Reviews for July 4th, 2010

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $10.25/16 oz.

Roundly balanced and deep. Flowers, orangy fruit and molasses in the aroma. In the cup soft, integrated acidity, syrupy mouthfeel, with the continuing orange-toned fruit and molasses adding a distinct chocolate complication. The chocolate and molasses carry into a richly sweet finish haunted, as the cup cools, by a faint wisp of flavor-flattening wood.

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $12.95/16 oz.

Sweet-toned aroma and flavor: caramel, dark chocolate, aromatic wood and a hint of fruit. Soft but distinct acidity and a round, silky mouthfeel. A richly sweet short finish gives way to a slightly papery astringency in the long.

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $15.25/16 oz.

Softly roasty aroma with hints of aromatic wood and molasses. Smooth, balanced and chocolaty in the cup with complications of orange and fresh-cut wood. Simplifies in the finish with the wood note lingering.

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $14.95/16 oz.

Sweet, rich, almost fermenty fruit character. In the aroma dark chocolate, molasses, raisin and a hint of fresh-cut fir. In the cup backgrounded acidity, syrupy mouthfeel, continued raisiny chocolate and pungent fir notes. Simplifies as the cup cools.

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $11.95/12 oz.

Klatch Coffee logo

Delicately rich and fruit-toned. In the aroma distinct cocoaish chocolate complicated by fresh-cut fir. In the cup soft, wine-like acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, and continued fruit-inflected chocolate. A very slight sourish note (probably decaffeination-related) turns up as the cup cools, compromising an otherwise long, resonant finish.

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $13.50/12 oz.

Temple Coffee Roasters

Nut and fresh-cut wood dominate the delicate aroma, softened by a hint of chocolate. In cup and finish the cocoaish chocolate becomes richer and more explicit, though a faint woody flatness (probably decaffeination-related) continues to haunt the cup. Attractive, lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $10.99/12 oz.

Robust, earthy blend. Aromatic wood, roasted nut and earth notes in both aroma and cup. The nut note turns a bit rawish in the cup, but everything smoothes and plumps up nicely in a rich finish. Backgrounded acidity, full mouthfeel.

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $11.75/12 oz.

Bright, sweetly tart. Distinct orange-toned nut in the aroma. In the cup, delicate acidity, leanish but smooth mouthfeel, and continued rich orange, cocoa and nut notes carrying into a flavor-saturated finish that turns rather woody and simple as the cup cools.

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $12.45/16 oz.

Soft, delicately muted coffee. Sweet cocoa, bittersweet dark chocolate and nut in the aroma. In the cup backgrounded acidity and flavors of fruit, aromatic wood and continued chocolate. Simple but sweet finish.

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $9.49/10 oz.

Rich aroma, with round notes of bittersweet dark chocolate and nut. In the cup a sweeter, orange-toned chocolate emerges, becoming more pronounced as the cup cools. Softly astringent finish with hints of fruit and a mildly bitterish nut.