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We found 59 reviews of coffees and espressos roasted in greater Chicago, IL. These coffee reviews and espresso reviews are listed in reverse chronological order by review date. Older coffee reviews and espresso reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffees.

Review Date: Jul 2017

Price: $22.00/16 ounces

Delicate, richly sweet. Peach, hazelnut, pink peppercorn, cedar, a hint of thyme in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The richly drying finish leads with notes of peach and pink peppercorn in the short, consolidating to hazelnut in the long, with a continued hint of thyme.

Review Date: Jul 2017

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Richly pungent, sweet-savory. Coconut, violet, baker’s chocolate, musky hops, oak in aroma and cup. Vibrant, sweet acidity; delicate, velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The sweet-toned finish consolidates to floral and chocolate notes enveloped in a savory edge that suggests hops.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: $19.99/12 ounces

Delicate, sweet, subtly structured. The alcohol reads more as brandy or cabernet than rum, but pleasingly so. Also cocoa powder, sweet wood, vanilla, dried strawberry in aroma and cup. Light-footed, sweet-toned acidity; very light but distinctly satiny mouthfeel. Rich, sweet, quietly flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Big, balanced, deeply sweet. Narcissus, caramel, tangerine zest, vanilla, cedar in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; resonant, caramel-toned finish. In three parts milk, fruit tones are magnified, in particular bittersweet tangerine zest, while hints of narcissus persist underneath.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Intricately composed, deeply sweet-savory. Pink grapefruit zest, chocolate fudge, dried papaya, roasted pumpkin, fresh bay leaf in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish leads with rich chocolate fudge notes in the short, followed by roasted pumpkin and bay leaf in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Deeply rich, sweetly spicy. Butterscotch, pipe tobacco, rhododendron, juniper berry, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Lively, juicy acidity; plush, velvety mouthfeel. The engaging finish is laden with notes of sweet pipe tobacco and butterscotch.

Review Date: Oct 2016

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

Quietly rich, harmoniously sweet. Caramel, green grape, rhododendron, baker’s chocolate, walnut in aroma and cup. Crisp, sweet acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The richly drying finish consolidates around chocolate and walnut.

Review Date: Jun 2016

Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, deeply and richly sweet. Blood orange zest, hazelnut butter, narcissus, sandalwood, caramel in aroma and small cup. Crisp, velvety mouthfeel. Sweetly tart in the nut-toned short finish; lightly resonant in the citrusy long. Juicy, balanced in three parts milk; floral notes deepen and nut and caramel notes round to chocolate.

Review Date: Apr 2016

Price: $53.00/8 ounces

Immensely rich, intricately composed. Lavender, chocolate truffle, myrrh, sandalwood, pink grapefruit in aroma and cup. Gentle, buoyant acidity; very smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Lavender and chocolate dominate in a delicate but sustained, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Apr 2016

Price: $24.00/7 ounces

Quietly fruit-toned, spicy. Pineapple, cocoa powder, almond, myrrh in aroma and cup. Juicy, complex acidity; smooth, satiny mouthfeel. The richly sweet, resonant finish consolidates around almond and pineapple.

Review Date: Apr 2016

Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Delicate, sweetly intricate. Toffee, dried fig, hops, rhododendron-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. The sweetly rich finish is saturated with cacao and floral suggestions.

Review Date: Mar 2016

Price: $10.75/12 ounces

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.

Review Date: Sep 2015

Price: $24.00/10 ounces

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.

Review Date: Mar 2015

Price: $46.00/10 ounces

Coffee Review's No. 13 Coffee of 2015

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.

Review Date: Jan 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

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.

Review Date: Jan 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

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.

Review Date: Aug 2014

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

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.

Review Date: Jan 2014

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

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.

Review Date: Aug 2013

Price: $22.00/16 ounces

Crisply sweet, balanced, subtle. Honey, plum, hints of vanilla and roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Soft acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor carries impressively into a long, sweet, rich finish.

Review Date: May 2011

Price: $18.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Although Ken (90) and co-taster Sean Kohmescher (90) produced identical ratings, they read this coffee a bit differently, with Sean emphasizing its brightish citrus and floral tendencies while Ken added dark chocolate and hint of brandy. Sean’s citrus inclined more toward lemon and lime, Ken’s toward a deeper-toned orange. Both read the small cup as medium in weight though slightly lean in mouthfeel, but admired the sample’s performance in two parts milk, finding it smooth, creamy, complex: berry, flowers, lemony cocoa.