Reviews for November 4th, 2010

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $27.00/8 oz.

Complex and balanced flavor and aroma: orange-toned citrus, cherry, cedary aromatic wood, a hint of baking spice. The acidity is extraordinary: deep, powerful yet roundly rich and sweet. The mouthfeel is full and syrupy, the finish long and fruit-saturated.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $15.95/12 oz.

Understated floral-toned aroma unfolds dramatically in the cup with a rich cherry- and wine-like fruit and deepened floral notes. The acidity is particularly impressive, alive with wine and citrus hints. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor retains great presence and complexity in the long, resonant finish.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $17.84/16 oz.

Delicate but complexly opulent coffee: distinctly pineapple-like fruit, flowers, aromatic wood, hints of pipe tobacco and dark chocolate in both aroma and cup. Crisp, sweet-toned acidity, lean but silky mouthfeel, long, sweet, subtly flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $34.95/10 oz.

Dry berry or black currant, flowers, hints of lemon and aromatic wood in the aroma. All carry into a luxuriously sweet cup, with the lemon note dominating. Rich, complexly fruit-toned acidity, silky to lightly syrupy mouthfeel, clean, gently lemon-toned finish.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: CAD $17.00/16 oz.

Rich, brandy-like notes dominate in this classic dried-in-the-fruit coffee, complicated and enriched by cherry, orange and floral nuance. The balanced, well-integrated acidity is perhaps more wine-like than brandy-like; the mouthfeel is big and syrupy. The brandy tendency turns slightly astringent in an otherwise fine, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $7.50/8 oz.

The WestBean Coffee Roasters Logo

Bright with bergamot and bittersweet lemon, crisp baker’s chocolate and fresh-cut fir, this dried-in-the-fruit coffee cupped more like a fine Ethiopia washed coffee than a natural, though a rounding hint of cherry-blueberry sweetness complicated the profile and appeared to confirm its processing method. Delicate acidity; light, silky mouthfeel; long, lemon-and-cocoa-saturated finish.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $12.95/12 oz.

Klatch Coffee Logo

Big, syrupy mouthfeel and a long, deeply resonant finish particularly distinguish this coffee, but the rich acidity is impressive too, as are the sweetly pungent aromatics: fir, dark chocolate, cherry, almond.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $14.95/16 oz.

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Pungent, intense aromatics: ripe citrus, dark chocolate, raisin. Softly rounded acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The pungent flavor plumps out in a flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: NT$3,000/16 oz.

Orange, bittersweet lemon, nut, aromatic wood in aroma and cup, with complicating floral top notes. Balanced, crisp acidity; silky mouthfeel. The citrus notes in particular carry into a rich, sweet finish.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $14.95/16 oz.

A ripe orange-toned citrus with a balancing pungent hint of fresh-cut fir runs through the profile from aroma through finish. The acidity is balanced, bright and sweet, the mouthfeel lightly syrupy. Rich and orangy in the finish.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: $11.99/12 oz.

Pungent fresh-cut fir, roasted nut and a raisiny fruit dominate in aroma and flavor, with a surprising, sweet milk chocolate developing late in the mouth and carrying into the finish. Crisp acidity, smoothly delicate mouthfeel.

Review Date: Nov 2010

Price: CAD $15.00/16 oz.

Deep-toned, rich coffee with distinct dark chocolate and raisiny aromatic wood notes in aroma, cup and finish. Roast-muted acidity, fullish mouthfeel, dark-chocolaty finish. The cup simplifies a bit as it cools.