current locale in rural Iowa with the name of 80-Acre Espresso.