Reviews for JBC Coffee Roasters
Richly sweet, delicately savory. Lilac, chocolate fudge, pomegranate, frankincense, honey in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory structure with bright, juicy acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish is resonant with notes of lilac and pomegranate in the short and chocolate-toned frankincense in the long.
Big, round, deeply resonant, layered. Fresh-cut cedar, baker’s chocolate, autumn squash, a hint of thyme in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory, low-toned in structure; full, syrupy in mouthfeel. In the finish most flavor details fade, but a powerful, chocolate-complicated sweetness rings on.
Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, crisply sweet-savory. Tamarind, baker’s chocolate, rhododendron, mulberry, oak in aroma and small cup. Confident, satiny-smooth mouthfeel; richly drying finish redolent of chocolate-toned aromatic oak. In three parts milk, chocolate and sweet floral notes merge and bloom, and a pretty hint of tangerine zest also surfaces.
Deeply sweet, richly savory. Dried apricot, roasted cacao nib, freesia, almond, tamarind in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory structure; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of dried stone fruit and spicy florals in the short, rounding to almond and cocoa in the long, with a hint of tamarind-like sweet-tartness.
Deeply sweet, intensely pungent. Dark chocolate, tangerine zest, star jasmine, maple syrup, frankincense in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet-toned in structure with lively, bright acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The finish is as elegant as the cup implies: flavor-saturated, floral-, chocolate- and fruit-toned in both short and long.
Intensely rich, deeply sweet, complex. Chocolate fudge, lavender, grapefruit zest, moist perique-style tobacco, coconut-covered date in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory in structure with lively acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-laden finish offers chocolate-toned spicy florals in the short resolving to rich date notes with undertones of perique tobacco in the long.
Crisply sweet, high-toned. Maple syrup, narcissus, ripe orange, hazelnut, a hint of cardamom in aroma and cup. Gently sweet-tart structure; velvety mouthfeel. The short finish leads with attractive bittersweet orange tones; narcissus and cardamom carry the long.
Sweetly bright, spicy and savory-edged. Orange zest, black currant, baker’s chocolate, tamarind, floral-toned vanilla, redwood in aroma and cup. Deeply bright and richly savory in structure; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Very deep, very lasting finish, saturated with flavor: chocolate, black currant, vanilla.
Evaluated as espresso. Big-bodied, complexly structured: sweet-savory-tart. Notes of dark chocolate, plumeria, peach, cumin, pistachio in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a dry though richly expressed finish. The dark chocolate, pistachio and peach-toned fruit notes carry crisply but seductively into three-parts milk.
High-toned, crisply sweet-tart, richly savory. Jasmine, roasted cacao nib, lemon verbena, grapefruit zest, aromatic mushroom in aroma and cup. Balanced sweetly tart structure with a rich umami undercurrent; buoyant, satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish leads with floral notes (jasmine) and closes with crisply sweet citrus (lemon verbena, grapefruit zest).
Delicate, sweet-toned, herbaceous. Milk chocolate, spearmint, gardenia, sarsparilla, date in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-tart, vibrant structure; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The cocoa- and floral-toned finish, with undertones of sweet herb notes, goes on and on.
Sweetly tart, richly savory. Red currant, baker’s chocolate, fine musk, redwood, a hint of fresh parsley in aroma and cup. Distinctly sweet-savory structure; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish leads with notes of fine musk and red currant in the short, rounding into richly wood-framed chocolate in the long.
Complex, richly sweet-savory. Jasmine, pomegranate, nutella, marjoram, frankincense in aroma and cup. Crisply bittersweet structure with high-toned acidity; velvety mouthfeel. A surprising coconut note surfaces in the immediate finish, which proceeds with chocolate-toned sweet herb hints in a larger context of sweet-tart, pomegranate-like fruit.
Deep, resonant, quietly complex. Candied orange zest, baker’s chocolate, tamarind, roasted walnut, cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory structure with a roundly tart edge. Satiny, lively mouthfeel. Tamarind and cedar carry into the short finish; walnut lasts in the long.
Deeply sweet/savory yet delicate and vibrant. Grapefruit zest, brown sugar, hazelnut, rhododendron-like flowers, a hint of musk in aroma and cup. Roundly and resonantly brisk in structure; plump and full in mouthfeel. Nut, brown sugar and grapefruit carry into a quiet, balanced finish.
Evaluated as espresso. High-toned, floral-savory. Wisteria, nut-toned chocolate, maraschino cherry, fresh-cut cedar, grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Lush, syrupy body. The sweetly crisp, tart finish is assertive and maintains all of the notes from the cup. In three parts milk, wisteria notes are elevated, supported by nut-toned chocolate suggestions.
Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, richly layered. Jasmine, passionfruit, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood, lemon zest in aroma and small cup. Crisp, very silky mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to citrus notes grounded in rich aromatic wood. In three parts milk, all of the sweet notes bloom further, with spice-toned florals leading the way.
Elegant, sweetly pungent. Lilac, toffee, cedar, black cherry, grapefruit zest in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet acidity; viscous, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish is flavor-saturated in the short, consolidating to notes of cedar and toffee in the long.
Subtly complex, delicately sweet-savory. Honey, baker’s chocolate, black currant, sandalwood, wisteria in aroma and cup. Juicy, buoyant acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The sweetly tart finish is vibrant with notes of chocolate and black currant in the short; suggestions of wisteria resurface in the long.
Price: $68.50/4 ounces
Delicate yet deeply aromatic, gloriously and almost impossibly complex in its fruit and floral expression. Fruit ranges from grapefruit through lychee to passionfruit; flowers suggest lavender, rose, more. There is chocolate and a grapy Cognac reduction, and finally a savory resonance we called sweet mushroom. Juicy, floral-tart acidity; viscous, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is laden with complex floral top-notes in the short, rounding to hints of sweet fruit and deep Cognac-toned chocolate in the long.