Sweet, rich with hints of lemon and flowers, low-toned but solidly authoritative. The body is exceptional: big, smooth, mouthfilling, with impressions of cream. The rich, lemony character lingers pleasingly in the aftertaste.
By Kenneth Davids
December 1st, 2001
In the nose sweet, round, full, nutty, with hints of something that could be called spice. In the cup pleasantly light-bodied, high-toned, with an elegant balance of acidity and gentle sweetness. Long, bright but smooth finish.
The aroma is high-toned and bright, vivid with leather and lemon notes. The lemon notes turn faintly floral in the cup, which is dominated by a rather sharp acidity, barely buffered by sweetness. The body is full for a medium-roasted coffee; the finish astringent but rich.
The aroma is rich, deeply dimensioned, shot through with bracing grapefruit tones; the body smooth and full. The richly expressed grapefruit tones excite when the cup is hot, but turn a touch bitterish and sharp as it cools, particularly in the finish.
Low-toned, subdued but sweet and rich, with an almost chewy body and a tantalizing suggestion of flowers, lavender perhaps. As the cup cools a slight rubbery note emerges, reflecting either a roasting fault or a storage or processing problem with the green coffee.
Roasty, sweet, and round in the nose. In the cup the roastiness reveals a sharp bitterness, brightened by a hint of floral sweetness that softens toward burned chocolate in the finish. A full body offsets the bitterness.
The aggressive dark roast simplifies this naturally sweet, chocolaty coffee and turns it a bit monolithic. A deep-toned, dry, chocolate-nuanced roastiness dominates, relieved by only a tickle of sweetness. The finish is richly bittersweet, but hints at rubber as the cup cools.
In the nose, brightly sweet grapefruit tones animate a vaguely spicy roastiness. In the cup the aggressive roastiness turns bitter and slightly charred, lifted only by a shadow sweetness and a memory of citrus. Substantial body.