Ink Review: Diamine Espresso

Review by Laura Cameron

I typically don’t use brown ink, so when I got the opportunity to review Diamine’s 150th Anniversary in Espresso (€7.85 via Appelboom), I welcomed the opportunity.

Espresso is a dark, dark brown, the color of dark chocolate and espresso beans.

Diamine Espresso

Diamine Espresso

Interestingly enough, I liked the ink more wet than dry. When wet it just appear more full bodied, but dry I feel like the effect is a bit flat.

While I could see quite a bit of shading, I got no sheen from this one. Just dark, dark brown.

Diamine Espresso

Diamine Espresso

Diamine Espresso

The performance of Espresso is similar to other inks I have reviewed from Diamine. It is not too wet, nor too dry. It flows easily and readily through my nibs.

Diamine Espresso

As I said previously, I found Espresso a bit matte for my tastes. It was probably closest to a saturated Noodler’s Rome Burning. Platinum Classic Khaki Black appeared somewhat similar, but the Khaki Black has more yellow and green tones. Overall, I found that I prefer the warmer browns like Monteverde Brown Sugar and Diamine Chocolate Brown.

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