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: April 2015

Price: RMB $350/75 grams

Beautifully structured, seething with intricate aroma and flavor notes. Lavender, jasmine, kiwi, pomegranate, sandalwood, much more in aroma and cup. Sweetly juicy, complexly expressed acidity; syrupy, gently buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a long, arcing finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: RMB $234/125 grams

Gentle and roundly bright, quietly intricate. Honeydew melon, almond, spicy fresh-cut redwood, lush lily in aroma and cup. Suave, lively acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Poised, gently flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

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Deeply resonant, pungent. Black currant, apricot, hints of dark chocolate and wisteria-like flowers in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet acidity; satiny mouthfeel. A slight savory edge deepens and complicates a sweet finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: RMB $88/125 grams

Round, resonant, deep. Dark chocolate, gently scorched cedar, raisin, plum blossom, musk in aroma and cup. Gently brisk acidity; light though syrupy-textured mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and flowers carry into a rich though drying finish with a complicating suggestion of savory.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

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Crisp, cedary, gently brisk. Hazelnut, caramel, lavender-like flowers, kumquat in aroma and cup. Richly dry acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet-toned though mildly drying in the finish with a hint of savory depth.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Round, resonant. Dark chocolate, gently roasty oak, juicy blackberry, a hint of orange in aroma and cup. Crisp, roast-rounded acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Blackberry, chocolate and oak carry into a rich though drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters

Sweet-toned, deep, gentle. Apricot and plum, hazelnut, sweet chocolate, rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and cup. Lightly crisp, lively acidity; silky mouthfeel. Hints of apricot, chocolate and flowers carry into a soft, rich finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: NTD $650/8 ounces

Sweetly and richly fermenty: rye whisky, lilac-like flowers, lemon custard, carob and almond suggestions in aroma and cup. Tart, lively acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a clean though richly drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $4.99/10 capsules

Evaluated as espresso produced as a ristretto 25ml (.85-ounce) shot by a Nespresso capsule espresso brewer with whole milk heated using a conventional steam wand. Gently bright, cleanly crisp. Pear, roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut fir, a hint of wisteria-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Smooth though rather lean mouthfeel. The cacao-nib note in particular lingers in a delicate finish and predictably sweetens and rounds toward chocolate in three parts milk.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.45/12 ounces

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Softly pungent, lushly exhilarating. Narcissus-like flowers, dark chocolate, sweet lime, myrrh in aroma and cup. Quietly though complexly bright acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a sweet finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $30.95/12 ounces

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Juicy, velvety, complete. Crisp roasted cacao nib, ripe citrus and strawberry, honeysuckle, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Gently vibrant, perfectly balanced acidity; plush mouthfeel. Sweet, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

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Lush, intricate, with a deep, cushiony sweetness. Lavishly complex floral notes – cherry blossom, lavender, saffron, more – complicated by mulberry, tangerine and a crisp roasted cacao nib. Round, floral-toned acidity; plush, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly the floral notes, sustain in a long, balanced, lightly drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $48.50/8 ounces

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Massively complex: original; brisk yet juicy. Lilac, tropical fruit, floral-toned herb, vanilla, frankincense in aroma and cup. Big, richly juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers and fruit leave the herbs and incense behind in a long, shimmering finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

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Deep, roundly pungent, very sweet. Lilac and narcissus, sandalwood, banana, molasses, minty chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich, roundly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Sandalwood dominates in a resonant, gently bittersweet short finish; floral notes sweeten and carry far into the long.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

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Brisk, intricate. Lavender, sandalwood, kiwi, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Brisk, floral-toned acidity; lightly syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Lavender and cocoa carry into a gently bracing, bittersweet finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Soft, enveloping, resonantly complex. Rose and violet floral notes, apricot, dark chocolate, clove and marjoram in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; satiny, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a brisk short finish; floral and chocolate return sweetly in the long.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Big, pungent, zesty. Pink peppercorn, grapefruit, narcissus, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Lilting, very sweetly and gently bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flowers and citrus in particular saturate a crisply drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

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Complex, gently pungent, original. Apple, rose-like flowers, pink peppercorn, grapefruit, buttery cocoa in aroma and cup. Rich, roundly juicy acidity; deeply syrupy mouthfeel. Floral, citrus and apple notes in particular show up in a continued rich, round finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

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Slight hints of earth and moist fallen leaves enrich and complicate chocolate, apricot and raisin suggestions; the fusion perhaps suggests the sweet, fruity, barrel-fermented tobacco called perique. Despite its unorthodox aromatics, a finely structured cup: gentle, lightly crisp acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel; with a sound balance of basic tastes and cleanly sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $20.99/12 ounces

Delicate, soft, yet deeply and originally complex. Cashew, cedar, blackberry, rhododendron-like flowers, a fine hint of moist, fresh-fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Crisp, lightly juicy acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a resonant, sweet-toned, though slightly drying finish.

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