Reviews for The WestBean Coffee Roasters

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Fruit-forward, delicate yet intense. Complex flowers (lily to lavendar), sandalwood, dark chocolate, plum, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Roundly and deeply crisp in structure; lightly satiny in mouthfeel. The finish is resonant and sweet with chocolate and a continuing hint of brandy.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Sweetly savory, layered. Rhododendron-like flowers, cinnamon, baker’s chocolate, cedar, red currant in aroma and cup. Round, savory-leaning structure; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The quiet finish centers on notes of vanilla-like florals and baker’s chocolate, with a hint of cinnamon.

Review Date: Aug 2017

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

: Richly pungent, low-toned but floral and chocolaty. Lush, complex flowers, baker’s chocolate, dried raspberry, smoky sandalwood, a hint of black pepper in aroma and cup. Bittersweet and savory in structure; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp flowers and chocolate carry into a drying finish.

Review Date: Apr 2017

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Deeply and sweetly pungent. Ripe blueberry, dark chocolate, calla lily, orange zest, aromatic sandalwood in aroma and cup. Quiet, gentle acidity; silky mouthfeel. The ripe blueberry and dark chocolate notes carry with resonance into the short finish, while richly drying sandalwood tones dominate the long.

Review Date: Aug 2016

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Brightly sweet, crisp. Grapefruit zest, lily, cinnamon, blackcurrant, vanilla in aroma and cup. Lively, juicy acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The rich, deep finish is alive with lily and vanilla suggestions; blackcurrant and grapefruit zest come forward in the long.

Review Date: Aug 2016

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Sweetly nut-toned, original. Lavender, walnut, black peppercorn, date, cocoa powder in aroma and cup. Gentle, crisp acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Piquant, sweet lavender, cocoa powder and date are together supported by walnut in the rich, deeply layered finish.

Review Date: Jun 2015

Price: $24.00/16 ounces

Gently bright; discreetly exotic. Honeysuckle, mango, lemon curd, walnut, a hint of myrrh in aroma and cup. Brisk but juicy acidity; light, satiny mouthfeel. Fruit and walnut carry into a crisp, balanced finish.

Review Date: Sep 2014

Price: $28.00/16 ounces

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Richly and deeply pungent. Honey, blood orange, blackberry, roasted cacao nib, lilac-like flowers, a hint of pungent wood (eucalyptus?) in aroma and cup. Big but gently expressed acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a long, resonant finish.

Review Date: Jul 2014

Price: $19.00/16 ounces

Soft, subtle, distinctive. Dark chocolate, apricot, tangerine, honeysuckle, a savory hint of mace in aroma and cup. Softly resonant acidity; plush, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a richly sweet short finish that turns mildly drying in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2013

Price: $13.99/8 ounces

Intense, elegant. Mint, lilac-like flowers, dark chocolate, pungent juniper berry in aroma and cup. Sweetly brisk, complexly expressed acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular carries into a rich though drying finish.

Review Date: Mar 2013

Price: $16.99/8 ounces

Gentle, balanced, quietly complex. Honey, dark chocolate, pungent fir, orange zest in aroma and cup. Delicate, lively acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, lightly flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Sep 2012

Price: $19.99/16 ounces

Spicy, delicate, complex. Orange, savory spice, honey, night flowers in aroma and cup. Gently lively acidity; very smooth, delicately syrupy mouthfeel. Orange in particular persists in a very sweet, long finish.

Review Date: Jul 2012

Price: $19.99/16 ounces

Delicate and meadowy sweet. Honey and molasses, flowering grasses, lemon in aroma and cup. Deepens and develops a chocolaty hint in the cup. Brisk, floral-toned acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. Despite the delicacy of the cup, rich-finishing, with a continuing hint of chocolate.

Review Date: Mar 2012

Price: $15.99/8 ounces

Crisply tart, dry berry and pungent grapefruit dominate in aroma and cup, with rounding hints of nut-toned cocoa and caramel. Intense, brightly balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Rich, dry, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Sep 2011

Price: $16.98/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Elegantly sweet aroma and flavor in the short cup suggests evening flowers, almond-like nut, dark chocolate and a nectarine-like stone fruit. The stone fruit develops a bright, citrusy edge in the cup. Lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; citrus and chocolate carry into the finish. Pronounced presence in two parts milk; the citrus and chocolate character show up with particular clarity.

Review Date: Jul 2011

Price: $14.99/16 ounces

Deep, resonant with dry fruit notes. Baker’s chocolate, ripe citrus, pungently tart berry in aroma and cup. Round, syrupy mouthfeel; rich, impressively flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $7.50/8 oz.

Bright with bergamot and bittersweet lemon, crisp baker’s chocolate and fresh-cut fir, this dried-in-the-fruit coffee cupped more like a fine Ethiopia washed coffee than a natural, though a rounding hint of cherry-blueberry sweetness complicated the profile and appeared to confirm its processing method. Delicate acidity; light, silky mouthfeel; long, lemon-and-cocoa-saturated finish.

Review Date: Sep 2010

Price: $7.50/8 oz.

A big winner in four parts milk. Co-taster Andy Newbom (90) had it at 9 in milk while Ken (93) went to the limit at 10. Both keyed on a big, round, peachy fruit complexity and fine balance of milk and coffee. As straight espresso dominated by fruit as well: ripe, apricot-toned, a little wine-like, with a tart “sparkle” (Andy) of citrus. But the whole sensory package bloomed in milk with particular power and completeness.