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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Brisk yet juicy; complex. Honey, hazelnut, roasted cacao nib, peach, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and cup. Crisp, balanced acidity; lightly smooth, satiny mouthfeel. Peach, honey and cacao nib in particular carry into a flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: NTD $600/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Exhilaratingly bright without sharpness; juicy. Mango, pineapple, roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Lively, effervescent mouthfeel. The pineapple fruit softens and the cacao nib deepens toward chocolate in a long, very sweet finish. In three parts milk the tropical fruit notes turn almost buttery: think ripe papaya.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Monumental yet elegant. Explosive aromatics: Papaya and orange, baker’s chocolate, sweet layered flowers (lilac, honeysuckle), pungent hints of juniper and myrrh carry intact into the cup. Brisk but juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. A dry chocolate hint in particular carries into a deep, long finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Deeply complex, resonant. Lavender-like flowers, perique-like fermented tobacco, white truffle, pink grapefruit, and supporting it all a fudgy chocolate. Richly balanced acidity, lightly syrupy and lively mouthfeel. Chocolate, tobacco and flowers all carry with impressive continuity into a long finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: NT $520/225 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Lush tropical fruit and tart berry dominates with a chocolaty depth that for co-taster Ethan Hill (94) evoked “chocolate-covered raisin and tropical fruit.” Ken (94) for his part cited cleanly sweet alcohol suggestions (“fruity cabernet”), and both remarked on a sweetly tart pineapple top note that carried throughout the profile. For both tasters the mouthfeel was “plush [and] velvety,” the finish a bit drying but still saturated with the fruit and chocolate suggestions. In three parts milk the fruit and chocolate rounded but persisted with satisfying continuity.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: RMB $350/75 grams

Beautifully structured, seething with intricate aroma and flavor notes. Lavender, jasmine, kiwi, pomegranate, sandalwood, much more in aroma and cup. Sweetly juicy, complexly expressed acidity; syrupy, gently buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a long, arcing finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: RMB $234/125 grams

Gentle and roundly bright, quietly intricate. Honeydew melon, almond, spicy fresh-cut redwood, lush lily in aroma and cup. Suave, lively acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Poised, gently flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.45/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Softly pungent, lushly exhilarating. Narcissus-like flowers, dark chocolate, sweet lime, myrrh in aroma and cup. Quietly though complexly bright acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a sweet finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $30.95/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Juicy, velvety, complete. Crisp roasted cacao nib, ripe citrus and strawberry, honeysuckle, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Gently vibrant, perfectly balanced acidity; plush mouthfeel. Sweet, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Lush, intricate, with a deep, cushiony sweetness. Lavishly complex floral notes – cherry blossom, lavender, saffron, more – complicated by mulberry, tangerine and a crisp roasted cacao nib. Round, floral-toned acidity; plush, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly the floral notes, sustain in a long, balanced, lightly drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $48.50/8 ounces

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Massively complex: original; brisk yet juicy. Lilac, tropical fruit, floral-toned herb, vanilla, frankincense in aroma and cup. Big, richly juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers and fruit leave the herbs and incense behind in a long, shimmering finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Soft, enveloping, resonantly complex. Rose and violet floral notes, apricot, dark chocolate, clove and marjoram in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; satiny, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a brisk short finish; floral and chocolate return sweetly in the long.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Big, pungent, zesty. Pink peppercorn, grapefruit, narcissus, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Lilting, very sweetly and gently bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flowers and citrus in particular saturate a crisply drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $12.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Vibrantly rich, sweet, intense. Chocolate fudge, passion-fruit, mango, jasmine, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around cocoa and sandalwood in a resonant, slightly drying finish. Chocolate dominates in three parts milk with continued hints of passion-fruit and mango.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $27.50/12 ounces

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Logo

Sweetly bright; exhilaratingly floral. Honeysuckle, lavender, apple, walnut in aroma and cup. Crisp, very sweet acidity; lively, syrupy mouthfeel. The distinct apple and floral notes carry into a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $46.00/10 ounces

Very sweet, exhilaratingly floral, lavishly complex. Lavender honey; floral notes ranging from violet to lily; candied lemon and blood orange; roasted cacao nib; black cherry in aroma and cup. Delicate, gently crisp, very sweet acidity; syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Deep, long, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $12.00/8 ounces

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The intoxicating spirits-rich aromas of the cask dominate in the nose, but a fine coffee character emerges in the cup to balance and support the casky rum notes with suggestions of dark chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, almond, passion flower. Smooth, rounded acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Very long, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $49.25/8 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Intense, flamboyantly lush yet elegantly crisp. Complex floral notes (lilac to lavender), roasted cacao nib, mango, sandalwood, a hint of rye whisky in aroma and cup. Richly and sweetly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Long, resonant, deeply flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Very sweet, very tart, intense. Red currant, honey, blood orange, cumin, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Richly bright acidity; syrupy but lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates and acidity rounds in a resonant finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Deep, resonant, opulent. Blackberry, kumquat, chocolate fudge, the lush scent of plumeria in aroma and cup. Big, juicy acidity; syrupy though buoyant mouthfeel. The blackberry and chocolate notes in particular lead into a very sweet, flavor-saturated finish.

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