Reviews of The Reformatory Caffeine Lab
Columbian natural Gesha filter started earthy but opened out into tropical fruit, had an interesting back note a sort of astringency Costa Rican honey processed batch was smoothly sweet with something like kiwifruit - great. Been a while since I’ve been here, great to be back
Natural Ethiopian espresso started with a roasty Maillard reaction feel, the promised black tea became clear at the finish. 90+ Panama Gesha yellow natural - initial buttery mouthfeel, passion fruit then other fruits - lovely mixed bowl of fruit without being over the top. Some nice coat-the-mouth acidity on the aftertaste
I was not impressed. The water served with my espresso was delightfully chilled so this was a plus. Otherwise; the espresso lacked grit, earthiness and crema (I personally enjoy a woody, wholesome and strong grind). It was on the watery side and the flavour was far from rounded. It left me wanting to continue bean-hunting to satiate that wild espresso craving we all know too well. The stand up idea is unique and perfect for the solo drinker or city worker in a rush. On the other hand, felt a little cold and in-personal standing in the dark to the back of another customer. The lights were warm which, like the child water, was a nice touch. It seems that various different styles of filtered coffee are available - perhaps this is the star of the show. I will return to try one and give the lab a second chance and hopefully my review will be reformed to a more positive note.