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: July 2014

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Delicate but rich; fine, layered complexity. Lilac, honey, apricot, raspberry, sandalwood, much more in aroma and cup. Gently bright, lively, almost effervescent acidity; lightly syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates, though the floral note in particular persists in a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: KRW 95,000/100 grams

Grandly fruit-toned, extravagant. Complex, layered fruit (guava, grapefruit, berry), sweet cocoa, brandy, lush, rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, tart, juicy acidity; big, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, deeply flavor-saturated short finish; very slightly fading and alcohol-edged in the long.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $18.50/12 ounces

Wild Goose Coffee Roasters Logo

Pungently sweet, juicy. Lavender-like flowers, black currant, guava, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart, floral-toned acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flowers, fruit and chocolate all carry into a rich, crisp finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Klatch Coffee Logo

Sweet, rich, citrusy. Molasses, complex citrus notes (blood orange, grapefruit, more), roasted cacao nib, cantaloupe, rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, resonant acidity; full, cushiony mouthfeel. Flavor-saturated, gently drying finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $19.00/16 ounces

The WestBean Coffee Roasters Logo

Soft, subtle, distinctive. Dark chocolate, apricot, tangerine, honeysuckle, a savory hint of mace in aroma and cup. Softly resonant acidity; plush, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a richly sweet short finish that turns mildly drying in the long.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Complex; sweetly and intensely tart. Fresh-cut cedar, peach, vanilla, rich lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Deep, bracing, bittersweet acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries into a complex though rather drying finish.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.55/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

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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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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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

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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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $15.00/16 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

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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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

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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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.75/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

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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