Reviews for January 9th, 2012

Review Date: January 2012

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

A hard, medicinal taint dominates in aroma, cup and finish, only partly softened by hints of sweet cocoa and almond. Muted but bitterish acidity; lean mouthfeel.

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Review Date: January 2012

Price: $10.99/12 ounces

Flat, woody sensations almost completely dominate, probably owing to the acid-reducing, super-slow roasting process exacerbating a mild mustiness in one or more of the component green coffees. Lean but smooth mouthfeel. We may have picked up some softening apricot-like fruit in aroma and cup.

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Review Date: January 2012

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

A pungent musty note reads charitably as dark chocolate in some cups, with a bit of crisp, apple-like complication. In other cups it reads mainly as musty. Best feature is a fullish though slightly rough mouthfeel. The chocolate suggestions fade quickly in a drying finish. We deducted three rating points from the raw score for the uneven cups and the musty suggestions.

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Review Date: January 2012

Price: $13.50/12 ounces

Smoky paper was our first descriptor for this coffee; we upgraded to sour wood rounded by a molasses-like sweetness that at least hinted at good things: maple syrup, perhaps, or dark caramel. Sweet but very woody in the finish.

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Review Date: January 2012

Price: $10.99/12 ounces

Roundly and richly smoky, with charred wood and walnut notes and faint hints of flowers, chocolate and perhaps, not unpleasantly, rubber. Dullish acidity; full but slightly rough-textured mouthfeel. Chocolate and charred wood carry into a sweet-toned but drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2012

Price: $9.49/12 ounces

Charred wood with a backgrounded dark chocolate sweetness dominates in aroma. The dark chocolate character intensifies in the cup, complicated by a hint of orangy fruit. Lean but smooth mouthfeel; sweetly smoky in the finish.

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Review Date: January 2012

Price: $10.75/16 ounces

Roast-dominated profile. Charred wood rounds toward dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Hints of cardamom and flowers. Roast-muted acidity; full though rather rough mouthfeel. Chocolate persists pleasantly in a bittersweet, slightly drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2012

Price: $16.95/16 ounces

Rich, pungent, grapefruit-like citrus dominates aroma and cup, with dark chocolate, berry and cedar complication. Round, crisp, balanced acidity; leanish mouthfeel. Sweet-toned but drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2012

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Sweetly crisp, delicate. Cedar, honey, red apple, cocoaish chocolate, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Gentle acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Cocoa and apple carry into a sweet, slightly drying finish.

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