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We found 164 coffee reviews that have been published in the past six months. Reviews are listed in reverse chronological order by review date. For reviews older than six months, use the search feature in the upper right of the page or visit the Coffee Review archives to browse hundreds of articles with reviews published since 1997. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee. Click on roaster images to visit roaster websites.


91
Roast: Medium Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Nyamyumba region, Rwanda. Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Sweet-toned, soft, quietly distinctive. Brown sugar, vanilla, jasmine, a hint of blood orange in aroma and cup. Quietly juicy acidity; plush mouthfeel. Vanilla and brown sugar in particular carry into a rich finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:51/70

94
  • ChacolaTAY

    Taichung City, Taiwan
  • Ethiopia Moplaco Yirgacheffe

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: TWD $450/100 grams
Juicy, vivacious, with a bracing bittersweet edge. Almond, violets, kumquat, moist pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Ripe, lively acidity; lightly but smoothly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a very sweet-toned finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:58/80

94
Roast: Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia. Price: $23.00/16 ounces
Crisply exotic. Complex flowers running from honeysuckle to lavender, roasted cacao nib, orange, moist pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Richly tart, floral-toned acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Deep, flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:65/90

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Sidamo growing region, Ethiopia. Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Sweet, complex, rich. Dark chocolate, honey, blueberry, hints of brandy and night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Plush, lively acidity; silky mouthfeel. Chocolate and flowers in particular carry into a resonant finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:60/77

95
  • ChacolaTAY

    Taichung City, Taiwan
  • Kenya Nyeri Tambaya AA

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Nyeri region, central Kenya. Price: TWD $450/100 grams
Deep, sweetly and richly bright. Honeysuckle, mulberry, black sage, a crisp hint of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Brisk, delicately lively acidity; silky/syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a rich, resonant finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:55/72

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Sul de Minas, Brazil. Price: $15.50/12 ounces
Sweetly pungent, gentle, balanced. Caramel, cedar, chocolate, plum, a hint of citrus in aroma and cup. Plushly soft acidity; smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a crisp, sweet-toned finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:60/77

95
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Guji Zone, Oromia Region, Sidama Province, Ethiopia. Price: $17.99/12 ounces
Crisply lush, extravagant. Dark chocolate, jasmine-like flowers, brandy, honey, layered fruit notes: kiwi, mango, banana. Sweetly tart, vivacious acidity; syrupy but lively mouthfeel. Long, resonant, flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:59/77

95
Roast: Medium Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Price: $20.00/150 grams
Intense yet delicate; crisp, graceful. A tightly layered, utterly pleasing fusion of lavender-like flowers, roasted cacao nib and a hint of blood orange carries with clarity and consistency from aroma through finish. Lyrical, animated acidity; light but silky, lively mouthfeel. The finish never seems to stop; the floral-cacao-citrus notes ring on and on.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:52/63

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Price: $15.35/12 ounces
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.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:60/79

94
  • Sightglass Coffee

    San Francisco, California
  • Colombia Finca Monte Verde, Gildardo Gutierrez

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Herrera, Tolima Department, west-central Colombia. Price: $19.50/12 ounces
This deeply nuanced coffee requires patience to fully engage its originality and distinction. Sweet-savory in structure with honey, lilac, roasted cacao nib and ripe peach in aroma and cup. Plump, juicy acidity; an almost honeyish viscosity in the mouthfeel. Lilac, honey and cacao nib in particular carry into a long, flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:58/73

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Huila, Colombia Price: $17.00/12 ounces
Deep, pungent, layered. Dark chocolate, molasses, narcissus-like flowers, peach, honeydew melon in aroma and cup. Round, gently rich acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers and chocolate in particular carry into a long, sweet-toned, flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:58/71

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Huila, Colombia Price: $19.95/10 ounces
Deep, pungent, juicy. Immense, sweet night-blooming flowers, molasses, dark chocolate, guava-like fruit, a hint of thyme. Rich, deeply nuanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on in a resonant finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/70

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Price: $15.75/12 ounces
Roundly and richly tart; lively. Orangy citrus, honeysuckle, honey, vanilla, a spicy hint of sandalwood in aroma and cup. Delicately juicy, bright acidity; very silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a resonant, sweet-toned finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:59/74

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Narino, Colombia Price: $16.38/12 ounces
Big, sweetly pungent. Fudgy chocolate, strawberry, lily-like flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Rich, round, juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a deep, chocolate-toned finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:59/77

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Tolima, Colombia Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Delicate, soft, silky. Honey, night-blooming flowers, cocoa butter, vanilla in aroma and cup. Gentle but lively, floral-toned acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. Vanilla in particular carries into a quietly flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/70

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Huila, Colombia Price: $12.95/12 ounces
Richly pungent, deeply floral. Molasses, vanilla, ripe plum, night-blooming flowers, a hint of savory-sweet spice in aroma and cup. Soft, gently crisp acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Crisply dry in the short finish; a floral sweetness blooms in the long.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:58/69

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Narino, Colombia Price: $12.00/12 ounces
Crisply sweet, complete. Roasted cacao nib, orangy citrus, almond butter, honeysuckle, apricot in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart, juicy acidity; lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Cacao and flowers in particular persist in a sweet finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/68

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Nyamyumba region, Rwanda. Price: $19.00/12 ounces
Crisply sweet, quietly distinctive. Caramel, orange, vanilla, hazelnut in aroma and cup. Gently bright acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a clean, sweet finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:51/72

91
Roast: Medium Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Not Disclosed. Price: $14.25/12 ounces
Delicately and sweetly pungent. Cane sugar, chocolate, flowers, peach, a hint of fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Crisp, quiet acidity; light, very silky mouthfeel. Rather drying in the short finish, though sweetness and flavor carry into the long.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:52/67

91
Roast: Medium Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Rwanda Price: $14.25/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Deep, round, quietly complex. Banana, crisp dark chocolate, blood orange, flowers in aroma and small cup. Lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel; citrus and chocolate carry into a gently rich finish. Flavor notes round but persist with some nuance in three parts milk.
AROMA:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:8
AGTRON:49/57

94
Roast: Medium Review Date: April 2014
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $15.75/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet and versatile, with a wide-ranging complexity. Pineapple-like fruit, dusk-blooming flowers, buttery chocolate, musk in aroma and cup. Lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp and chocolaty in the finish. Turns very sweet in three parts milk: buttery chocolate and pineapple.
AROMA:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:9
AGTRON:50/60

88
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $11.99/10 single-serve capsules
(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible capsule to produce a 6-ounce serving): Crisply sweet, quietly complex. Fresh-cut fir, caramel, orange, golden raisin in aroma and cup. Gently brisk acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Orange and raisin persist in a sweet-toned though mildly drying finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:0/61

90
Roast: Medium Review Date: March 2014
Origin: South-central Kenya. Price: $11.99/10 single-serve capsules
(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible capsule to produce a 6-ounce serving): Sweet, silky, juicy. Caramel, blackberry, night-blooming flowers, a hint of fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Delicately crisp acidity; the mouthfeel is light in weight but syrupy in texture. Flavor consolidates but gently persists in a sweet-toned, balanced finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:0/59

90
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $13.99/12 ounces
Delicately bright and vanilla-toned. Roasted cacao nib, vanilla, lavender, mulberry in aroma and cup. Gently tart, berry-toned acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Cacao nib and mulberry in particular carry into a crisply sweet finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:53/70

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: March 2014
Origin: South-central Kenya. Price: $13.99/12 ounces
Crisply pungent, complex in structure and aromatics. Fine balance of sweet, tartly dry and savory: dark chocolate, brown sugar, black currant, blackberry, a hint of white sage in aroma and cup. Brisk but juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Balanced, gently rich short finish with some chocolate and molasses notes surviving in the long.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:53/65

93
Roast: Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Apaneca-Ilamatepece Mountains, El Salvador. Price: $15.95/12 ounces
Crisp, aromatic, whisky-toned. Raspberry and blueberry, honeysuckle and lavender, rye whisky, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Gentle, rounded acidity; delicately syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lasts in a rich finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/86

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Amaro region, Ethiopia. Price: $13.50/12 ounces
Crisp, sweetly pungent, juicy. Roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle-like flowers, amaretto, cactus fruit, black cherry in aroma and cup. Lively, almost effervescent acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The cacao nib in particular carries into a sweet-toned, flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:60/81

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Sidamo growing region, Ethiopia. Price: $16.75/12 ounces
Deep, shifting complexity in aroma and cup: lavender, musk, bergamot, cinnamon, roasted cacao nib. Buoyant, melodic acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flowers in particular saturate a delicately rich, gently drying finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:60/74

89
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Eastern Java; Indonesia. Price: $16.99/16 ounces
Pungently rich, complex. Dark chocolate, lightly scorched oak, molasses, hints of night-blooming flowers and coriander in aroma and cup. Dry, low-toned acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. Dry and oaky in the short finish but a chocolaty sweetness prevails in the long.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:44/47

94
Roast: Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $13.75/12 ounces
Fruit notes are layered and shifting: tangerine, guava, strawberry, more, complicated by honeyish floral notes and a crisp, nutty roasted cacao nib. Juicy, lively acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flowers in particular saturate a long, resonant finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:63/85

91
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: March 2014
Origin: South America; Central America; Indonesia. Price: $10.99/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Richly pungent, intense. In the small cup dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, raisin, a hint of vanilla-like flowers. Lightly creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a rich though rather drying finish. In three parts milk displays a crisp, balanced chocolate nuanced with vanilla and a raisiny fruit.
 
AROMA:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
WITH MILK:9
AGTRON:40/43

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Mexico; Ethiopia. Price: $9.95/12 ounces
Balanced, suave, lightly pungent. Honeyish chocolate, lily-like flowers, pineapple, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Richly and roundly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp, gently chocolate-toned finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/76

93
  • Chromatic Coffee

    San Jose, California
  • Brazil Leuven Santa Margarida Estate Lot 129

Roast: Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Minas Gerais, Brazil Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Shifting, layered complexity. Roasted hazelnut, roasted cacao nib, vanilla, hints of Scotch whisky (the smoother Highland style), plumeria-like flowers, orangy citrus carry from aroma through finish. Round, soft acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:81/99

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Dom Vicoso, Minas Gerais state, east-central Brazil. 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.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:53/68

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Carmo de Minas growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil Price: $13.50/12 ounces
Resonant, gently pungent. Raisin, peach, honey, sweet chocolate, a hint of fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Quiet, lively acidity; light though plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a round, richly drying finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:51/62

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Pocos de Caldas, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Price: $12.99/16 ounces
Sweet, delicately and crisply complex. Distinct rose-like floral notes, roasted cacao nib, caramel, roasted almond in aroma and cup. Gentle acidity; lightly silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but carries persuasively into a quietly dry finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/69

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Minas Gerais, Brazil Price: $13.88/12 ounces
Resonant and complex from aroma through finish: roasted cacao nib, vanilla, apricot, hazelnut. Crisply bittersweet acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The long, deep, flavor-saturated finish is particularly impressive.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:50/65

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Minas Gerais, Brazil Price: $16.50/12 ounces
Rich, deep, exotically pungent. Spicy, tea-rose-like flowers, roasted cacao nib, vanilla, tamarind, myrrh in aroma and cup. Round, quietly resonant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The cacao-nib in particular carries into a sweet, richly drying finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:59/66

92
Roast: Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Sao Paulo state, south-central Brazil. Price: $12.00/8 ounces
Sweetly and tartly pungent. Crisp roasted cacao nib, hazelnut, apricot, hints of honeysuckle and musk in aroma and cup. Roundly tart acidity; light, satiny mouthfeel. Sweet and chocolate-toned in the short finish; mildly drying in the long.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:63/83

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Minas Gerais, Brazil Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Sweet, rich, slightly fermenty. Blueberry, chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, sweet narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Round, gently rich acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries persuasively into a sweet-toned though slightly dry finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/64

91
Roast: Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Minas Gerais, Brazil Price: $14.25/12 ounces
Delicate, soft, lively. Distinct honeysuckle-like flowers, apple, caramel, walnut, a hint of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Gently crisp acidity; lightly plush mouthfeel. Sweet-toned, quietly flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:62/83

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Karongi District, Rwanda. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Savory-sweet, distinctive, intense. Dark chocolate, black currant, mulberry, floral vanilla, black sage in aroma and cup. Deeply and sweetly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet sage and berry in particular carry into a long, resonant finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:53/71

87
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Guatemala Price: $20.00/24 ounces
Fresh-cut pine, herb and a rounding hint of raisiny dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Muted, herby acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet-toned though simple finish.
AROMA:7
ACIDITY:7
BODY:9
FLAVOR:7
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:38/60

90
  • CofFeeling

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Cocoa Sweet Espresso Blend

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $25.00/16 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Deep, chocolate-toned, with a savory edge. Dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, plum, hints of tarragon and black pepper in aroma and small cup. Plush, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some flavor carries into a crisply dry finish. The chocolate comes forward and sweetens in three parts milk, complicated by continued savory, herby hints.
 
AROMA:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
WITH MILK:8
AGTRON:46/53

90
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Colombia Price: $20.00/24 ounces
Sweetly pungent, deep, big-bodied. Cherry, honey, dark chocolate, cedar in aroma and cup. Quiet, backgrounded acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate note moves forward in a richly drying, sweet-toned finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:9
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/68

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Taiwan Price: NT $1400/8 ounces
Richly and softly pungent. Dark honey, wisteria-like flowers, dark chocolate, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Soft but vibrant acidity; plush, lively mouthfeel. The finish consolidates around a deeply nuanced chocolate sensation.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:50/62

96
Roast: Light Review Date: March 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $19.25/12 ounces
Intense, lush, remarkable. Honey, lilac-like flowers, star fruit, roasted cacao nib, and a deep, grapey, brandy-like note in aroma and cup. Honey and flowers in particular carry into a sweet-toned, resonant finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:63/81

92
Roast: Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia Price: $15.95/12 ounces
Savory sweet, striking, unusual. Ripe tomato, vanilla, sweet flowers, orangy citrus, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly brisk acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet-toned, gently drying finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/85

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: La Perla, Pichincha Province, Ecuador. Price: $23.00/12 ounces
Delicate but exhilarating. Orangy dark chocolate, sweet, wisteria-like flowers, cherry, a deepening hint of pine in aroma and cup. Buoyant, floral-toned acidity; light but distinctly silky mouthfeel. Flowers and chocolate carry into a surprisingly long, deep finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:57/80

91
  • Cafe Virtuoso

    San Diego, California
  • Guatemala Guaya’B Huehuetenango

Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Price: $15.00/12 ounces
Pungent, deep, low-toned. Dark chocolate, grape, fresh-cut oak, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded acidity; full, hefty mouthfeel. Sweet, crisply chocolaty finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:46/58

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Huila, Colombia Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Bright, balanced, quietly complete. Roasted cacao nib, lilac-like flowers, peach, a hint of citrus in aroma and cup. Delicately crisp acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Dry chocolate dominates in a pungently rich finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:55/72

95
Roast: Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $14.99/12 ounces
Balanced in structure but extravagant in flavor and aroma. Complex fruit, crisp roasted cacao nib, agave syrup, bourbon whisky, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; silky mouthfeel. Vibrantly deep, flavor-saturated finish, with cacao-nib, bourbon and agave notes particularly prominent.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:66/88

91
  • Caffe Luxxe

    Santa Monica, California
  • Testa Rossa Classic Espresso Blend

Roast: Dark Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Ethiopia; Brazil; Indonesia. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Rich, chocolaty and hearty. Scorched cedar, deep-toned dark-chocolate, night-blooming flowers, hints of anise and plum in aroma and small cup. Full and buttery, though mildly drying mouthfeel. Bittersweet chocolate and anise carry into a long, dry finish. Flavor rounds and sweetens predictably in three parts milk: buttery chocolate nuanced by continued suggestions of anise, flowers and plum.
AROMA:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
WITH MILK:8
AGTRON:38/43

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $15.99/12 ounces
Distinctive, exotic. Complex fruit-mash sweetness (blueberry, strawberry, kiwi), pungent juniper, roasted cacao nib and jasmine in aroma and cup. Rich, round acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor surges in the short finish, fades, then rings on in the long.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:58/76

90
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Palanda, Loja Province, souther Ecuador. Price: $16.95/12 ounces
Pungent, gently lively. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, flowers, raisin, a hint of fresh-cut pine in aroma and cup. Quiet, backgrounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The cacao nib and caramel round toward a distinct chocolate in a lightly resonant finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/73

91
Roast: Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Tolima, Colombia Price: $13.50/12 ounces
Delicate, lightly rich. Toffee, rose-like flowers, carob, a hint of fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Gently bright acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists impressively in a long, rather deep finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:63/79

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Price: $13.95/12 ounces
Apple cider, roasted pineapple, lush night flowers, a hint of crisp roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Tart but muted acidity; smooth, plush mouthfeel. The pineapple and apple cider notes carry into a very sweet finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/68

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Rubavu-Rutsiro, Rwanda. Price: $18.25/12 ounces
Softly and opulently pungent. Dark chocolate, Concord grape, fresh-cut cedar, hints of vanilla and cinnamon in aroma and cup. Round, rather lush acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a long, resonant finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:51/65

96
Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Nyeri region, central Kenya. Price: $16.95/12 ounces
Immensely rich and complex. Blood orange, black currant, dark chocolate, sandalwood, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Resonantly balanced, floral-toned acidity. Plush, lively mouthfeel. Deeply flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:10
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:54/67

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Honey, blueberry, jasmine and a clean, rye-whisky-like note in aroma and cup. Rich, balanced acidity; syrupy but lively mouthfeel. The floral and whisky notes in particular last in a sweet-toned finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/66

95
Roast: Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Nyeri region, central Kenya. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Sweet, pungent, with a deep, shifting complexity. Agave syrup, roasted cacao nib, lavender-like flowers, lemon drop and more in aroma and very sweet-toned cup. Richly tart, floral-toned acidity; light but buoyantly lively mouthfeel. Long, deep, flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:64/84

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Santa Barbara, Honduras. Price: $18.75/12 ounces
Sweetly tart, complex. Blood orange, sweet chocolate, vanilla-toned flowers, a hint of almond in aroma and cup. Rich, complexly expressed acidity; light but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Orange and flowers carry into a crisp finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/66

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Brazil; Kenya; Tanzania. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Quietly balanced, complex. Butter, roasted cacao nib, flowers, tangerine, a deepening hint of musk. Sweetly crisp acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor, flowers in particular, saturate a delicate but richly dry finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:50/70

93
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: NT $1000/16 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet and balanced. Honey, roasted cacao-nib, blood orange, lavender and plum-blossom in aroma and small cup. Lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Simplifies but maintains sweetness and depth in the finish. Flavors round but retain definition in three parts milk.
 
AROMA:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:8
AGTRON:47/53

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Chalatenango, El Salvador Price: $19.00/12 ounces
Sweetly bright, lyric, exhilarating. Honey, peach, tangerine, night-blooming flowers, a hint of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet, resonantly tart acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The dry chocolate of the cacao nib note moves forward in a flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:55/68

91
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Peru; Ethiopia.Bicerin is a small-batch specialty coffee roaster located in Toronto, Canada with café and espresso bar. Price: CAD $15.00/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Pungently aromatic. Chocolate, oak, banana, grapefruit, a hint of night-blooming flowers in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; bittersweet chocolate and a zesty grapefruit carry into a dry finish. In three parts milk, sweet and lightly flavor-saturated with distinct cocoa character.
 
AROMA:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
WITH MILK:8
AGTRON:41/52

88
Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Tanzania Price: $11.99/10 single-serve capsules
(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible capsule to produce a 6-ounce serving): Briskly rich, balanced. Caramel, walnut, orange, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Quiet, dry acidity; light but smooth, silky mouthfeel. The short finish is rather drying but in the long the walnut and chocolate and a gentle sweetness prevail.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:7
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:0/60

95
Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Nyeri region, central Kenya. Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Intense and unmistakable Kenya character: dry yet sweet synthesis of pungent black currant, blackberry and fresh-cut cedar; backgrounded hints of lush night-blooming flowers, lemon, black sage. Big, sweetly brisk acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The Kenya flavor complex deeply saturates a long, rich finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:51/59

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $17.00/12 ounces
Gently bright, sweetly intense. Honey, grapefruit, lilac, cocoa butter in aroma and cup. Juicy, floral-toned acidity; silky mouthfeel. The grapefruit note and a more explicit chocolate dominate in a cleanly sweet finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:56/71

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala. Price: $18.00
Round, deeply sweet; layered complexity. Brown sugar, roasted nut (macadamia?) fresh-cut cedar, honeysuckle, a savory hint of musk in aroma and cup. Crisp, gentle acidity; very lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is less distinguished by its flavor persistence than by its impressive nutty sweetness and resonant depth.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:61/73

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe and Sidamo (also Sidama) growing regions, southern Ethiopia; Uganda. Price: $17.50/16 ounces
Very complex; big-bodied. Blueberry, ripe lemon, dark chocolate, hints of bourbon whisky and musk in aroma and cup. Round, quietly resonant acidity; syrupy, gently lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lingers in a rich finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:58/68

93
  • Cafe Est

    New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Est Drip Blend

Roast: Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Ethiopia; Costa Rica; Papua New Guinea. Price: NT $800/16 ounces
Very sweet; deeply complex. Cane sugar, blueberry, lily-like flowers, crisp, almondy roasted cacao nib. Round, gently nuanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. The cacao nib rounds to distinct chocolate in a long, flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/91

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $14.99/16 ounces
Deep, complex, big-bodied. Night-blooming flowers, hazelnut, dark chocolate, fresh-cut oak in aroma and cup. Round though rather heavy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate emerges clearly in a deeply sweet, nuanced finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:51/62

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Ethiopia; Kenya. Price: KRW 35,000/500 grams
Floral-toned; delicately and sweetly bright. Honeysuckle-like flowers, candied citrus zest, rounding caramel and carob in aroma and cup. Tartly sweet, lively acidity; full, syrupy though buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a delicately drying finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:61/74

92
  • GreenAlives

    New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Fragrance of Tranquility

Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia; Kenya; Mandheling growing region of Sumatra, Indonesia; other undisclosed origins. Price: NT $400/8 ounces
Softly pungent; delicately complex. Honey, roasted cacao nib, vanilla, cherry- and peach-like fruit in aroma and cup. Smooth, poised acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a round, deep, gently drying finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:50/54

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Kenya; Ethiopia. Price: NT $460/8 ounces
Lyric, delicate, yet deep. Apricot, roasted cacao nib, rich flowers (freesia?), almond butter in aroma and cup. Softly brisk acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rich, resonant finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:55/71

91
  • Chromatic Coffee

    San Jose, California
  • Gamut Espresso (reviewed for drip applications)

Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Brazil; Ethiopia; El Salvador. Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Sweet, round, complexly and delicately chocolaty. Milk chocolate, honey, floral-toned vanilla, almond in aroma and cup. Soft, backgrounded acidity; very lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a long, resonant finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:52/66

91
  • Donkey Cafe

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Gingerbread Man Seasonal Espresso (reviewed for drip applications)

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, Ethiopia; Toraja growing region, Sulawesi, Indonesia; Costa Rica. Price: NT $450/8 ounces
Sweet-toned, rich; delicately complex. Honey, almond, dark chocolate enlivened by floral top notes in aroma and cup. Deep, resonant acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate and flowers sustain nicely in a gently drying finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:60/76

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Ethiopia; Kenya. Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Richly bright and citrusy. Ripe lime and brown-sugar sweetness dominate in aroma and cup, complicated by vanilla-like flowers and a softening suggestion of cocoa butter. Rich, juicy acidity; syrupy but lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a simple though gently citrus finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:60/73

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Sweetly bright, gently complex. Honey, rose-like flowers, zesty orange, hints of moist pipe tobacco and walnut in aroma and cup. Buoyantly and sweetly tart acidity; silky, lively mouthfeel. Delicately dry, favor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:58/83

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: February 2014
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $14.10/12 ounces
Bracing and dry. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, rose-like flowers, orange zest in aroma and cup. Cleanly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around the dry chocolate sensation in a simple but pleasing finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:56/76

90
  • GreenAlives

    New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Espresso Blend Spring 14

Roast: Medium Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia; Kenya; Central America. Price: NT$300/8 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Striking flavors. Oak, banana, lavender, dark chocolate, apricot, lime zest in aroma and small cup. Full in texture though a bit sharp in mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and lavender carry into a richly drying finish. Sweet and flavor-saturated in three parts milk.
 
AROMA:8
BODY:7
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:9
AGTRON:49/58

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Cajamarca growing region, Peru. Price: $12.95/12 ounces
Gentle, quietly complete. Plum, honeysuckle, crisp walnut and roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Soft, delicately juicy acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Gently flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:58/71

90
Roast: Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Central Bali, Indonesia Price: $15.95/12 ounces
Intensely sweet and fruit-toned. Brown sugar, dark chocolate, strawberry, hazelnut, a hint of mint in aroma and cup. Roundly rich acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is impressively sweet and flavor-saturated, though it simplifies and dries out a bit in the long. Two of five cups we sampled were slightly less sweet and more astringent than those upon which this general description was based; owing to this unevenness we deducted two points from the overall rating, dropping it from 92 to 90. Still, an impressively lush, voluptuous coffee.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:73/99

92
Roast: Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Sidamo growing region, Ethiopia. Price: $16.95/12 ounces
Complex and brandy-toned. Minty dark chocolate, papaya-like fruit, hints of musk and sweetly pungent fir in aroma and cup. Brisk but juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Richly sweet though drying in the finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:68/85

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: South-central Kenya. Price: $17.50/12 ounces
Pungent, deep, complex. Honey, raspberry, roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut pine in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly balanced acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lasts in a very sweet-toned, slightly drying finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:60/73

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Nyeri region, central Kenya. Price: $20.45/12 ounces
Sweetly tart, briskly complex. Honey, lilac, vanilla-toned chocolate, ripe strawberry in aroma and cup. Richly tart acidity; very lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The acidy brightness softens in a long, resonant, floral-toned finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:55/75

95
Roast: Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia. Price: KRW 15,000/100 grams
Crisply sweet, exhilaratingly complex. Peach, mint, lily, roasted cacao nib, a hint of rye whisky in aroma and cup. The acidity is breathtakingly sweet and buoyantly light-footed; the mouthfeel full but lively. Flavor consolidates but rings on in a long, gentle finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:66/85

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Big, sweetly pungent, complex. Brown sugar, dark chocolate, walnut, narcissus-like flowers, savory hints of mango and musk in aroma and cup. Rich, resonant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Deeply flavor-saturated finish, drying but long and sweet.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:54/70

91
  • Kakalove Cafe

    Chia-Yi, Taiwan
  • Sumatra Lake Tawar Screen 19 Plus TP

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Aceh Province, northern Sumatra Price: NT $600/16 ounces
Sweet-toned, pungent, heavy. Prominent notes of fresh-cut oak, carob and sweet cherry with subtle malt and vanilla suggestions in aroma, and more pungently, in the cup. Brisk but backgrounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rich but drying finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:45/55

94
  • Kakalove Cafe

    Chia-Yi, Taiwan
  • Ethiopia Washed Sidama Shilcho Coop G1

Roast: Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Sidama growing region, Ethiopia. Price: NT $650/16 ounces
Sweet-toned and buoyant; delicately pungent. Moist pipe tobacco, guava-like fruit, honey, rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Gentle, complexly expressed acidity; silky, very lively mouthfeel. The floral notes in particular carry into a sweet, flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:64/80

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea; Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Price: $16.50/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Pungently bright, lively. Ripe citrus, anise, dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; flavor saturates a crisply dry finish. In three parts milk the chocolate blooms gently with continued hints of citrusy brightness.
 
AROMA:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:9
AGTRON:55/70

91
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Central America; South America. Price: RMB $79/25 grams
Evaluated as espresso. Crisply rich, dense-bodied, slightly smoky. Dark chocolate, cedar, roasted almond, a hint of flowers in aroma and small cup. Very full, dry mouthfeel. Dark chocolate carries into a rich though drying finish. Smoothes out in three parts milk; a sweet chocolate dominates with continued smoky and cedary complications.
 
AROMA:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:7
WITH MILK:8
AGTRON:41/47

89
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Huila, Colombia Price: $10.99/12 ounces
Richly pungent. Dusk-blooming flowers, peach, hazelnut, moist, freshly-cut wood in aroma and cup. Roundly muted acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some flavor persists in a clean finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:60/78

93
  • Blueprint Coffee

    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Aramo Grade 1 Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $20.00/12 ounces
Sweet, richly complex. Honeysuckle, watermelon, strawberry, hints of pungent sandalwood and roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Deep, floral-toned acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flowers and a rather chocolaty cacao nib in particular carry into a resonant finish.
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:9
WITH MILK:8
AGTRON:60/77

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Coban growing region, Guatemala. Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Sweet, gentle, original. Fresh-cut oak, honey, dark chocolate, peach, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Softly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular saturates a deep, rich short finish with some fading in the long.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:55/71

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Brazil; Guatemala; Ethiopia. Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly intense. Carob, prune, brown sugar and moist tobacco leaf delicately expressed in aroma and pungently in the small cup with further complications of lime, cherry and cedar. Lightly smooth, creamy mouthfeel; the tobacco and cedar carry with particular clarity into the finish. Three parts milk rounds the carob and brown sugar to a sweet chocolate nuanced by the fruit and tobacco.
 
AROMA:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:9
AGTRON:56/65

96
Roast: Medium Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: NT $1000/16 ounces
Immense, complex aromatics. Floral notes stretch from lush narcissus to crisp lavender; fruit from orange to sweet papaya. Honey, pungent sandalwood, roasted cacao nib. Richly tart, cleanly wine-like acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Richly dry, deeply flower-saturated finish with a slight savory edge.
 
AROMA:10
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:50/65

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: January 2014
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $16.00/12 ounces
Sweetly pungent, richly floral. Roasted cacao nib, spicy rose, peach and blackberry in aroma and cup. Gently bright, vivacious acidity; very silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a quietly rich though drying finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:62/75

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Aceh Province, northern Sumatra Price: NTD $1,000/16 ounces
Sweetly rich, deep. Dusk-blooming flowers, buttery dark chocolate, fresh pipe tobacco, banana-like fruit in aroma and cup. Roundly tart acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on in a sweetly balanced finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:49/57

90
Roast: Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Central Taiwan. Price: NTD $1800/16 ounces
Sweet and gently spicy. Brown sugar, roasted walnut, tangerine-like fruit, spearmint, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Soft, rounded acidity. Lightly plush mouthfeel. Sweet, clean, simple finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:65/82

93
Roast: Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: CAD $20.00/340 grams
Intensely and complexly floral – lavender, rose, jasmine – with some citrus complication and rounded by a caramelly chocolate. Richly tart acidity; lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Lemon and flowers carry into a deep finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:65/87

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Nyeri region, central Kenya. Price: $18.95/12 ounces
Sweetly pungent, balanced but deep. Dark chocolate, plum-like fruit, hints of lemony citrus and savory baking spice in aroma and cup. Plush, delicately rich acidity; silky, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a roundly resonant finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:50/62

90
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Kona, Hawaii. Price: $45.00/16 ounces
Round, deep, gently roasty, chocolaty. Cedar, dark chocolate, a hint of rich grape-like fruit and fresh pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Rich, backgrounded acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a simple but resonant finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/59

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia 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.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:46/57

96
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $60.00/8 ounces
Immense, intricate. Honey, roasted cacao nib, orchid-like flowers, layers of fruit (banana, mango, mandarin), pungent sandalwood in aroma and cup. Crisply juicy, nuanced acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Fruit, flowers and cacao linger far into a richly drying finish.
AROMA:10
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:57/78

92
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $8.70/12 ounces
Reviewed as espresso. Rich, round, big. Dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, peach-like fruit, orange zest in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a resonant though drying finish. Retains its rather massive mouthfeel and cedary chocolate in three parts milk, though shows best in taller milk.
 
AROMA:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:8
AGTRON:42/47

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Central Kenya. Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Delicately and sweetly pungent. Night-blooming flowers, caramel, raisin, with a cranberry tartness in aroma and cup. Lively, buoyant acidity; very light but silky mouthfeel. Hints of cranberry and caramel carry into a very sweet though drying finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/66

95
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Bungoma region, western Kenya. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Intense, rich, pungent. Blood orange, black currant, fresh-cut fir, plum blossom in aroma and in cup, where a slight savory, truffle-like edge deepens and complicates flavor. Powerful but opulently balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Resonant, gently drying, flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/62

96
Roast: Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Silla Del Pando, Volcan, Panama. Price: $72.45/12 ounces
Intoxicating, juicy, complete. Dark honey; dark rum; dark chocolate; complex, layered fruit, particularly pineapple and melon; narcissus-like flowers. Intense but juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Sweetly rich finish turns slightly drying but still flavor-saturated in the long.
AROMA:10
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:66/88

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $15.75/12 ounces
Explosively bright and juicy. Honey, tangerine, black currant, hints of flowers and spice, mace perhaps, in aroma and cup. Opulently sweet, grandly exhilarating acidity; lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Gently dry, flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:10
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:59/74

95
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Kenya; Sulawesi. Price: $17.00/16 ounces
Deeply but vivaciously expressed complexity. Raspberry-like fruit, roasted cacao nib, honey, narcissus-like flowers, a hint of pungent sandalwood in aroma and cup. Round, juicy acidity; syrupy yet lively mouthfeel. Long, rich, flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:56/78

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Boquete, Panama 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.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:60/75

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Costa Rica; Colombia. Price: $17.25/12 ounces
Rich, fruit and brandy. Cherry, blueberry, milk chocolate, brandy, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Lively, effervescent acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Rich and sweet in the short finish, slightly drying in the long.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:55/75

93
  • Klatch Coffee

    Los Angeles, California
  • Original Christmas, Nicks Holiday Favorite, Organic

Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Sidama and Yirgacheffe regions, Ethiopia. Price: $14.95/12 ounces
Big, sweet and fruity with a savory, spicy edge. Guava- and pineapple-like fruit, brandy, dark chocolate, a hint of flowers and bay leaf or eucalyptus in aroma and cup. Round, vibrant acidity; heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate, brandy and bay leaf in particular carry into a rich though drying finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:47/61

93
Roast: Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Northern Sumatra. Price: $13.00/8 ounces
Crisply and sweetly pungent. Papaya, mango, orange zest, candied walnut, a hint of moist leaf tobacco in aroma and cup. Round, juicy acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a resonant finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:61/84

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Delicately pungent and honey-toned. Roasted cacao nib, honey, sandalwood, a hint of lush, night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Richly bright, bittersweet acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Cacao nib and flowers in particular carry into a resonant, slightly drying finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:59/79

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: KRW 10,000/100 grams
Delicate and brisk. Honey, fresh-cut pine, peach, hints of flowers and oolong tea in aroma and cup. Gently brisk acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. A savory hint in the cup carries into a crisply tart finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/73

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Sumatra, Indonesia Price: E 50.00/250 grams
Richly pungent. Sandalwood, apricot, dark chocolate, plum blossom, musk and chanterelle-like mushroom in aroma and savory-edged cup. Rich and plump though simple acidity; lightly smooth mouthfeel. Finish rounds in crisp sandalwood and chocolate.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:55/70

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Lintong growing region, northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Molasses, fresh-cut fir, papaya, orange and baking spice, particularly thyme, in aroma and sweet-toned, very slightly savory-edged cup. Roundly bright, juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists richly in a clean, deep finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:55/69

89
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $14.99/16 ounces
Deep, sweetly pungent. Dark chocolate, molasses, fresh-cut oak, hints of orange and spearmint in aroma and cup. Round, quiet acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Rich, chocolate-toned finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/58

92
Roast: Light Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Volcan de Santa Ana region, El Salvador. Price: $14.50/12 ounces
Complex, delicately distinctive. Rose-like flowers, sweet carob, malt, orangy citrus in aroma and cup. Rich, rather opulent acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Hints of citrus and malty carob carry into a sweet-toned though drying finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:62/82

93
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 2013
Origin: Chiapas, Mexico Price: $11.95/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Deep, shifting complexity. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, a hint of night-blooming flowers in aroma and small cup. An apricot-like note in the aroma brightens and turns delicately citrusy in the small cup and in a sweetly drying, chocolate-toned finish. Buoyant, creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate dominates in three parts milk, crisply sweet and nut-toned.
AROMA:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:9
AGTRON:47/53

92
Roast: Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Silla Del Pando, Volcan, Panama. Price: $43.45/12 ounces
Delicate but rich; shimmeringly complex. Meyer lemon, jasmine, honey, walnut in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet acidity; silky mouthfeel. Surprisingly deep, flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:61/85

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Konga District, Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: $14.95/12 ounces
Deeply and richly floral-toned, complicated by crisp roasted cacao nib, orangy citrus and hint of gin-like spirits. Rich, deeply expressed acidity; syrupy but lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rich, slightly drying finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/68

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Wahgi Valley, central Papua New Guinea. Price: $12.95/12 ounces
Quietly but deeply layered complexity. Dark chocolate, black currant, fresh-cut cedar, hints of mint and cumin in aroma and cup. Buoyantly floral-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate and cedar carry into a richly round finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:50/68

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Central Kenya Price: $17.00/12 ounces
Richly and deeply floral: lavender, narcissus, honey, with contrasting crisp hints of dry fruit: black currant, juniper berry. Big, buoyant acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a quiet, balanced finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:56/72

93
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $14.25/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Sweet, delicate, balanced. Vanilla, orange, citrus flowers and roasted cacao nib are lightly expressed in aroma and deeply in the small cup. Smoothly silky, lively mouthfeel; crisply resonant finish. Flavor carries well into three parts milk: almondy orange, cacao nib, flowers.
AROMA:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:9
AGTRON:44/51

94
Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: NT $1000/16 ounces
Perfumy, rose-like floral notes, spicy sandalwood, ripe raspberry, moist pipe tobacco in a deep yet buoyant aroma and flavor. Richly crisp, balanced acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a resonant finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:50/62

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Thika Plateau, central Kenya. Price: $29.00/12 ounces
Crisp but juicy. Dark chocolate, raspberry, ripe plum, walnut in aroma and cup. Balanced, rich acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. The finish is bittersweet and slightly drying with walnut and chocolate hints.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:55/66

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Nyeri region, central Kenya. Price: $31.50/12 ounces
Richly pungent, cleanly fruit-toned. Ripe orange, apricot, fresh-cut fir, a hint of almond in aroma and cup. Tartly juicy acidity; impressively full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet but gently drying finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:55/74

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Price: $13.99/12 ounces
Sweetly pungent, deep. Honey, night-blooming flowers, sweet chocolate, almond-like nut in aroma and cup, where a slight savory, peppery edge complicates the sweetness and carries into a drying but flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/69

94
Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $13.99/16 ounces
Crisply sweet, deep. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, cherry, anise, night-blooming flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, velvety mouthfeel; flavor simplifies but carries into a balanced finish. Delicately complex and sweet in three parts milk: chocolate, hints of cherry, nut and flowers.
AROMA:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
WITH MILK:9
AGTRON:49/59

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Sidamo growing region, Ethiopia. Price: $13.99/12 ounces
Suavely bright, fragrant, deep. Flowers, pear- and peach-like fruit, honey, pistachio-like nut in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a resonant finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:59/73

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Ruvuma growing region, southwestern Tanzania. Price: NT $500/16 ounces
Engaging, complex, sweetly tart. Honey, roasted cacao nib, tart kumquat, lavender-like flowers in aroma and cup. Softly rich acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Citrus and cacao in particular carry into a bittersweet, flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/81

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Nyeri region, central Kenya. Price: $17.99
Juicy, sweetly bright. Blood orange, lily-like flowers, dark chocolate, minty black currant in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet, perfectly balanced acidity; silky, lively mouthfeel. Hints of mint, orange and flowers carry into a richly drying finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:56/68

88
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $14.99/16 ounces
Strong in character, roasty, savory-sweet. Dark chocolate, cedar, sweet herb, a hint of tart, cranberry-like fruit in aroma and cup. Backgrounded acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate persists in a sweetly rich though drying finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:39/46

88
  • Caribou Coffee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Daybreak Morning Blend Light Roast

Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $12.99/16 ounces
Soft, nut-toned. Almond, fresh-cut cedar, ripe orange, a hint of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is rather quiet but a hint of cacao-like chocolate persists.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:55/63

89
  • Caribou Coffee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sumatra Samosir Batak Medium Roast

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Northern Sumatra. Price: $14.99/16 ounces
Deep, sweetly pungent, earthy. Gently scorched cedar, roasted cacao nib, hints of freshly fallen moist leaves and a floral-toned vanilla. Brisk, roundly bittersweet acidity; light but quite silky mouthfeel. Suggestions of earth, cacao and vanilla all carry into the resonant finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:37/45

90
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $14.99/16 ounces
Crisp, gently bright, delicately complex. Flowers, roasted cacao nib, cherry-like fruit, hazelnut in aroma and cup. Softly brisk, lively acidity. Quite light though silky mouthfeel. Sweetness and hints of flavor carry nicely into the short finish, fade in the long, then reassert themselves in the very long.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:7
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:46/50

90
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. Price: THB $600/1 kilogram
Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly pungent. Fresh-cut cedar, roasted cacao nib, orange zest, rich prune in aroma and, more pronounced, in the small cup. Crisp but rather heavy mouthfeel; flavor consolidates though persists in the finish. Quietly but resonantly pungent in three parts milk.
 
AROMA:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
WITH MILK:8
AGTRON:40/45

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Central Kenya. Price: $15.95/12 ounces
Rich, complex, gently tart. Red grape, black currant, dark chocolate and a hint of deeply expressed flowers in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a crisp finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:53/67

95
Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Sidamo growing region, Ethiopia. Price: $65.00/12 ounces
Deep, complex, balanced yet extravagant. Ripe plum, honey, crisp roasted cacao nib, orchid-like flowers, a hint of sandalwood in aroma and cup. Delicate, quietly lively acidity; very silky mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a sweet, resonant finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:49/66

94
  • Mr. Espresso

    Oakland, California
  • Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere Aricha

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $12.10/12 ounces
Delicate yet intense; distinctive aromatics. Minty floral notes, sweet chocolate, hints of blueberry and rye whisky in aroma and cup. Gentle but buoyantly vivacious acidity; lively, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a slightly drying, whisky-toned finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:53/79

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia. Price: $16.30/12 ounces
Richly pungent; deep, complex. Strawberry, cedar, night-blooming flowers, dark chocolate, a hint of brandy. Balanced, vibrant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly chocolate, saturates a sweet, very slightly drying, finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:58/75

93
Roast: Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Sidamo growing region, Ethiopia. Price: $28.95/12 ounces
Delicate, complex, lively. Distinct honey and crisply sweet cacao-nib with lavender-like flowers and an herby hint, cilantro perhaps, in aroma and cup. Lively, floral-toned acidity; very light but silky mouthfeel. Lavender in particular carries into a quietly rich finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:67/95

93
Roast: Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $18.00/16 ounces
Crisply sweet, refreshing, gently complex. Ripe tangerine, cherry, honey, fresh-cut cedar, hints of port wine and dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Lightly rich acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but still saturates a gently drying finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:64/89

93
  • Barista HK

    Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, China
  • Ethiopia Kochere Natural

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: HK $200/500 grams
Chocolaty and spicy. Roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut cedar, flowers, a hint of paprika-like spice in aroma and cup. Richly balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate-related notes carry deeply into a sweet, gently drying finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:57/77

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia. Price: $21.50/16 ounces
Rich, sweet, intense. Brandy, mint, cherry, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Round, balanced acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular persists in a sweet-toned finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:53/68

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $16.99/12 ounces
Crisply rich, honey-toned. Honey, roasted cacao nib, wisteria-like flowers, ripe apple, a hint of cumin-like spice in aroma and cup. Roundly tart, juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The apple-like fruit in particular carries into a simple but rich finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:60/79

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia. Price: $15.75/12 ounces
Complex, gently pungent, lively. Floral honey, roasted cacao nib, hints of bourbon whisky and blueberry in aroma and cup. Deep, rounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The cacao nib and a hint of honeyish flowers carry into a quietly resonant finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:56/72

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Sidamo growing region, Ethiopia. Price: $12.00/8 ounces
Lightly tart, juicy, citrusy. Tangerine, green grape, honeysuckle, sweet chocolate in aroma and cup. Richly bright but balanced acidity; light, velvety mouthfeel. Some citrus, flowers and chocolate carry into a balanced finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:59/82

89
  • CafeTaster

    I-Lan City, Taiwan
  • Yemen Haraaz-Red Marqaha Grade A

Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Haraz growing region, north-central Yemen Price: NT $1200/8 ounces
Pungent, spicy. Cinnamon, sweet spice, roasted cacao nib, a rounding hint of butter in aroma and cup. Rich, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some cinnamon and spice notes carry into a drying finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:50/66

93
  • Caffe Luxxe

    Santa Monica, California
  • Guatemala El Tambor

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Palencia, south-central Guatemala. Price: $15.50/12 ounces
Sweetly crisp, cleanly layered complexity. Dark chocolate, peach-like fruit, hazelnut, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Gently lively, flavor-nuanced acidity; silky mouthfeel. Dark chocolate in particular carries into a long, deep finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:58/75

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Price: $15.95/12 ounces
Sweet, silky, subtle. Intriguing halvah-like honey and almond notes in aroma and cup, with delicate floral and apple top notes. Gentle, floral-toned acidity; light but buoyantly lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a richly sweet-toned though mildly drying finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:61/77

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Baringo and Nakura Counties, central Kenya. Price: $18.95/12 ounces
Richly pungent. Black currant, fresh-cut cedar, plum, dark chocolate and a hint of night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Crisp, dry acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Cedar and black currant in particular carry into a sweet though drying finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:48/62

89
Roast: Medium Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Blue Mountains, Jamaica. Price: $32.99/16 K-Cups
(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a "K-Cup" capsule to produce a 6-ounce serving). Crisp, sweet-toned, delicate. Caramel, apricot, sweet chocolate, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Round, gentle acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a rich though slightly drying finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:0/55

89
Roast: Medium Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Blue Mountains, Jamaica. Price: $24.99/10 ounces
Crisply sweet. Apricot- and orange-toned fruit, melon, sweet chocolate, a hint of fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Delicately brisk acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The fruit notes carry into a round, resonant finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:7
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:50/58

89
Roast: Medium Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Big Island of Hawaii. Price: $32.99/16 K-Cups
(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a "K-Cup" capsule to produce a 6-ounce serving). Sweet-toned and balanced. Caramelly dark chocolate, apricot-like fruit, a hint of fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Crisp acidity; very lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate and apricot notes carry into a very sweet though slightly drying finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:7
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:0/51

90
Roast: Medium Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Kona, Hawaii. Price: $24.99/10 ounces
Balanced, quietly rich. Buttery caramel, hints of dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, apricot in aroma and cup. Round but lively acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a sweet-toned, resonant finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:49/60

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala. Price: $25.00/8 ounces
Rich and engaging. Nut-toned chocolate, black cherry, fresh-cut cedar, rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Crisp acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The floral note in particular carries into a quiet, resonantly balanced finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:61/75

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Nyeri region, central Kenya. Price: $17.99/12 ounces
Intense, deep, pungent. Black currant, dark chocolate, almond, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Powerful, luxuriously lyrical acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor simplifies but lingers in a resonantly dry finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/71

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $59.95/8 ounces
High-toned, intense, deliriously complex. Floral notes, roasted cacao nib, almond, strawberry, a pungently sweet hint of sandalwood in aroma and cup. Richly crisp acidity; lively, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but carries deep into a sweet though rather drying finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:58/75

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  • Namusairo Coffee

    Seoul, South Korea
  • Juliette Red Ninety Plus Gesha Estate Panama

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: October 2013
Origin: Silla Del Pando, Volcan, Panama. Price: KRW 35,000/100 grams
Juicy, extravagant, deep. Strawberry, port wine, crisp cedar, flowers, vanilla-toned orange in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart, lively acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a sweet, citrusy finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:53/72