Evaluated as espresso. Complex, richly tart, sweetly herbaceous. Watermelon candy, sassafras, star jasmine, dark chocolate, hint of eucalyptus in aroma and small cup. Viscous, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp, sweetly herbal finish. In cappuccino format, balanced, bright, deep, juicy and chocolaty.
By Kim Westerman
June 11th, 2022
Evaluated as espresso. Juicy, richly aromatic, sweetly tart. Dark chocolate, pomegranate, sandalwood, lilac, blood orange zest in aroma and small cup. Syrupy-smooth mouthfeel; long, flavor-saturated finish. High-toned and chocolaty in three parts milk, supported by elegant floral and rich aromatic wood notes.
Evaluated as espresso. Richly chocolaty, sweetly nutty, subtly fruity. Nutella, dried red currant, magnolia, pink grapefruit zest, rosewood in aroma and small cup. Crisp, syrupy mouthfeel; the dessert-like finish centers around notes of Nutella and magnolia. In three parts milk, plush, flavor-saturated and lingering.
Price: NT $800/8 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Decadently floral-toned with fruit underpinnings. Plumeria, black cherry, chocolate fudge, dark caramel, singed cedar in aroma and small cup. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel; crisply chocolaty, distinctly floral finish.
Price: NT $500/100 grams
Evaluated as espresso. Extremely sweet, intentionally fermenty, wine-like aroma. Red wine, salted caramel, gardenia, pomelo, hazelnut brittle in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; crisply nut-toned and caramelly finish. In milk, this coffee is dessert-like in its impossibly deep sweetness.
Price: NT $275/8 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, deep, richly floral- and fruit-toned. Hyacinth, mulberry, cocoa nib, almond butter, lemon-thyme in aroma and small cup. Crisp, syrupy mouthfeel; berry-driven, nutty finish. Harmonious and integrated in cappuccino-scaled milk, with berry and floral notes dancing at the top.
Evaluated as espresso. Brightly fruit-toned, deeply chocolaty, with savory undertones. Rambutan, sandalwood, kumquat, dark chocolate, freesia in aroma and small cup. Crisp, satiny mouthfeel; especially long, flavor-laden finish. In three parts milk, sandalwood notes frame the dark chocolate and tropical fruit throughlines.
Price: $25.00/12 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Winey and musky, richly chocolaty. Dark chocolate, red wine barrel, musk, black sage, toasted walnut in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; winey, chocolaty finish. In cappuccino format, deeply aromatic, perfumed with musk-like florals supported by very rich chocolate notes.
Evaluated as espresso. Aromatically intense, sweet-tart-savory. Concord grape, lychee, dark chocolate, aloewood, oregano in aroma and cup. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel; savory, herbaceous, chocolaty finish. In three parts milk, savory notes usurp sweet, with inviting aloewood and oregano notes supported by dark chocolate and lychee undertones.
Evaluated as espresso. Delicately berry-toned, richly sweet. Blackberry coulis, cocoa nib, agave syrup, fresh-cut cedar, macadamia nut in aroma and small cup. Silky, viscous mouthfeel; the finish leads with notes of agave syrup and macadamia nut. Especially pretty in cappuccino format, where berry and cocoa notes balance rich aromatic cedar.