Reviews for JBC Coffee Roasters
A delicate, refreshing, meadowy coffee. Flowers, flowering grass, fresh, cherry-toned fruit in the aroma. In the cup gentle, bright acidity, lightish but silky mouthfeel, a distinct honey note with continuing flowers and flowering grass and the pure, tartly sweet taste of the coffee fruit. Slightly astringent but sweet finish; the honey and floral suggestions deepen toward molasses.
Sweet stone fruit aroma with hints of toast and cocoa. Bright acidity in the cup, smooth mouthfeel and flavors of tangerine that fade to richly sweet dry berry, milk chocolate and flowers. Long finish with a pungent dark chocolate character.
Plenty of sweet aromatic wood and soft fruit-tones in the aroma, with a hint of honey. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, balanced fruity acidity, and complex flavors of grapefruit, flowering grasses, earth, aromatic wood and tropical fruit. Long, dry finish with deep earth and wood notes pleasantly persisting in the long.
Soft aromatic notes of cinnamon, vanilla, citrus and toast. A very light roast develops brightness in the cup and simple but delicately nuanced flavors. Flowers and lime at first, deepening and sweetening to round, milky chocolate, with a gently smooth mouthfeel. Finishes cleanly, with a mild hint of sweet chocolate.
Clean, complex, impeccable. Exhilaratingly dominated by crisp, nut-toned dry berry (blackberry, ripe black currant) in aroma and cup. Lush, lightly wine-toned acidity; medium body; syrupy mouthfeel. The underlying sweetness in the cup carries into the long, flavor-permeated finish.
Sweet-toned aromatic wood and roundly fruity aroma, with hints that suggest coconut. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, balanced acidity, and a complex range of flavors - grapefruit, lime, coconut, sweet table grapes, aromatic wood and a suggestion of flowers. Flavor characteristics linger and sweeten in the long, slightly dry finish.
Orange- and lemon-toned fruit, a hint of cedar in the aroma. Soft acidity, smoothly silky mouthfeel, very complex in the cup: pipe tobacco, cocoa, a hint of flowers, orange and lemon. Orange and lemon in particular saturate the sweetly pungent, slightly astringent finish.
A remarkably pure profile for this dried-in-the-fruit coffee type. Lush but delicate aroma: jammy blackberry, cocoa, ripe orange, a hint of cedar. In the cup sweet-toned acidity, lightish body, and a juicy, complex flavor: the cocoa notes move forward, supported by a round, berryish fruit that reads at various moments as red table grape, blackberry, blueberry, ripe orange. The clean, berry-saturated finish fades quickly but pleasingly.
Tropical fruit (mango, papaya) and sweet aromatic wood in the aroma, with the slightest hint of coconut. In the cup medium to full body, balanced acidity, and big, complex flavors ranging from pungent grapefruit and berry to tropical wood. Sweet, dry cedar tones linger in the finish, with a very mild astringency in the long.
Rich aroma with nut and blackberry notes that deepen and resonate in the cup, adding hints of lemon, red wine, flowers, cocoa. Poised and balanced acidity, roundly rich finish, shimmers of flowers.
A very light roast preserves the distinctive and complex aromatics. Crisp but sweet-toned aroma: toast, orange citrus and hints of dry berry and flowers. In the cup the acidity is balanced and rich, the mouthfeel lightly syrupy and the flavor pungently malty with continuing toast, orange, dry berry and floral notes. Long, rich finish.
A very light roast preserves the essential meadowy sweetness and delicacy of this quiet, pure coffee. Notes of fir, honey, molasses and cherry in aroma and cup. The acidity is light-footed and sweet-toned, the mouthfeel silky. Surprisingly rich finish with a very slight woody flatness in the long.
Buttery aroma: nut, flowers, dry berry. Rich acidity, medium body. The elegantly pungent berry note cuppers call black currant dominates in the cup, but supported by a profound underlying sweetness that gives the berry a dark chocolate depth. Flowers revive in the fine, rich, flavor-saturated finish.
Crisply floral-toned aroma, caramel and pear-toned fruit notes, with a hint of cedary warmth. In the cup medium body with a lightly and pleasantly syrupy mouthfeel. A bright, pronounced acidity simplifies the aromatics when the cup is hot, but as it cools a delicate, tight-knit complexity emerges: hints of white wine, caramelly milk chocolate, continued pear-toned fruit. Clean, sweetly dry finish.
Intense, complex aroma. Quite tropical for co-cupper Miguel Meza (92) who cites guava, pineapple, and orange; Ken's (92) associations are more temperate: blueberry, cherry, orange, honey. In the cup both Ken and Miguel find cherry and chocolate, and most likely Miguel's "mango and caramel" and Ken's "candyish butterscotch" both are efforts to find descriptors for the same sensation, a pleasingly pungent sweetness. Miguel passes on the finish; Ken finds the usual flaw haunting this style of coffee: a slight salty astringency hiding amid the lovely fading trajectory of fruit.
Co-cupper Miguel Meza and Ken took different descriptive paths in an attempt to characterize the underlying structure of this low-toned, full-bodied coffee. For Miguel (92) the cup was "soft and comforting" with a mix of "dried fruit and mesquite" and "berries and chocolate." Ken (89) felt the cup's sweet yet salty structure dominated the berry- and cocoa-toned aromatics, making the cup attractive but limited.
Straightforward, lucid, classic. Very sweet-toned aroma with fresh coffee fruit (tart cherry) and honey notes, hints of cedar and lemon. In the cup the honeyish sweetness envelops an intense though not sharp acidity. Continued coffee fruit notes with a lemony lean. Richly tart finish.
Soft, gently balanced aroma with muted but deep orange, chocolate and honey notes. In the cup the mouthfeel is round, full and almost chewily present, the flavor dominated by a simple, dense, cherry-toned chocolate.
A lucidly pure, deeply sweet coffee. In aroma and cup lavish floral notes and gently tart coffee fruit complicate molasses and honey tones that sail with gentle voluptuousness into a long finish.
Deep, sweet-toned aroma with cedar and muted hints of flowers, orange and semi-sweet chocolate. In the cup softly acidy, rather full-bodied, with continued hints of flowers and orange- and peach-toned fruit. Rich finish.