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We found 12 reviews that match your search for December 1997. Coffees are listed in reverse chronological order by review date. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee. Click on roaster images to visit roaster websites.


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  • Gevalia

    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Royal Vinter Kaffe

Roast: Medium Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
An exceptionally luxuriant cup, from the deep, vibrant bottom to the lush but muted acidity. I particularly admire this coffee's dimension, the way it continues to develop in waves of gentle revelation from aroma through finish. The problem: as the coffee cools the fruit tones turn slightly overripe and gamey. The positive fruit and complexity come from the same place as the suspect gaminess, of course: One of the blend components is probably a small-grower, hand-processed coffee, probably either an Indonesia Sulawesi or Ethiopia.
 
AROMA:6
ACIDITY:5
BODY:7
FLAVOR:7
AGTRON:53/57

83
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
Solid from top to bottom. The power in the lower ranges is particularly impressive for a coffee brought to a medium roast. Don't look for tickle, inspiration or sweetness, however. The grace notes, if any, tend toward herb or tobacco.
 
AROMA:7
ACIDITY:6
BODY:6
FLAVOR:6
AGTRON:49/59

82
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
The exhilaratingly bright, complexly winy acidity turns slightly hard and herbal as it settles on the palate, limiting the vivacity of the first impression. As the coffee cools the profile relaxes, allowing some rich sweetness to emerge behind the acidity.
 
AROMA:6
ACIDITY:7
BODY:6
FLAVOR:5
AGTRON:54/60

82
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
Rich, round, complete. The aroma in particular displayed an impressive range, from sweet nut tones through a dark pungency. This pleasing bittersweet balance prevailed through to finish. A good example of a coffee brought to a darkish roast style tactfully enough to avoid carbon while maintaining sweetness. Little discernible acidity, but enough to keep the profile from going flat.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:4
BODY:6
FLAVOR:6
AGTRON:42/47

80
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
Hints of carbon mar an otherwise expansive profile: Sweet, light nuance at the top with a touch of wine in the acidity; suggestions of dark-roast pungency near the bottom. The complexity fades and carbon dominates in the aftertaste.
 
AROMA:5
ACIDITY:5
BODY:6
FLAVOR:6
AGTRON:43.5/47

80
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
A solid, balanced dark-roast profile. A hint of wine-toned acidity, perhaps even some wildness, teases from inside the fundamental dark-roast bittersweetness. Some carbon, but overall good range and structure.
 
AROMA:5
ACIDITY:5
BODY:7
FLAVOR:6
AGTRON:40/47

80
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
No carbon and lots of sweetness here, smoothing and rounding the dark-roast pungency. A pleasing smokiness turns sweet and ambiguously chocolate in the aftertaste.
 
AROMA:5
ACIDITY:4
BODY:6
FLAVOR:6
AGTRON:42/43

79
Roast: Dark Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
A dark-roast on the dry side. Preserves some of the bright, acidy tones of lighter roasts, balancing them with prune and tobacco in the mid ranges. No carbon, but not much sweetness either. Good range from top to middle of the profile, but short on depth and dimension.
 
AROMA:6
ACIDITY:6
BODY:6
FLAVOR:6
AGTRON:35/41

78
  • Gevalia

    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Mexico Maragogipe

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
Bean-size aside, everything in this coffee walks the middle, from the subdued vanilla-nut complex in the aroma, through the clear but unemphatic acidity in the cup, to the clean aftertaste. Unfortunately, no resonance at the bottom of the profile, no shimmers at the top, no development in the finish. Satisfying but limited.
 
AROMA:5
ACIDITY:6
BODY:5
FLAVOR:5
AGTRON:67/73

78
Roast: Dark Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
The elements of the dark-roast complex -- sweetness, pungency and carbon -- all work together smoothly here until the aftertaste, when carbon tones linger past any memory of sweetness. Until that moment, this coffee achieves an unassuming dark-roast completeness.
 
AROMA:7
ACIDITY:4
BODY:5
FLAVOR:5
AGTRON:35/38

77
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
Dominated by a pruny, rather heavy pungency at the heart of the profile, livened by only a faint shimmer of acidity. Not quite enough sweetness to balance the pungency or acidity to brighten it. The grace notes tend toward the dry and herbal.
 
AROMA:7
ACIDITY:4
BODY:7
FLAVOR:5
AGTRON:42/45

76
Roast: Dark Review Date: December 1997
Origin: Price: NA
Solid, full-bodied dark-roast cup. Carbon tones dominate the sweet side of the dark-roast equation, and only the hints of prune and chocolate relieve the ultimately rather austere profile.
 
AROMA:6
ACIDITY:3
BODY:7
FLAVOR:5
AGTRON:37/38