Recent Coffee Reviews

We have published thousands of coffee reviews and espresso reviews since 1997. The reviews below appear in reverse chronological order by review date. You may refine your search by key word or category using links to the right. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee.

Review Date: December 2014

Price: $20.00/16 ounces

Perfectly structured; pungent, juicy, deeply complex. Honey, lemon, blackberry, black cherry, intense narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, balanced acidity; plush, lively mouthfeel. Honey, lemon, berry, a hint of nut-toned cacao nib carry into a long, thoroughly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: TWD $500/8 ounces

Delicately complex, sweet-toned, balanced. Almond, roasted cacao-nib, sweet lime, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and cup. Gently crisp, nuanced acidity; buoyant, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Most flavor notes carry into a long, sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $40.00/8 ounces

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Logo

Intense, juicy, massively complex. Honey, mango, grapefruit, bakers’ chocolate, tea rose, much more in aroma and cup. Big, sweetly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. In the finish flavor consolidates but rings on, gentle, layered, resonant.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 7

Big, round, ringingly sweet, vivacious. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, rose-like flowers, tangelo, saucy cranberry, pear in aroma and cup. Deep, nuanced, lively acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Cacao nib, rose and pear in particular saturate a long, sweet-toned, resonant finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2104 - No. 12

Amazingly sweet, lushly fruit-toned. Orangy citrus, blueberry, dark chocolate, apple cider, cherry blossom in aroma and cup. Vibrant, rich acidity; syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Deeply flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $24.00/150 grams

Intense but balanced; expansively complex. Honeysuckle, very ripe, perhaps candied tangerine, papaya, crisply nut-toned cacao nib in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly brisk acidity; light, very silky and buoyant mouthfeel. The ripe citrus and sweet papaya in particular carry into a rich finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $62.00/8 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Intricately rich, delicately bittersweet. Honey, peach, kumquat, orange blossom, hazelnut, a suggestion of angostura bitters in aroma and cup. Delicately brisk, spice-toned acidity; lightly satiny mouthfeel. Resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.50/12 ounces

Pungent, deep, spicy. Milk chocolate, Concord grape, passion flower, aromatic sandalwood, a hint of savory black truffle in aroma and cup. Tart, juicy acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Rich, spice-toned, slightly savory finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #29

Exotically pungent, deep, intricate. Strawberry, mint, dark chocolate, banana, musky flowers, a faint hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Deep, backgrounded but vibrant acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular carries into a sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $16.00/150 grams

Intense; spicy and floral; richly dry. Black currant, lavender, mulling spices, anise, a hint of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Bright acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The lavender, black currant and anise suggestions all deeply saturate a roundly drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Pungent, deep, original; savory-sweet. Zesty tangerine, peach, fresh-cut cedar, pink peppercorn, spicy tea rose in aroma and cup. Juicy, balanced acidity; syrupy though very lively, buoyant mouthfeel. The spicy, peppery tendency dominates in a rather drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $14.45/12 ounces

Lavishly and sweetly bright. Honey, jasmine, raspberry, almond in aroma and cup. Richly tart acidity; lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a continued sweetly tart finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.50/16 ounces

Crisply dry but quite sweet; intricate. Black currant, lavender, kumquat, fresh-cut fir, a hint of flavor-rounding chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich, quietly vibrant acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. Exceptionally deep, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $27.00/5 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #27

Pungent, deep, sweetly nut-toned. Brown sugar, cashew, orange, cherry, a hint of lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Quiet, rich acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around the cherry-like fruit note in a sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $16.75/12 ounces

Sweetly pungent, distinctive. A rich, attractive fresh tobacco note dominates, complicated by prune, orange, dark chocolate, spicy flowers. Brisk, complexly tart acidity; light but lively, almost effervescent mouthfeel. Flavor rounds and consolidates in a rich finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: TWD $600 / 225 grams

Rich, fruit-toned, deep. Dark chocolate, molasses, plum, fresh-cut cedar, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Quiet, resonant acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and plum in particular carry into a long, sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: TWD $400 / 225 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Pungently sweet; balanced. Dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, carnal lily, musk, a hint of vanilla in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; chocolate, flowers and musk carry into a sweet finish. A crisp version of the chocolate dominates in three parts milk, complicated by continuing hints of lily and cedar.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Quietly pungent, sweet. Dark chocolate, molasses, oak, hints of thyme and lily in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate and hints of herb and flowers carry into a simple though rich finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: TWD $500 / 225 grams

Crisp, pungently bittersweet. Roasted cacao nib, night-blooming flowers, molasses, a hint of orangy citrus in aroma and cup. Gentle, drying acidity. Light but smooth mouthfeel. Sweetly rich short finish; drying in the long.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $30.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #24

Extravagant, complex; immense sweetness. Honey, cocoa-butter, sweetly tart fruit (loquat, tangerine, strawberry), violet-like flowers, incense-like pungency (saffron, myrrh, sandalwood). Rich, lyrical acidity; smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on in a long, layered finish.

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