Highest Rated Espressos

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We found 88 espressos that earned an outstanding score of 94 points or higher. The espresso reviews below appear in reverse chronological order by review date. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same espresso.

Review Date: Oct 2015

Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Coffee Review's No. 6 coffee of 2015

Evaluated as espresso. Delicately yet vastly intricate; crisp yet lush. Buttery chocolate, deeply sweet, lilac-like flowers, pungent sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Light, silky mouthfeel; flavor consolidates but rings on in a richly drying finish. Complex and complete in three parts milk: buttery, fruit-toned chocolate, a continuing shimmer of flowers.

Review Date: Oct 2015

Price: $15.80/12 ounces

Coffee Review's No. 12 coffee of 2015

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply and roundly bright, balanced, complete. Cedar, blood orange, apricot, baker’s chocolate, a hint of lily in aroma and small cup. Syrupy though buoyantly lively mouthfeel; orangy chocolate and a hint of lily carry into a richly sweet finish. Fills out three parts milk with authority: orange- and cedar-toned chocolate, hints of lily and stone fruit.

Review Date: Sep 2015

Price: NT $1,200/16 ounces

Coffee Review's No. 8 Coffee of 2015

Evaluated as espresso. Distinctive but extraordinarily complete and balanced in structure. Dark chocolate, black cherry, violet, oak in aroma and small cup. Full, nectar-like mouthfeel; sweet, violet-toned finish. Big, rich presence in three parts milk: floral chocolate and a buttery nut note.

Review Date: Sep 2015

Price: NT $2,000/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Profoundly floral-toned, delicately bright. Complex flowers (lilac, lily, honeysuckle), tangerine-like citrus, cedar, nut-toned chocolate in aroma and small cup. Lightish but velvety mouthfeel; chocolate and cedar in particular carry into a clean finish. In three parts milk delicate but authoritative: very sweet citrus, chocolate, flowers.

Review Date: Aug 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Kean Coffee Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply sweet yet richly tart; intricate. Bakers’ chocolate, raspberry, blood orange, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Plump, velvety mouthfeel. Lightly resonant, savory-sweet finish. In three parts milk, buttery cocoa, tart fruit and big floral notes.

Review Date: Jul 2015

Price: $12.95/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, pungent, complex. Dark chocolate, black cherry, musky lily, hints of oak and thyme in aroma and small cup. Plump, satiny mouthfeel. Lily and oak in particular carry into a crisply sweet finish. Maintains pungent authority in three parts milk: fudgy chocolate, cherry, oak.

Review Date: Jun 2015

Price: $16.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Brightly juicy, sweetly floral. Honey, tangerine, red-currant jelly, lilac, backgrounded chocolate fudge in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish, sweet and richly drying, consolidates around citrus and chocolate. Smoothly bright and balanced in three parts milk – delicate chocolate, creamy citrus, a continuing hint of flowers.

Review Date: May 2015

Price: NT $2,000/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet, deep, balanced. Dark chocolate, grapefruit, fresh-cut cedar, crisp flowers – lavender, freesia – in aroma and small cup. Heavy, syrupy, almost chewy mouthfeel; dark chocolate and cedar in a rich though drying finish. Strong presence in three parts milk: dark chocolate, cedar, flowers, anise.

Review Date: May 2015

Price: NTD $600/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Exhilaratingly bright without sharpness; juicy. Mango, pineapple, roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Lively, effervescent mouthfeel. The pineapple fruit softens and the cacao nib deepens toward chocolate in a long, very sweet finish. In three parts milk the tropical fruit notes turn almost buttery: think ripe papaya.

Review Date: May 2015

Price: NT $520/225 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Lush tropical fruit and tart berry dominates with a chocolaty depth that for co-taster Ethan Hill (94) evoked “chocolate-covered raisin and tropical fruit.” Ken (94) for his part cited cleanly sweet alcohol suggestions (“fruity cabernet”), and both remarked on a sweetly tart pineapple top note that carried throughout the profile. For both tasters the mouthfeel was “plush [and] velvety,” the finish a bit drying but still saturated with the fruit and chocolate suggestions. In three parts milk the fruit and chocolate rounded but persisted with satisfying continuity.

Review Date: Apr 2015

Price: $12.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Vibrantly rich, sweet, intense. Chocolate fudge, passion-fruit, mango, jasmine, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around cocoa and sandalwood in a resonant, slightly drying finish. Chocolate dominates in three parts milk with continued hints of passion-fruit and mango.

Review Date: Mar 2015

Price: NTD $500/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, richly sweet. Chocolate fudge, mango, wisteria, vanilla in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is crisply dry; flavor consolidates as a cedar-toned chocolate. Richly chocolaty in three-parts milk with continued hints of fruit and flowers.

Review Date: Jan 2015

Price: NT$290/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, sweetly pungent, quietly complex. Dark chocolate, tangerine, rich-toned cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp finish. Fills out three parts milk nicely, with fat mouthfeel and good persistence of chocolate, cedar and tangerine notes.

Review Date: Nov 2014

Price: NTD$ 1600 / 16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, deep, complexly expressed. Fresh-cut cedar, blood orange, roasted cocoa nib, lavender, musk in aroma and cup. Plush, silky mouthfeel. Cedar and lavender carry into a sweet, gently drying finish. Flavor carries impressively into three parts milk, with a crisp, lightly stated chocolate dominating and a fine finish.

Review Date: Oct 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.

Review Date: Sep 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.

Review Date: Aug 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.

Review Date: Jun 2014

Price: $12.95/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #22

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.

Review Date: Jun 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.

Review Date: Apr 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.

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