Recent Coffee Reviews

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $49.95/8 ounces

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Beautifully structured and almost impossibly intricate in flavor and aroma. The fruit sensation is so deep and so complex that one could find almost any note in it: we settled on guava, mango and tangerine. Intensely floral – passion fruit, lilac, lily – with crisp cacao nib and sandalwood complication. Rich, lyric acidity; syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. The aromatic fireworks quiet a bit but still saturate the finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Deep, low-toned, opulent. Minty dark chocolate, ripe pineapple, orange, hints of clove and lilac in aroma and cup. Rich, round, vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Fruit-nuanced chocolate rings far into a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

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Sweet-toned, gentle, juicy. Pineapple, sweet chocolate, rum, minty flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Round, richly lively acidity; full, very syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a finish that balances continuing sweetness with a crisp drying edge.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/8 ounces

Sweetly and delicately pungent; exotically complex. Honey, jasmine, lavender, lemon verbena, crisp suggestions of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Gently rich, brandyish acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Honey and cacao nib in particular carry into a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $17.90/12 ounces

Balanced, quietly complete, subtly original. Orange, fresh-cut cedar, lily-like flowers, roasted cacoa nib, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet, smoothly nuanced acidity; syrupy though lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but maintains a resonant, layered complexity in a quiet, lasting finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: NT$ 480/8 ounces

Delicate and exotic. Sugar cane, ripe lime, orange, fresh-cut cedar, wisteria, a hint of rye whisky in aroma and cup. Soft, lyrically sweet acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet, cleanly whisky-toned finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: HK $178/200 grams

Distinctly brandy-toned, sweet yet briskly pungent. Cleanly expressed brandy, strawberry-like fruit, dark chocolate, night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Round, gently vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, very buoyant and lively mouthfeel. Rich, deep, profoundly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: KRW 50,000/200 grams

Delicate, crisply and sweetly intricate. Honey, mango-like fruit, elderberry and very complex floral notes, ranging from bitterish lavender through lush honeysuckle. A hint of rye whisky, a sort of essence of rye whisky, supports the fruit and flowers. Tart though very sweet acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. Deep, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/16 ounces

Balanced, sweet-toned, quietly complex. Fresh cane sugar and lush honeysuckle in front, supported by layered hints of orange, vanilla, roasted cacao nib, thyme. Crisp, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Vanilla and orange in particular carry into a continued sweet, gently flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Very sweet, lyric, juicy. Honey, peach, caramel, honeysuckle-like flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Delicately and sweetly bright acidity; very silky, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around peach and caramel in a continuing sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Big, crisply sweet, deep. Brisk walnut, guava and roasted cacao nib in front, softened and supported by backgrounded narcissus-like flowers and aprium-like fruit. Rich, bittersweet-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate suggestions in particular carry into a resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $17.45/12 ounces

Sweet-toned, deep; lovely balance. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, hazelnut, white peach, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Plump, soft acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rich, sweet, cleanly straightforward finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

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Softly and distinctively pungent. Roasted cacao nib, butterscotch, narcissus-like flowers, tangerine-like fruit in aroma and cup. Gently vibrant acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lingers in a crisp, sweet finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Complex; floral and chocolaty. The floral notes are particularly intricate, both sweet yet incense-like; the chocolate is sweet with crisp hazelnut-like complication. Round, quiet acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but retains character in a cleanly rich finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

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Round, layered, cocoa-toned complexity. Dark chocolate, black cherry, vanilla, floral peach in aroma and cup. Rich, juicy acidity; very smooth, lightly plush mouthfeel. Suave, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $16.99/16 ounces

Deep, boldly pungent. Crisp black currant, lush night-blooming flowers, oak, a buttery hint of dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and black currant in particular carry into a roundly resonant finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: NTD $800/ 8 ounces

Sweetly and richly fermenty: rye whisky, lilac-like flowers, lemon custard, carob and almond suggestions in aroma and cup. Tart, lively acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a clean though richly drying finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Complexly structured: quite sweet with a tart and bitterish balance. Honey, tangerine, dark chocolate, hints of flowers and apricot in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel. The short finish is sweet and gently flavor saturated; the long turns richly drying. Pronounced presence in milk: fat-bodied, chocolaty, with a hint of flowers.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: TWD $1000/554 grams

Intense, exotic. Complex floral notes (jasmine, lily) lemon zest, roasted cacao nib, spicy aromatic wood in aroma and cup. Rich, brisk acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers and zesty citrus carry into a dry finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

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An original and striking, though perhaps potentially polarizing coffee. Its juxtaposition of honeyish and cherry-like sweetness with savory notes that suggest dried mushroom and thyme will not please everyone, but will delight many. Even the floral notes combine savory and sweet. Quiet but richly vibrant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The complexity of the flavor consolidates but persists in the finish.

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