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.

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Slingshot Coffee

Ready-to-Drink Coffee Cold Brew

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $6.00/16 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Bright, sweet, refreshing. The acidity is crisply sweet and fruit-toned; the mouthfeel smooth, satiny. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, layered fruit – lemon, grape, peach – and a hint of flowers in the flavor, with the lemon note in particular carrying into a clean, sweet, slightly drying finish. Adding whole milk pleasantly develops the chocolate and rounds the fruit.

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Black Medicine

Iced Coffee

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.50/11 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Balanced, sweetly bright, complex. Juicy, fruit-toned acidity; round, plush mouthfeel. Sweet cocoa, peach, ripe orange, a hint of flowers in flavor and finish. The addition of cold milk rounds flavor notes without dampening them.

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Alchemy

Cold Brew

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $16.99/32 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Pleasingly deep, bittersweet, complex. The acidity is juicy and tart, the mouthfeel full and syrupy. In the flavor dark chocolate, lush flowers, papaya-like fruit. Rich fruit- and chocolate-toned finish. The addition of cold milk intensifies both the intensity of the flavors and the bittersweetness of the structure.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.50/32 fluid ounces

A pure coffee concentrate. Tested over ice in proportions of two parts concentrate to one part water. Sweet, crisp, pungent. Delicately bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. In the flavor caramel, hazelnut, black currant, pear, ripe orange, a hint of flowers. Hazelnut and citrus carry into a pleasing though rather short finish. The addition of cold milk paradoxically seems to intensify both fruit-toned acidity and floral sweetness.

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Secret Squirrel

Cold Brew Coffee

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.79/12 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Bright, dry, nutty. Brisk, nut-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Walnut, roasted cacao nib, lemon, a sweetening hint of honeysuckle in flavor; tartly lemony in the finish. A small volume of cold milk develops sweetness and chocolaty depth.

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Cold Brew Coffee

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.50/10.5 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. A sweetly tart structure dominates quiet, layered flavors: lavender-like flowers, milk chocolate, orangy citrus. Richly tart, drying acidity; round, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates with the addition of cold milk; the orange, lavender and chocolate notes mute but pleasingly survive.

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Groundwork Coffee

Certified Organic Cold Brew Coffee

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.49/12 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Bittersweet, roast-toned. Round but slightly bitterish acidity; full mouthfeel. In the flavor prune, apricot, scorched wood, dark chocolate, with a hint of citrus. In the finish sweetens and softens with a clearer expression of chocolate. The addition of cold milk surprisingly emphasizes the roasty tones and reasserts the bittersweet edge of the chocolate.

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Larry's Beans

Cold Brew Coffee

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.96/12 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Round, gentle, softly crisp. Gentle acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. In the flavor caramel, apple, malty chocolate. Clean, rather dry finish. The addition of a small quantity of cold milk develops the chocolate tendency and sweetens the apple-like note.

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JBC Coffee Roasters

Chaquiro Colombia

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.55/12 ounces

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Soft, sweet, lively. Cane sugar, prairie flowers, honeydew melon in aroma and cup. Round, balanced acidity; plush, gently buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lasts in a sweet-toned, rich finish.

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Elida Estate Panama

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $25.99/12 ounces

Balanced but extravagantly and exotically aromatic. Minty dark chocolate, lush flowers, fresh-cut cedar, rye whisky, complexly layered fruit – strawberry, mango, guava – in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; full, very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around the chocolate tendency in a resonant finish.

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CQ Coffee Roasters

Kenya Baragwi Kagongo Peaberry

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

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Complex, deep, pungent. Black currant and blackberry; opulent flowers; dark chocolate; hints of fresh herb – black sage, cilantro – in aroma and cup. Powerful, richly tart acidity; plush mouthfeel. Sweet, flavor-saturated finish.

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CQ Coffee Roasters

Lift Off Espresso

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $15.00/16 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Richly fruit-toned, roundly bright. Cantaloupe, apricot, buttery dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, a hint of honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; flowers carry into a crisp finish. Rather bright and dry in three parts milk but impressively nuanced: chocolate, apricot, cedar, all lingering in an impressively long, sweet finish.

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CQ Coffee Roasters

Costa Rica Helsar Manuel Macho Arce

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

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Sweet-toned, quietly lyric. Brown sugar, carob, rose-like flowers, almond, hints of tangerine and cumin in aroma and cup. Round, gentle acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Quietly flavor-saturated finish.

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JBC Coffee Roasters

El Guamal Colombia

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.75/12 ounces

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Very sweet, delicately rich. Cane sugar, lilac, hazelnut, fresh-cut oak, a hint of honeydew-melon-like fruit in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Floral and fruit hints in particular carry into a quiet, balanced finish.

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Sumatra Ulos Batak

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $17.99/12 ounces

Extraordinarily intense and complexly aromatic coffee. Pungent fruit (grapefruit, black currant); moist pipe tobacco and sweet, freshly turned clay; molasses and chocolate fudge. Round, quietly vibrant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Richly sweet, powerfully flavor-saturated finish.

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Washed Yirgacheffe

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $18.99/12 ounces

Delicately intense; layered complexity. Candied lemon, peach, kiwi, roasted cacao nib, a hint of spice (cardamom, saffron) in aroma and cup. Soft but crisply lively acidity; very silky mouthfeel. Sweet, deeply flavor-saturated finish.

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Revel Coffee

Espresso Blend

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $12.75/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Well-structured, complete, balanced. Dark chocolate, richly aromatic cedar, apricot, tangerine, a hint of honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Very smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a drying but richly sweet finish. Flavor predictably softens but carries with delicate complexity into three parts milk.

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Revel Coffee

Ethiopia Natural Aricha

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $13.75/12 ounces

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Very sweet, brandy-toned. Black cherry, brandy, rose-like flowers, ripe orangy citrus in aroma and cup. Juicy, vivacious acidity; syrupy but lively mouthfeel. Cherry and floral notes carry into a sweet-toned though rather short, drying finish.

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Lexington Coffee Roasters

Kenya Kikai

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $17.75/12 ounces

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Sweetly and deeply pungent; intense but balanced. Peach, plum, black currant, narcissus-like flowers, fresh-cut elm in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet, nuanced acidity; silky, buoyant mouthfeel. Flowers in particular saturate a rich, resonant finish.

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Lexington Coffee Roasters

Guatemala ASDECAFE

Review Date: July 2014

Price: $13.50/12 ounces

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Quiet but vibrant. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut oak, orangy citrus, musk in aroma and cup. Gentle but crisply lively acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Round, quietly flavor-saturated finish.

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