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Review Date: January 2015

Price: NT$500/8 ounces

Big, brightly sweet, intense. Complex fruit – red currant, peach, orange – honeysuckle, musk, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Richly tart acidity; full, plush mouthfeel. Long, sweet-toned, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Intricate, exhilarating; crisp yet juicy. Honey, roasted cacao nib, tangerine, sandalwood and very complex flowers, particularly rose and jasmine, in aroma and cup. Juicy, gently tart acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a long, sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: NT$290/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, sweetly pungent, quietly complex. Dark chocolate, tangerine, rich-toned cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp finish. Fills out three parts milk nicely, with fat mouthfeel and good persistence of chocolate, cedar and tangerine notes.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $45.00/8 ounces

Profoundly intricate yet balanced, complete. Roasted cacao nib, saffron, jasmine, candied mango, blood orange in aroma and cup. Delicately rich, balanced acidity; silky mouthfeel. Jasmine and saffron in particular carry into a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Juicy but brisk, intricate. Honey, orange, mango, lilac-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; smoothly satiny, lively mouthfeel. Flowers and cacao nib in particular saturate a deep, crisply bittersweet finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $25.00/12 ounces

Delicate but deep; resonantly intricate. Lush rose, roasted cacoa-nib, mango chutney, blood orange, frankincense-like aromatic wood in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy, complex acidity; lightly silky, plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but saturates a long finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $35.95/8 ounces

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee Logo

Big, juicy, resonantly bright. Blood orange, black currant, lilac, vanilla, dark chocolate. Rich, round, lively acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but retains depth and sweetness in a long finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $182.45/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Intense, sweet, juicy, intricate. Strawberry, blueberry, complex flowers (citrus blossom, lavender), pear cider, roasted almond in aroma and cup. Bright, vivacious acidity; light, buoyant, almost effervescent mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a gently drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $20.00/16 ounces

Perfectly structured; pungent, juicy, deeply complex. Honey, lemon, blackberry, black cherry, intense narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, balanced acidity; plush, lively mouthfeel. Honey, lemon, berry, a hint of nut-toned cacao nib carry into a long, thoroughly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $40.00/8 ounces

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Logo

Intense, juicy, massively complex. Honey, mango, grapefruit, bakers’ chocolate, tea rose, much more in aroma and cup. Big, sweetly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. In the finish flavor consolidates but rings on, gentle, layered, resonant.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 7

Big, round, ringingly sweet, vivacious. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, rose-like flowers, tangelo, saucy cranberry, pear in aroma and cup. Deep, nuanced, lively acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Cacao nib, rose and pear in particular saturate a long, sweet-toned, resonant finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2104 - No. 12

Amazingly sweet, lushly fruit-toned. Orangy citrus, blueberry, dark chocolate, apple cider, cherry blossom in aroma and cup. Vibrant, rich acidity; syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Deeply flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $24.00/150 grams

Intense but balanced; expansively complex. Honeysuckle, very ripe, perhaps candied tangerine, papaya, crisply nut-toned cacao nib in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly brisk acidity; light, very silky and buoyant mouthfeel. The ripe citrus and sweet papaya in particular carry into a rich finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $62.00/8 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Intricately rich, delicately bittersweet. Honey, peach, kumquat, orange blossom, hazelnut, a suggestion of angostura bitters in aroma and cup. Delicately brisk, spice-toned acidity; lightly satiny mouthfeel. Resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.50/12 ounces

Pungent, deep, spicy. Milk chocolate, Concord grape, passion flower, aromatic sandalwood, a hint of savory black truffle in aroma and cup. Tart, juicy acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Rich, spice-toned, slightly savory finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #29

Exotically pungent, deep, intricate. Strawberry, mint, dark chocolate, banana, musky flowers, a faint hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Deep, backgrounded but vibrant acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular carries into a sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $16.00/150 grams

Intense; spicy and floral; richly dry. Black currant, lavender, mulling spices, anise, a hint of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Bright acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The lavender, black currant and anise suggestions all deeply saturate a roundly drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $30.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #24

Extravagant, complex; immense sweetness. Honey, cocoa-butter, sweetly tart fruit (loquat, tangerine, strawberry), violet-like flowers, incense-like pungency (saffron, myrrh, sandalwood). Rich, lyrical acidity; smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on in a long, layered finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $72.45/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Impressive balance and completeness, astounding complexity. Sweet, orchid-like flowers, pineapple, strawberry, sweet, orchid-like flowers, crisp roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Plump, juicy acidity; nectar-like mouthfeel. Flavor generalizes around the fruit and floral notes but rings on in a long, deep finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Crisply sweet, giddily lively. Complex flowers (lilac, lavender, freesia), butter, roasted cacao nib, brown sugar, dry berry in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly bright acidity; silky mouthfeel. Sweet-toned, flavor-saturated finish.

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