Full, deep, syrupy. Aromatic wood, dark chocolate, almond, orange in aroma and cup. Rich, roundly expressed acidity, big body. Long, sweet, slightly drying finish saturated with dark chocolate and orange.
By Kenneth Davids
August 2nd, 2011
Price: $10.99/12 ounces
Fine structure and balance throughout. The quietly complex aromatics – orange, nut, fresh-cut fir, lavender-like flowers, caramel – are pleasing and persistent, but the excellence of this coffee resides above all in its fine structure – sweet-toned acidity, silky mouthfeel, long, perfectly clean, flavor-saturated finish.
Price: $17.25/16 ounces
Big, intense dried-in-the-fruit profile. Berries, brandy, port wine, dark chocolate, cedar, cocoaish chocolate. Gently bright acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The aromatics simplify and the mouthfeel tightens very slightly in the finish, but overall an exciting, flamboyant coffee with very little downside to the sweet, fruit-enhancing ferment.
Deep-toned, rose-like floral notes dominate aroma, cup and finish, with fresh-cut fir, nectarine-like fruit and ripe lemon complications. Intense, sweetly tart acidity; silky mouthfeel; long, rich finish.