Highest Rated Espressos

Log In | Subscribe

We found 34 outstanding espressos with scores of 94 points or higher. These distinctive espressos are among the best in the world. Espresso reviews are listed in reverse chronological order by review date. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee.

Review Date: October 2014

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Evaluated as espresso. Exhilarating and richly complex. Chocolate fudge, deeply sweet fruit (black cherry, pineapple, mango), narcissus-like flowers, vanilla and myrrh in aroma and small-cup. Soft and silky-smooth mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate, pungent florals and intensely rich aromatic wood tones carry into a deeply resonant finish. Flavor maintains balance and intricacy in three parts milk, with rich chocolate and ripe fruit predominating.

Complete Review

Review Date: September 2014

Price: $14.85/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Intense; sweetly and roundly bright. Crisply nut-toned chocolate and very sweet, very zesty, very complex citrus (tangerine, lemon) in aroma and small cup. Relatively light in body but surprisingly syrupy in mouthfeel. The bright, fresh citrus carries into a very rich finish and dominates pleasingly in three parts milk; think lemon tart with a rounding suggestion of chocolate.

Complete Review

Review Date: August 2014

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Klatch Coffee Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Complexly structured: quite sweet with a tart and bitterish balance. Honey, tangerine, dark chocolate, hints of flowers and apricot in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel. The short finish is sweet and gently flavor saturated; the long turns richly drying. Pronounced presence in milk: fat-bodied, chocolaty, with a hint of flowers.

Complete Review

Review Date: June 2014

Price: $12.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Opulent, sweet, carnal. Brown sugar, fresh-cut cedar, rich chocolate, apricot, cinnamon, a hint of narcissus-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers, chocolate and cinnamon in particular saturate a crisp finish. Flavor softens but carries relatively intact into three parts milk.

Complete Review

Review Date: June 2014

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Intense, brightly sweet, deep. Honey, lilac, complex fruit (blood orange, mango, passion fruit), roasted cacao nib in aroma and small cup. Very smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a tartly drying but very sweet finish. Three parts milk rounds the cacao-nib and fruit to a rich, fruit-saturated chocolate.

Complete Review

Review Date: April 2014

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet and versatile, with a wide-ranging complexity. Pineapple-like fruit, dusk-blooming flowers, buttery chocolate, musk in aroma and cup. Lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp and chocolaty in the finish. Turns very sweet in three parts milk: buttery chocolate and pineapple.

Complete Review

Review Date: January 2014

Price: NT $1000/16 ounces

Immense, complex aromatics. Floral notes stretch from lush narcissus to crisp lavender; fruit from orange to sweet papaya. Honey, pungent sandalwood, roasted cacao nib. Richly tart, cleanly wine-like acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Richly dry, deeply flower-saturated finish with a slight savory edge.

Complete Review

Review Date: November 2013

Price: $13.99/16 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2013 - #17

Crisply sweet, deep. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, cherry, anise, night-blooming flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, velvety mouthfeel; flavor simplifies but carries into a balanced finish. Delicately complex and sweet in three parts milk: chocolate, hints of cherry, nut and flowers.

Complete Review

Review Date: June 2013

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Immense, sweet, lushly complex. Rich chocolate, pineapple, banana, cherry jam and floral notes in aroma and small cup. Light but smoothly syrupy mouthfeel; sweet, flavor-saturated finish. Flavor persists comprehensively in three parts milk with particularly pronounced floral tones.

Complete Review

Review Date: May 2013

Price: NT $1300/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, finely structured, quietly distinctive. Dark chocolate and a shifty, anise-toned fruit (orange, blackberry, grape) dominate in aroma and small cup, with backgrounded complications of cedar and butter. Creamy, full yet buoyant mouthfeel. Berry and chocolate in particular persist in a rich, deep finish. Round, quietly balanced in three parts milk.

Complete Review

Review Date: May 2013

Price: NT $1300/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, resonantly complex. Orange, jasmine, dark chocolate, hints of anise and fresh-cut cedar. Velvety, rich mouthfeel; flavor consolidates but persists in a long, gently drying finish. Full, substantial presence in three parts milk; orange, chocolate and jasmine notes in particular persist.

Complete Review

Review Date: April 2013

Price: HK $288/100 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Intricate and lush; tartly sweet. Caramel, hibiscus and rose, candied ginger, honeydew melon in aroma and small cup. Lean though smooth mouthfeel. Floral notes in particular carry into a remarkably long, complex finish. Flavor carries intact into two parts milk, where a hint of grapefruity acidity is juxtaposed with the milky sweetness.

Complete Review

Review Date: April 2013

Price: $24.95/16 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Complex flowers and citrus, high-toned but smooth. Flowers, butter, grapefruity citrus, roasted cocoa nib in aroma and small cup. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; rich, long, chocolate-saturated finish. Superb in two parts milk, sweetly and richly chocolate-toned with a gently tart fruit that resonates with particular distinction in a long finish.

Complete Review

Review Date: February 2013

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Richly tart yet profoundly sweet. Raspberry-toned dark chocolate, orange or tangerine marmalade, crisp cedar, a hint of flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel. Flavor rounds without losing its complexity or sweetly tart authority in two- to four-parts milk.

Complete Review

Review Date: November 2012

Price: NTD $1,000/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, richly complex, distinctive. Vanilla, hazelnut, candied ginger, dark chocolate and ripe, orangy raspberry in aroma and small cup. Full, round mouthfeel; raspberry, ginger and dark chocolate particularly saturate the finish. Preserves richness and complexity two parts milk.

Complete Review

Review Date: October 2012

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, complex, floral-toned. In the small cup gently tart citrus, stone fruit, vanilla-toned chocolate with lush floral top notes. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Flowers, fruit and chocolate all persist in a resonant finish. Two parts milk round the fruit and flowers toward chocolate.

Complete Review

Review Date: June 2012

Price: NT $1600/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, delicate, refreshingly and cleanly fruit-toned. Tart cherry, ripe orange, cedar, baker’s chocolate in aroma and small cup. Light in body but surprisingly silky-syrupy in mouthfeel; deep, flavor-saturated finish. Continued delicate but very complex in two parts milk, with both chocolate and fruit rounding and sweetening.

Complete Review

Review Date: February 2012

Price: $17.75/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, sweetly gentle, suave. Honey, orange, grapefruity citrus, fresh-cut fir in the aroma. Light, silky mouthfeel. Turns chocolaty and more distinctly citrusy in the light-bodied, silky cup. Superb flavor-saturated, sweetly clean finish. In two parts milk the chocolate is nuanced by ripe citrus and a deeper, apricot-toned fruit.

Complete Review

Review Date: February 2012

Price: NT$1400/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Impressive range and complexity. Pungently sweet grapefruit, blackberry, rose-like flowers, fresh-cut fir in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel. Rich, flavor-saturated finish; a hint of astringency in the short smoothes out to cocoaish chocolate in the long. Delicate, berryish fruit and sweet milk chocolate dominate in two parts milk.

Complete Review

Review Date: December 2011

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, sweetly tart, very complex in the small cup: mandarin orange, layered suggestions of milk chocolate, apricot, brandy, fresh-cut fir, anise. Syrupy mouthfeel. The orange note turns ripe and sweet in the finish. Soft, delicate and impressively complex in two parts milk: chocolate-toned orange, apricot, a continued hint of fir.

Complete Review

Page 1 of 212