Evaluated as espresso. Lush, complex, richly sweet-savory. Peach, fine musk, cocoa powder, freesia-like flowers, pungent frankincense in aroma and small cup. Plump, syrupy mouthfeel; clean, crisp, cocoa-toned finish. The cocoa notes from the small cup bloom into dark chocolate in cappuccino-scaled milk, nicely complicated by flowers and frankincense.
By Kenneth Davids
August 14th, 2018
Evaluated as espresso. Rose-like flowers, chocolate fudge, cannabis flower, black cherry, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Syrupy, vibrant mouthfeel; richly drying, sweet-savory finish. This coffee levitates in three parts milk, with rich notes of rose-like flowers ensconced in deep chocolate and a cannabis-like muskiness.
Evaluated as espresso. Deeply rich, crisply sweet, fruit- and chocolate-toned. Dried mango, chocolate fudge, narcissus-like flowers, roasted almond, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Lively, silky smooth mouthfeel; resonant, flavor-saturated finish. The chocolate-forward presentation in three parts milk is nuanced by notes of mango and fresh-cut cedar.
Evaluated as espresso. Bright, floral, spice-toned. Spearmint, black cherry, cedar, tangerine zest, plumeria-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Plush and buttery in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates to cocoa-toned citrus in a resonant finish. In three parts milk, an elegant cocoa surfaces, with supporting notes of sweet flowers and a hint of pungent cedar.
Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Bright, richly sweet, fruit- and cocoa-toned. Pomegranate, dark chocolate, narcissus, hazelnut, vanilla in aroma and small cup. Plush, creamy mouthfeel; sweetly tart finish with notes of pomegranate and hazelnut. Resonant and flavor-saturated in three parts milk; chocolate and tart fruit lead, with narcissus-like flowers ringing into the long finish.
Evaluated as espresso. Richly floral, spice-toned. Lavender, baker’s chocolate, dried strawberry, sandalwood, lemon zest in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; dry, fruit-toned finish with hints of sandalwood. In three parts milk, chocolate notes turn toward sweet caramel and the spicy floral and dried berry notes amplify.
Evaluated as espresso. Apricot, lychee, sandalwood, cashew butter, honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel; rich finish that surfaces herb notes suggesting marjoram, along with lychee and apricot. In three parts milk, this coffee is fruit-driven, its tartness tempered by honeysuckle and sandalwood notes.
Price: $23.50/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Fruit-toned, chocolaty. Black cherry, brandy, dark chocolate, sandalwood, lavender in aroma and small cup. Crisp, silky mouthfeel; spice-toned finish, redolent of sandalwood. A hint of sweet, brandy-like ferment lingers in three parts milk, supported by deep chocolate notes and spicy aromatic wood.
Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, lively, chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, macadamia nut, date, cedar, honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Crisp, velvety mouthfeel; clean, richly drying finish with notes of date and cedar. Balanced in three parts milk, with notes of dark chocolate supported by rich aromatic wood.
Price: $20.00/250 grams
Evaluated as espresso. Bright, lively, sweet-toned. Bergamot, cherry, magnolia, roasted cacao nib, almond in aroma and small cup. Velvety mouthfeel; sweetly tart, richly drying finish. Cherry tones come forward in three parts milk, supported by deep chocolate.
Evaluated as espresso. Fruit-toned, crisply sweet-tart. Ripe strawberry, dark chocolate, pink grapefruit zest, salted caramel, a hint of grapey spirits (think grappa barrel) in aroma and small cup. Velvety-smooth mouthfeel; resonant, long, fruit-toned finish with a continued suggestion of grappa barrel. In three parts milk, richly sweet with notes of salted caramel and dark chocolate and a hint of berryish fruit.
Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet, spice-toned. Roasted cashew, gardenia, apricot, cardamom, baker’s chocolate in aroma and small cup. Satiny mouthfeel; richly layered finish with notes of chocolate and faintly smoky aromatic wood. Crisply and persuasively chocolaty in three parts milk.