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Rich, pungently sweet, complex. Sandalwood, buttery dark chocolate, blackberry, guava, lush night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Roundly and deeply tart acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on in a long, resonant finish.
Quiet, subtly original. A pleasant, starchy caramel sweetness, fresh-cut wood, fir perhaps, with hints of citrus and rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Roundly and gently tart acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor carries quietly into a sweet, balanced finish.
Rich, resonantly juicy. The aroma is crisp but relatively quiet: black currant, lavender, dark chocolate. But in the cup the aromatics swell with symphonic complexity over a structure simultaneously dry and sweetly juicy: flowers range from crisp lavender to spicy rose to lush lilac; the chocolate is fudgy and nutty with hints of savory spice. Deeply vibrant acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor carries far into the finish with remarkable depth and persistence.
Quietly rich, savory-sweet. Vanilla, dark chocolate, black sage, tart raspberry, sweet butter in aroma and more pungently in the cup. Tart but richly rounded acidity; smooth, lively mouthfeel. The finish is crisp with aromatic black sage in the long.
Crisply juicy, precious. Sweet ripe lemon, blackberry, black currant, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Luxurious, lively acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but maintains complexity and intensity in a long, rich finish.
Crisply lush, juicy. Distinct lavender notes, honey, fresh-cut fir, white grape, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Delicately bright, juicy acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. The finish is richly and deeply flavor saturated, though slightly drying in long.
Evaluated as espresso. Lushly floral and brightly fruit-toned. Jasmine, raspberry, lime, crisp roasted cacao nib in aroma and small cup. Light, silky mouthfeel; sweet, richly drying finish. In three parts milk the cacao notes fatten to a dry chocolate, the tart fruit ripens and rounds.
Delicately earthy and tartly fruit-toned. Fresh-cut cedar, chocolate, green grape, plum with a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Bright, lively acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet, rich, slightly drying finish.
Richly and tartly sweet, exotic, complex. Orange, honey and butter in aroma and cup, supported by a crisp backgrounded earth note. Round, gently tart acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries virtually intact into a long, ringing finish.
Evaluated as espresso. Round, crisply sweet, balanced. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, fresh-cut cedar, bourbon-whisky-like hint in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate dominates in a buttery, richly drying finish. Tartly chocolaty with an almost floral vanilla complication in two parts milk.
Pungent cedar, savory-sweet melon, orange zest, hints of raisin and night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Impressively syrupy mouthfeel. A decidedly tart acidity settles down in a very sweet finish.
Lush, crisply juicy. Lavish, complex floral notes matrixed in ripe, lemony citrus, chocolate, a pungent hint of cedar. Sweetly bright, lively acidity; silky mouthfeel. Long, flavor-saturated finish.
Crisply sweet, quietly complex. Chocolate, night-blooming flowers, vanilla, raspberry-like fruit in aroma and cup. Tart but juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but carries well into a rich, long finish.
Evaluated as espresso. Richly tart yet profoundly sweet. Raspberry-toned dark chocolate, orange or tangerine marmalade, crisp cedar, a hint of flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel. Flavor rounds without losing its complexity or sweetly tart authority in two- to four-parts milk.
Evaluated as espresso. Pungent, deep, richly tart. Dark chocolate, apricot, roasted nut, orangy cedar in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a resonant finish. Dominates two parts milk; perhaps shows best in four parts or taller milk, which rounds the tart pungency and better develops the sweetness in the chocolate.
Complex but harmonious. Honey and a very sweet citrus suggesting candied lemon dominate in aroma and cup, with complications of almond, fresh-cut fir and a soft caramel. Smoothly and sweetly tart acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Deep, flavor-saturated finish.
Evaluated as espresso. Deep, sweet-toned aroma: dark chocolate, butter, leather, a hint of pineapple. In the small cup the pineapply fruit note moves forward and dry anise and cedar notes complicate the sweet chocolate. The buttery smoothness of the aroma reasserts itself in a very persistent, complex finish. Rather light, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very fine in three parts milk: buttery chocolate, pineapply fruit, richly balance.
Sweetly tart and exhilaratingly complex. Richly tart fruit – guava, passion fruit – dominate, rounded by a cocoaish chocolate and lush night blooming flowers. Crisp, juicy acidity; light but very silky, lively mouthfeel. Resonantly flavor-saturated, slightly drying finish.
Striking savory sweet character. Preserved fruit – prune and apricot – walnut and malt in aroma and cup. Gently tart, dry acidity; smooth, rather lean mouthfeel. Chocolate, which showed up in the aroma before losing itself in the cup, resurfaces in a rich, rather sweet-toned finish.
Evaluated as espresso. Gently bright and pungent in the small cup: fresh-cut cedar, buttery chocolate, night flowers, hints of apricot and pear. Impressively creamy mouthfeel; rich, flavor-saturated finish. Retains its buttery richness in two parts milk, with flavor dominated by a crisp dark chocolate.
Evaluated as espresso. Rich, deep, chocolaty, with an apricot fruit and a hint of pungent cedar. Buttery mouthfeel; chocolate-toned finish. Maintains flavor well in two parts milk, though the fruit and chocolate turn surprisingly tart and dry.
Honey, pungent cocoa-toned chocolate, lavender-like top notes in aroma and cup. Gently brisk acidity; supple, silky mouthfeel. Flowers and honey in particular carry into a sweet, resonant finish.
Evaluated as espresso. Pungent, rich. Cedar-toned dark chocolate, mango- and banana-like fruit, dusk flowers in aroma and small cup. Fullish, velvety mouthfeel; chocolate and a pungent mango-like fruit in particular linger in a long, deep finish and carry with great authority into two parts milk.
Rich, round and deep. Baker’s chocolate, honey, and an apricot-like fruit in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is drying but sweet, with a persistent chocolate. Three parts milk nicely plumps up the chocolate and encourages a floral nuance in the honey note.
Sweetly pungent, exotic, complex. Distinct grapefruit and guava-like notes, freshly decomposed leaves, a softening hint of cocoa in aroma and cup. Gently rich, juicy acidity. Light but silky mouthfeel. Flavor persists far into a resonant, crisply drying finish.
Deeply and crisply lush. Ripe orange and nectarine, night flowers, very aromatic fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, rich acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. Long, cleanly resonant finish.
Intense, bright, floral. Flowers, pear, apricot, hints of honey and cocoa in aroma and cup. Rich, forceful but balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Fruit notes in particular carry into a long, resonant finish.
Brisk, delicate, complex. Apricot, mandarin orange, dark chocolate, night flowers in aroma and cup. Gently crisp acidity; silky mouthfeel. Richly dry, flavor-saturated finish.
Juicy sweet, tartly spicy. Blackberry, pungent cedar, moist fresh-fallen leaves, hints of lemon and cocoa. Balanced, rich acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Long finish rich with pungently sweet berry and cedar.
Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, crisp, smooth. Raisin, almond, dark chocolate, cantaloupe-like fruit in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular lingers in a pleasantly dry finish. Superb in two parts milk: classic balance with complexly expressed dark chocolate complemented by raisin, apricot, cedar.
Evaluated as espresso. Deep and sweet in the aroma with mint- and brandy-toned dark chocolate, apricot, peach. In the cup the chocolate and fruit turn crisp and salty-savory with an anise-like pungency. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; rich, heavyish, bittersweet finish. In two parts milk the coffee recovers its lift and sweetness with the chocolate and stone fruit softening and blooming.
Intense aroma and flavor: brandy, blueberry, dark chocolate, fresh-cut fir. Gently bright acidity; silky mouthfeel. The sweet-toned cup develops a savory edge as it cools, which carries into a complexly dry, chocolaty finish.
Gracefully intense aromatics with suggestions of lemon blossom, tart plum and apple round into a sweet-toned cup: honey, lemon, stone fruit. Tartly bright acidity; dry but lightly syrupy mouthfeel; long floral and lemony finish.
Intense, sweetly bright, crisp yet lush. Layered fruit – berry, nectarine, green apple – are complicated by fresh-cut fir and almond in aroma and cup. Rich, roundly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The powerful aromatics fade just slightly in a drying finish.
Evaluated as espresso. Fresh-cut fir, cedar and orange-like citrus in the delicate aroma. Lightly syrupy body. Intense flavor: fresh-cut fir persists, complicated by a caramelly milk chocolate and a brisk walnut. Flavor carries well into a complex, resonant finish. Balanced in two parts milk; the fir sweetens and a suggestion of lemon emerges.
Evaluated as espresso. Intense, multidimensional citrus in the aromatics: layered suggestions of grapefruit, lemon, lime. Light but buoyant mouthfeel. Lively in the short cup: cranberry, lime zest, chocolate and cedar carry into a dryish finish. Balanced and sweet in two parts milk: more sweet citrus and a hint of toasted almond.
Evaluated as espresso. Rich aromatics: ripe red apple, caramel and rose-like flowers carry from the aroma into the short cup where they are deepened and complicated by hints of dark chocolate and fir. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor mutes but gently persists in two parts milk.
Evaluated as espresso. Subtle, balanced aroma. Dark chocolate, flowers and berry carry into the cup with the addition of peach-like stone fruit and hints of fir. Deeply syrupy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate dominates the sweet, quiet finish. Fades somewhat in two parts milk, though the peach-like stone fruit ripens and chocolate notes sweeten.
Evaluated as espresso. Sweet-toned, pleasing but simple aromatics: roasted almond, lemon, grape. Buttery mouthfeel. Dry plum, lemon/lime-like citrus and anise carry from the small cup into finish. Continued hints of lemon and anise in a well-balanced, two-part milk drink.
Low-toned, with pungent earthy and cedary notes supporting tart citrus and strawberry. Rich acidity; syrupy but lively mouthfeel. Sweet-toned and deep in the finish.
Evaluated as espresso. Intense aroma: semi-sweet chocolate, rose-like flowers, sweet cherry. All carry into a cup complicated by pungent citrus and aromatic wood. Syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate and rose notes linger in a complex finish. Strong presence in two parts milk: dry, lemony and dark-chocolate-toned. Begins to soften and sweeten toward toffee in three parts milk.
Evaluated as espresso. In the small cup roundly balanced but engagingly complex. Melony fruit, apple, brandy, dark chocolate suggestions in both aroma and cup. Light-footed, creamy mouthfeel; deep, cleanly resonant finish with particular persistence of the dark chocolate note. Strong presence in two parts milk, dominated by a fruit-toned bittersweet chocolate.
Pungent, deep-toned with raisiny, grape-like fruit and tart berry notes in aroma and cup. Quietly rich acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The sweet, raisin-like fruit dominates in a long, resonant finish.
Bright and sweetly tart with complex, refreshing temperate fruit notes: cherry, green apple, orange. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. The finish is very rich, sweet, and saturated with fruit notes, particularly apple.
Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, custardy milk chocolate notes dominate aroma and flavor, saved from simplicity by a green apple tartness and a hint of cedary pungency. The finish in the small cup is surprisingly tight and drying, but the roundly sweet, mousse-like chocolate notes and the hint of tart fruit make an impressive return in two parts milk.
Crisply sweet and cocoa-toned with a deepening and complicating savory hint. Rich, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, almost effervescent mouthfeel. The sweet/savory sensation extends into a long finish.
Complex, exhilarating aromatics: cedar, orange, flowers, with a rounding chocolaty sweetness in the cup. Tart, intense acidity; silky mouthfeel. The tart, acidy sensation dominates in the finish, cushioned by a continued chocolaty sweetness.
Sweet and delicately complex in aroma and cup: clover, moist pipe tobacco, nut, molasses, plum. Crisp, buoyantly lively acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Long, deep, flavor-saturated finish.
Floral notes in aroma and cup anchored by hints of fresh-cut fir and citrus. Delicately crisp acidity; silky mouthfeel. Aromatically simple but deep, sweet-toned finish.
Sweetly tart, soft, balanced, aromatically complex. Orange, black cherry, black currant in aroma and cup, with a faint, backgrounded hint of milk chocolate. Rich, wine-like acidity, lightish body but silky mouthfeel. Sweet, full finish with considerable flavor persistence.
Crisply balanced, fresh and meadowy. Honey, flowers, fresh-cut fir, molasses leaning toward chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Deep, molassesy finish with a continued hint of flowers.
Brightly tart, lighter-roasted cup. Orange, flowers and nut in the aroma. Light body with smooth mouthfeel and a citrusy, zesty acidity. In the cup the citrus softens toward apricot. Brisk, slightly astringent finish.
Deep, complex and layered. Night flowers, molasses, lemon, crisp cocoa in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart acidity, smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Richly balanced, flavor-saturated finish.
Round and elegant. Dominated by notes of stone fruit and honey, with clear hints of flowers and citrus. Rich acidity, syrupy mouthfeel and a clean finish with long, fruit-toned sweetness.
Lively and complex in aroma and cup, with layers of sweet lemon, stone fruit, flowers, and a hint of cocoa. Although the flavors simplify somewhat in the finish, a pronounced chocolate-toned sweetness lingers deeply.
Honey-like sweetness in aroma and cup, with notes of flowers, citrus and stone fruit contributing complexity. Bright acidity, silky mouthfeel and a slightly simplified version of the flavor profile in the finish, along with a distant hint of astringency.
An essay in refined acidity: balanced, tartly sweet, nuanced by ripe tomato and apricot. Further complications of nut and perhaps milk chocolate. Particularly impressive finish: sweet, long, saturated with apricot-toned fruit.
Round, sweet and balanced. Deeply complex, lasting notes of citrus, nut, caramel and baking spices. Refined acidity, silky mouthfeel and a finish that rounds toward a rich milk chocolate, making the whispers of astringency easy to overlook.
Light lemon- and floral-toned aroma with hints of aromatic wood and sweet tea. In the cup smooth acidity, syrupy mouthfeel and a broad range of fruit notes: stone fruit, berries, black currant, flowers. Flavors fade slowly in the almost sugary sweet finish.
A dynamic and engaging coffee. Lushly floral, tartly fruit-toned, with an underlying crisp baker's chocolate. Rich acidity, light-to-medium body. The complex flavor carries into the finish, though it loses some sweetness in the long.
Intense aroma: caramel, nut, molasses. In the cup bright-toned acidity and lightly syrupy mouthfeel, with a lemon note that enlivens continued complications of caramel, nut, and molasses that hints at dark chocolate. The molasses and nut in particular carry into a rich, dry finish.
Evaluated as espresso. Aromatically rich: molasses, nut and caramel with delicate notes of orange and apricot. In the small cup, smooth body and rounded flavors of sweet nut, dark chocolate and prune with a continued orangy hint. The nut character dominates in the finish, turning slightly astringent and walnut-like. Flavors deepen but maintain character in two parts milk: orange-toned milk chocolate dominates with continued complications of nut, caramel and prune-like fruit.
Light-roasted blend with striking aromatics. Intense aroma: fresh-cut wood, perfume-like flowers, molasses, ripe lemon, pine nut, all saturate the intense aroma and carry into a delicately bright cup. Silky to lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The flavors soften and consolidate in a sweet-toned, rich finish.
Complex aromatically and in the cup: a bouquet of jasmine and honey suckle, lemon grass, round orange- and berry-tones. Softly balanced yet rich acidity and silky mouthfeel. Although the floral/fruit complex simplifies slightly in the finish, a milk chocolate-like sweetness emerges.
Intensely rich aroma: grapefruit, sweet-toned sandalwood and cedar. In the cup creamy body, penetratingly but gentle acidity, continued sweetly pungent fruit -- grapefruit, tart berry -- and aromatic wood. A juicy, flavor-saturated short finish turns crisply dry in the long.
Softly complex aroma: hazelnut, milk chocolate, moist pipe tobacco. Refined and balanced in the cup with clear-toned acidity, silky mouthfeel and a sustained complex of flavors that combine nut and milk chocolate with hints of tangerine and grapefruit. The flavor persists deep into the finish, turning sweeter as it fades.
Sweet, nut-toned aroma with hints of flowering grass, fir, molasses. In the cup bright but delicate acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel and great sweetness complicated by tart lemon, caramel and fir. Sweetness and flavor carry into the finish, rounding toward milk chocolate in the long.
Crisp yet lush aromatics carry from nose to cup: cocoaish milk chocolate, aromatic wood, flowers, ripe orange. As the cup cools the fruit and flowers soften to a voluptuous peach. Delicate but rich acidity, leanish but silky mouthfeel, peach- and chocolate-saturated finish.
Sweet stone fruit aroma with hints of toast and cocoa. Bright acidity in the cup, smooth mouthfeel and flavors of tangerine that fade to richly sweet dry berry, milk chocolate and flowers. Long finish with a pungent dark chocolate character.
A delicate, refreshing, meadowy coffee. Flowers, flowering grass, fresh, cherry-toned fruit in the aroma. In the cup gentle, bright acidity, lightish but silky mouthfeel, a distinct honey note with continuing flowers and flowering grass and the pure, tartly sweet taste of the coffee fruit. Slightly astringent but sweet finish; the honey and floral suggestions deepen toward molasses.
Plenty of sweet aromatic wood and soft fruit-tones in the aroma, with a hint of honey. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, balanced fruity acidity, and complex flavors of grapefruit, flowering grasses, earth, aromatic wood and tropical fruit. Long, dry finish with deep earth and wood notes pleasantly persisting in the long.
Soft aromatic notes of cinnamon, vanilla, citrus and toast. A very light roast develops brightness in the cup and simple but delicately nuanced flavors. Flowers and lime at first, deepening and sweetening to round, milky chocolate, with a gently smooth mouthfeel. Finishes cleanly, with a mild hint of sweet chocolate.
Clean, complex, impeccable. Exhilaratingly dominated by crisp, nut-toned dry berry (blackberry, ripe black currant) in aroma and cup. Lush, lightly wine-toned acidity; medium body; syrupy mouthfeel. The underlying sweetness in the cup carries into the long, flavor-permeated finish.
Sweet-toned aromatic wood and roundly fruity aroma, with hints that suggest coconut. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, balanced acidity, and a complex range of flavors - grapefruit, lime, coconut, sweet table grapes, aromatic wood and a suggestion of flowers. Flavor characteristics linger and sweeten in the long, slightly dry finish.
Orange- and lemon-toned fruit, a hint of cedar in the aroma. Soft acidity, smoothly silky mouthfeel, very complex in the cup: pipe tobacco, cocoa, a hint of flowers, orange and lemon. Orange and lemon in particular saturate the sweetly pungent, slightly astringent finish.
A remarkably pure profile for this dried-in-the-fruit coffee type. Lush but delicate aroma: jammy blackberry, cocoa, ripe orange, a hint of cedar. In the cup sweet-toned acidity, lightish body, and a juicy, complex flavor: the cocoa notes move forward, supported by a round, berryish fruit that reads at various moments as red table grape, blackberry, blueberry, ripe orange. The clean, berry-saturated finish fades quickly but pleasingly.
Tropical fruit (mango, papaya) and sweet aromatic wood in the aroma, with the slightest hint of coconut. In the cup medium to full body, balanced acidity, and big, complex flavors ranging from pungent grapefruit and berry to tropical wood. Sweet, dry cedar tones linger in the finish, with a very mild astringency in the long.
Rich aroma with nut and blackberry notes that deepen and resonate in the cup, adding hints of lemon, red wine, flowers, cocoa. Poised and balanced acidity, roundly rich finish, shimmers of flowers.
A very light roast preserves the distinctive and complex aromatics. Crisp but sweet-toned aroma: toast, orange citrus and hints of dry berry and flowers. In the cup the acidity is balanced and rich, the mouthfeel lightly syrupy and the flavor pungently malty with continuing toast, orange, dry berry and floral notes. Long, rich finish.
A very light roast preserves the essential meadowy sweetness and delicacy of this quiet, pure coffee. Notes of fir, honey, molasses and cherry in aroma and cup. The acidity is light-footed and sweet-toned, the mouthfeel silky. Surprisingly rich finish with a very slight woody flatness in the long.
Buttery aroma: nut, flowers, dry berry. Rich acidity, medium body. The elegantly pungent berry note cuppers call black currant dominates in the cup, but supported by a profound underlying sweetness that gives the berry a dark chocolate depth. Flowers revive in the fine, rich, flavor-saturated finish.
Crisply floral-toned aroma, caramel and pear-toned fruit notes, with a hint of cedary warmth. In the cup medium body with a lightly and pleasantly syrupy mouthfeel. A bright, pronounced acidity simplifies the aromatics when the cup is hot, but as it cools a delicate, tight-knit complexity emerges: hints of white wine, caramelly milk chocolate, continued pear-toned fruit. Clean, sweetly dry finish.
Intense, complex aroma. Quite tropical for co-cupper Miguel Meza (92) who cites guava, pineapple, and orange; Ken's (92) associations are more temperate: blueberry, cherry, orange, honey. In the cup both Ken and Miguel find cherry and chocolate, and most likely Miguel's "mango and caramel" and Ken's "candyish butterscotch" both are efforts to find descriptors for the same sensation, a pleasingly pungent sweetness. Miguel passes on the finish; Ken finds the usual flaw haunting this style of coffee: a slight salty astringency hiding amid the lovely fading trajectory of fruit.
Co-cupper Miguel Meza and Ken took different descriptive paths in an attempt to characterize the underlying structure of this low-toned, full-bodied coffee. For Miguel (92) the cup was "soft and comforting" with a mix of "dried fruit and mesquite" and "berries and chocolate." Ken (89) felt the cup's sweet yet salty structure dominated the berry- and cocoa-toned aromatics, making the cup attractive but limited.
Straightforward, lucid, classic. Very sweet-toned aroma with fresh coffee fruit (tart cherry) and honey notes, hints of cedar and lemon. In the cup the honeyish sweetness envelops an intense though not sharp acidity. Continued coffee fruit notes with a lemony lean. Richly tart finish.
Soft, gently balanced aroma with muted but deep orange, chocolate and honey notes. In the cup the mouthfeel is round, full and almost chewily present, the flavor dominated by a simple, dense, cherry-toned chocolate.
A lucidly pure, deeply sweet coffee. In aroma and cup lavish floral notes and gently tart coffee fruit complicate molasses and honey tones that sail with gentle voluptuousness into a long finish.
Deep, sweet-toned aroma with cedar and muted hints of flowers, orange and semi-sweet chocolate. In the cup softly acidy, rather full-bodied, with continued hints of flowers and orange- and peach-toned fruit. Rich finish.
High-toned and sweet aroma, lemon, flowers and menthol with an underlying hint of gently pungent cocoa. Bright and light-bodied in the cup, with continued giddily floral and lemon-toned top notes dominating crisp cocoa mid-tones. Settles into a smoothly rich finish with the quiet cocoa notes finally prevailing.
Intense, deeply rich aroma dominated by cedar notes with hints of plum or prune that lean toward semi-sweet chocolate. In the cup smooth and substantial in mouthfeel, powerful and balanced, but limited in nuance. Like the cup, the finish is structurally impressive (rich, clean) but simple.