Reviews for January 5th, 2011

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Depth and syrupy opulence in an extravagant aromatic profile: heavy-scented dusk flowers, rich, almost carnal fruit (apricot, plum, cherry), a brightening hint of lemon, crisp cocoa intensifying toward a resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $11.95/12 ounces

Exhilarating fusion of lemon, honey and pungent cocoa with an underlying round, cherryish fruit in aroma and cup. Bright acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, crisply dry but flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $13.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Flowers balanced by crisp cocoa and fresh-cut fir. Brisk acidity. Smooth mouthfeel just a little fatter than silky. Deep, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $14.75/12 ounces

Ripe lemon dominates, with rounding complications of apricot and nut-toned chocolate and a crisp hint of fresh-cut fir. Rich, dry acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel; deeply lemony finish.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $11.99/12 ounces

Crisply dry chocolate, dusk flowers, pungent fresh-cut fir and a hint of lemon in both aroma and cup. Quietly penetrating acidity, silky mouthfeel. The complex, heady aromatics fade somewhat in the finish.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $8.90/12 ounces

Lemon, nut, molasses and sweet flowering grass dominate in a lighter roasted Yirgacheffe. Rich, sweetly tart acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, flower-and-molasses-toned finish.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Light roasting foregrounds the nut and lemon-orange character with a backgrounded spicy rose note. At its most complex in the aroma, where the nut displays a cocoa-like crispness and the rose is particularly deep and spice-toned. Balanced, buoyant acidity, silky mouthfeel. The nut note carries into a rich though rather simple finish.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $8.49/10 ounces

Crisp, bittersweet: lemon, bergamot, dark chocolate, a hint of flowers. Brisk, dry acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavors linger in the long, dry finish.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $12.75/12 ounces

Pungent fresh-cut fir dominates in aroma and cup with complex fruit and floral complication: dark chocolate, plum, a touch of cherryish brandy. Sweetly bright acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor simplifies slightly in an otherwise rich, sweet finish.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $10.95/12 ounces

Floral notes dominate in the aroma, nut in the cup, with orange and dark chocolate complications in both. Balanced, rich acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Long, sweet-toned finish with considerable flavor persistence.

Review Date: Jan 2011

Price: $13.00/16 ounces

Tart bergamot-like citrus and baker’s chocolate dominate, with rounding and deepening hints of sweeter, low-acid fruit. The acidity is tart and penetrating, the mouthfeel silky. Dry chocolate dominates in the finish.