Reviews for Equator Coffees & Teas

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $30.50/4 ounces

Intensely rich, sweetly savory. Dried raspberry, aged rum, paprika, pipe tobacco, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure with gentle acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish fulfills the promise of the cup, carrying over each of the distinct fruit, earth, spice and chocolate notes, together with a hint of sweet ferment suggesting aged rum.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $37.00/4 ounces

Spice-toned, richly sweet. Raspberry, dark chocolate, hazelnut, gardenia, bergamot in aroma and cup. Sweet, fruit-forward structure; full, satiny mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish is characterized by notes of rich chocolate with berry and bittersweet citrus complications.

Review Date: Aug 2017

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Wood-framed, spice- and flower-toned. Brazil nut, wisteria, pink peppercorn, dark chocolate, lightly scorched fir in aroma and cup. In structure sweet, with a salty/savory edge. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Pleasantly drying in the finish, with a rich aromatic wood supporting nutty chocolate and floral suggestions.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Top 30: No. 18 Coffee of 2017

Complexly structured; tart, sweet-savory, balanced. Mango, cedar, molasses, fresh pipe tobacco, grapefruit zest in aroma and cup. Gently crisp acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Tobacco, cedar and the mango-like fruit carry into a quiet finish.

Review Date: Aug 2016

Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Crisply sweet, complex. Vanilla, grapefruit zest, roasted cacao nib, jasmine, pomegranate in aroma and cup. Zesty, sweet-tart acidity; honey-like mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is brisk with notes of pomegranate and grapefruit zest in the short, rounding to cacao nib in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2016

Price: $16.75/12 ounces

Delicate, sweetly spicy. Toffee, clove, sweet grapefruit, lavender in aroma and cup. Briskly tart, balanced acidity; crisp, delicate mouthfeel. Toffee and sweet grapefruit notes carry the rich, lightly sweet, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Oct 2015

Price: $49.95/8 ounces

Crisply nutty, exuberantly floral. Almond, cedar, brown sugar, ripe orange, complex flowers (gardenia, lavender, rose) in aroma and cup. Round, deeply expressed acidity; plump mouthfeel. Cedar and orange carry into a sweet, mildly drying finish.

Review Date: Apr 2015

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Coffee Review's No. 28 Coffee of 2015

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.

Review Date: Mar 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Sweetly crisp, pure, delicate. Red currant, bakers’ chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, hints of grapefruit and lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Lightly expressed, gently bright acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor carries almost intact into a resonantly sweet finish.

Review Date: Nov 2014

Price: $17.95/12 ounces

Delicate in the nose, syrupy in the cup, quietly complex throughout. Honey, distinct dark chocolate, lemon zest, peach, violet in aroma and cup. Richly and complexly expressed acidity; full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. A mildly drying but long and resonant finish, with pleasing hints of the peach and violet persisting.

Review Date: Oct 2014

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Simultaneously delicately sweet and richly pungent. Brown sugar, dark chocolate, apricot and peach, fresh-cut cedar, plum blossom in aroma and cup. Soft, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Balanced, gently rich finish.

Review Date: Sep 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.

Review Date: Aug 2014

Price: $29.95/8 ounces

Very sweet throughout; subtle, delicate, lyric. Green grape, flowers (wisteria?), tangerine, roasted cacao nib, raisin in aroma and cup. Crisp, soft, cleanly wine-toned acidity; very light but lively, silky mouthfeel. More sweetness in a floral-and-grape-toned finish.

Review Date: Apr 2014

Price: $15.35/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #28

Intensely floral, deeply complex. Rose- and lavender-like flowers, honey, cacao nib, apricot, a delicate hint of cashew in aroma and cup. Gently buoyant, lively acidity, light but very silky mouthfeel. Lavender and cashew in particular persist in a sweet-toned, balanced finish.

Review Date: Mar 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Crisp, delicate but deep. Peach, milk chocolate, bergamot-like citrus, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Gently bright, refined acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular carries into a gently rich finish.

Review Date: Dec 2013

Price: $49.95/8 ounces

Softly lush, complex flowers, crisp roasted cacao nib, tangerine-like citrus, apple cider in aroma and cup. Gently bright, juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The apple cider suggestion is particularly distinct in a slightly drying though resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Jun 2013

Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Tartly sweet, spicily earthy. Dark chocolate, nutmeg, butterscotch, almond in aroma and cup. Gently bright, juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on sweetly and richly in the finish.

Review Date: Mar 2013

Price: $13.50/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2013 - #25

Sweet-toned, svelte, refreshing. Honey, lemon, lilac, a hint of roasted cocoa nib in aroma and, more intensely, in the cup. Tartly sweet, lively acidity; velvety, buoyant mouthfeel. Fades just a bit in the long finish, but the short is resonant and flavor-saturated.

Review Date: Aug 2012

Price: $49.00/8 ounces

Lush honey, crisp lavender, hints of peach and vanilla in aroma and cup. The acidity is quite tart, but also sweet and rich. Fullish, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Honey and lavender carry into a sweet but drying finish.

Review Date: May 2012

Price: $16.95/16 ounces

Lush, ripe cherry and table grape in aroma and cup, complemented by a dry, savory cedar note, particularly in the cup. Crisp, delicately balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Simple but rich finish.