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We found 160 reviews of coffees and espressos roasted in greater Madison, WI. 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: Dec 2017

Price: $18.95/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Intensely rich, deeply sweet, complex. Chocolate fudge, lavender, grapefruit zest, moist perique-style tobacco, coconut-covered date in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory in structure with lively acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-laden finish offers chocolate-toned spicy florals in the short resolving to rich date notes with undertones of perique tobacco in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Crisply sweet, high-toned. Maple syrup, narcissus, ripe orange, hazelnut, a hint of cardamom in aroma and cup. Gently sweet-tart structure; velvety mouthfeel. The short finish leads with attractive bittersweet orange tones; narcissus and cardamom carry the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: $19.25/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Sweetly bright, spicy and savory-edged. Orange zest, black currant, baker’s chocolate, tamarind, floral-toned vanilla, redwood in aroma and cup. Deeply bright and richly savory in structure; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Very deep, very lasting finish, saturated with flavor: chocolate, black currant, vanilla.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $17.90/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Big-bodied, complexly structured: sweet-savory-tart. Notes of dark chocolate, plumeria, peach, cumin, pistachio in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a dry though richly expressed finish. The dark chocolate, pistachio and peach-toned fruit notes carry crisply but seductively into three-parts milk.

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $18.95/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

High-toned, crisply sweet-tart, richly savory. Jasmine, roasted cacao nib, lemon verbena, grapefruit zest, aromatic mushroom in aroma and cup. Balanced sweetly tart structure with a rich umami undercurrent; buoyant, satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish leads with floral notes (jasmine) and closes with crisply sweet citrus (lemon verbena, grapefruit zest).

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $17.90/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Delicate, sweet-toned, herbaceous. Milk chocolate, spearmint, gardenia, sarsparilla, date in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-tart, vibrant structure; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The cocoa- and floral-toned finish, with undertones of sweet herb notes, goes on and on.

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $17.85/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Sweetly tart, richly savory. Red currant, baker’s chocolate, fine musk, redwood, a hint of fresh parsley in aroma and cup. Distinctly sweet-savory structure; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish leads with notes of fine musk and red currant in the short, rounding into richly wood-framed chocolate in the long.

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Complex, richly sweet-savory. Jasmine, pomegranate, nutella, marjoram, frankincense in aroma and cup. Crisply bittersweet structure with high-toned acidity; velvety mouthfeel. A surprising coconut note surfaces in the immediate finish, which proceeds with chocolate-toned sweet herb hints in a larger context of sweet-tart, pomegranate-like fruit.

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $17.90/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Deep, resonant, quietly complex. Candied orange zest, baker’s chocolate, tamarind, roasted walnut, cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory structure with a roundly tart edge. Satiny, lively mouthfeel. Tamarind and cedar carry into the short finish; walnut lasts in the long.

Review Date: Aug 2017

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Deeply sweet/savory yet delicate and vibrant. Grapefruit zest, brown sugar, hazelnut, rhododendron-like flowers, a hint of musk in aroma and cup. Roundly and resonantly brisk in structure; plump and full in mouthfeel. Nut, brown sugar and grapefruit carry into a quiet, balanced finish.

Review Date: Jul 2017

Price: $68.50/4 ounces

Top 30: No. 5 Coffee of 2017

Delicate yet deeply aromatic, gloriously and almost impossibly complex in its fruit and floral expression. Fruit ranges from grapefruit through lychee to passionfruit; flowers suggest lavender, rose, more. There is chocolate and a grapy Cognac reduction, and finally a savory resonance we called sweet mushroom. Juicy, floral-tart acidity; viscous, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is laden with complex floral top-notes in the short, rounding to hints of sweet fruit and deep Cognac-toned chocolate in the long.

Review Date: Jul 2017

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Richly sweet, intricately layered. Lychee, chocolate fudge, bay leaf, pipe tobacco, aromatic orchid, a hint of fresh-turned earth in aroma and cup. Juicy, sweet-tart acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Notes of cocoa and sweet pipe tobacco resonate in the crisp, dry finish.

Review Date: Jun 2017

Price: $20.90/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

An exquisite Kenya: bold, richly sweet-savory, and deeply inviting.

Review Date: Jun 2017

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply and richly sweet-tart. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, black cherry, lavender, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Delicate, silky mouthfeel; sweet, chocolate-toned finish with supporting notes of lavender and sandalwood. In three parts milk, pungent floral tones are elevated and sweet cocoa notes deepen.

Review Date: Mar 2017

Price: $14.85/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Delicate, rich-toned. Lemon verbena, honeysuckle, cocoa powder, cedar, green grape in aroma and cup. Lively, juicy acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The sweet, resonant finish is redolent of citrusy herbs and sweet flowers supported by cocoa tones.

Review Date: Mar 2017

Price: $17.85/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply rich, sweetly savory. Dark chocolate, orange zest, vanilla, tamarind, pungently spicy flowers (lantana?) in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; bold, sweetly tart finish with suggestions of cocoa-toned tamarind and orange zest. Crisply sweet in three parts milk, where notes of dark chocolate are amplified and the tart sweetness of tamarind-like fruit persists.

Review Date: Mar 2017

Price: $14.85/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Deeply and richly sweet. Dark chocolate, ripe pomegranate, orange zest, roasted pistachio, magnolia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Crisp, sweetly tart acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The sweetly savory finish leads with notes of pomegranate and pistachio in the short, rounding to cocoa tones in the resonant long.

Review Date: Jan 2017

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

No. 12 Coffee on the Top 30 Coffees of 2017

Crisply sweet, intricately layered. Grapefruit, cocoa nib, honeysuckle, white sage, a suggestion of wild mushroom in aroma and cup. Juicy, balanced acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The sweet-savory finish is flavor-saturated, leading with fruit and floral tones in the short and culminating in umami-toned intrigue with hints of white sage and wild mushroom.

Review Date: Jan 2017

Price: $18.60/12 ounces

Top 30: No. 3 coffee of 2017

Intensely rich, complex, vast. Plumeria, chocolate fudge, white grapefruit, perique (fermented) pipe tobacco, white truffle in aroma and cup. Juicy, bright acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish is long, balanced, and reiterates all of the tendencies in the cup: sweet (plumeria, chocolate), tart (white grapefruit), savory (pipe tobacco, truffle).

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $3.49/12 ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Bright, crisply sweet acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. Violet, grapefruit zest, lemon verbena, sandalwood, roasted cacao nib in flavor. The deeply sweet finish is animated by cocoa and violet with lemony undertones; with the addition of cold whole milk, those core notes round and blossom without losing their clarity.