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Intricately layered, deeply and sweetly pungent. Roasted cacao nib, lemon zest, lilac, candied ginger, frankincense in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; full syrupy mouthfeel. The complex finish sustains all of the flavor notes from the cup, sweet flowers in particular.
The Bottom Line: A complex, richly layered, Juicy-sweet Kenya cup.
– Roast Magazine, July/August 2018
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Big Shoulders’s appreciation and tenacious connection to farmers and flavor is an extension of its founder’s background. Tim Coonan’s résumé includes two Michelin-star restaurants, Chez Messonier L’Ermitage and Le St. Didier, but he grew up on a farm in Indiana. Sinnot said, “[Big Shoulders] eschews the hip pretension of many Third Wavers, and simply works to find the best coffees, continually producing bags you brew and wonder at their quality.”
Panama Esmeralda Geisha
Very sweet, exhilaratingly floral, lavishly complex. Lavender honey; floral notes ranging from violet to lily; candied lemon and blood orange; roasted cacao nib; black cherry in aroma and cup. Delicate, gently crisp, very sweet acidity; syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Deep, long, resonantly flavor-saturated finish. Amazing version of the routinely amazing Gesha profile, as seductive as it is original.
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Richly and deeply sweet. Baker’s chocolate, raisin, Brazil nut, magnolia, oak in aroma and cup. Roundly tart acidity; plump, syrupy mouthfeel. Richly drying, quietly nut-toned finish.
Who Should Drink It: Those looking for exceptional value in an accessible, impressively balanced, sweetly nut-toned Colombia.
Costa Rica Lobos 1 Rio Jorca
Complex; floral and chocolaty. The floral notes are particularly intricate, both sweet yet incense-like; the chocolate is sweet with crisp hazelnut-like complication. Round, quiet acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but retains character in a cleanly rich finish. Sophisticated flowers and chocolate, crisp and suave.
Panama Los Lajones Natural
Crisp yet lush. Bakers’ chocolate, orangy citrus, musk, a hint of grappa in aroma and cup. Rich, juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate and orange suggestions in particular carry into a gently drying finish. A classic medium roast develops an engaging and original balance of crisply dry unsweetened chocolate and sweet orange and musky, grappa-like notes.
Kenya AB Chania Estate Washed
Suavely and sweetly tart. Green grape, crisp roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut fir, sweetly spicy flowers in aroma and cup. Brisk, bright acidity; light but satiny mouthfeel. Cacao nib and a hint of flowers carry into a rich though drying finish.
Deeply sweet and pungent. Narcissus-like flowers, tangerine, roasted cacao nib, maple syrup in aroma and cup. Rich, roundly vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around citrus and cacao nib in a quiet, resonant finish.
Pungent, deep, complex. Honey, raspberry, roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut pine in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly balanced acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lasts in a very sweet-toned, slightly drying finish.