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: January 2015

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Crisp, quietly juicy. Orange, roasted cacao nib, caramel, wisteria-like flowers, a brisk hint of peppermint in aroma and cup. Gently bright, fruit-toned acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly an orangy chocolate, saturates a richly drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $20.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly pungent, chocolate- and nut-toned. Chocolate, hazelnut, fresh-cut fir, orange, raisin in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; orange and chocolate in particular carry into a richly drying finish. Excellent in three-parts milk, where the chocolate amplifies and the hazelnut takes on a vanilla-like sweetness.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Crisp yet lush. Bakers’ chocolate, orangy citrus, musk, a hint of grappa in aroma and cup. Rich, juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate and orange suggestions in particular carry into a gently drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $20.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Chocolaty, deep. Dark chocolate, lively fresh-cut cedar, anise, musky flowers in aroma and small cup. Full though drying mouthfeel; crisply chocolate-toned, resonant finish. Chocolate carries nicely into three parts milk, turning nutty and buttery with continued cedar and musk complications.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Suavely and sweetly tart. Green grape, crisp roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut fir, sweetly spicy flowers in aroma and cup. Brisk, bright acidity; light but satiny mouthfeel. Cacao nib and a hint of flowers carry into a rich though drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply and richly sweet, balanced. Dark chocolate, plum, fresh-cut cedar, a hint of lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. A round, resonant short finish turns a bit drying in the long. Chocolate, cedar and a hint of plum carry with crisp authority into three parts milk.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: NT$500/8 ounces

Big, brightly sweet, intense. Complex fruit – red currant, peach, orange – honeysuckle, musk, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Richly tart acidity; full, plush mouthfeel. Long, sweet-toned, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Intricate, exhilarating; crisp yet juicy. Honey, roasted cacao nib, tangerine, sandalwood and very complex flowers, particularly rose and jasmine, in aroma and cup. Juicy, gently tart acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a long, sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: January 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.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Sweet, pungent but balanced. Buttery dark chocolate, candied blood orange, apricot, deep-toned narcissus-like flowers. Full, fudgy mouthfeel; chocolate and a hint of flowers carry into a richly drying finish. Blooms nicely in three parts milk, which sweetens and softens the chocolate without dampening the fine fruit and floral complication.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: NT$350/8 ounces

Round, layered, deeply pungent. Fudgy chocolate, moist tobacco, vanilla, cedar in aroma and cup. Backgrounded, roast-rounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Resonant, richly drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $45.00/8 ounces

Profoundly intricate yet balanced, complete. Roasted cacao nib, saffron, jasmine, candied mango, blood orange in aroma and cup. Delicately rich, balanced acidity; silky mouthfeel. Jasmine and saffron in particular carry into a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Smooth, balanced. Caramel, roasted cacao-nib, honeysuckle-like flowers, apricot, star anise in aroma and small cup. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; quiet, very sweet finish. In three parts milk a gently caramelly chocolate dominates, with hints of star anise and apricot.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, round, balanced; quietly chocolate- and fruit-toned. Cherry, blood orange, dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Silky, lively mouthfeel; distinct chocolate carries into a rich though drying finish. A crisply dry, minty chocolate dominates in three parts milk.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Sweet, rich, slightly earthy. Brown sugar, orangy citrus, fresh-cut cedar, bakers’ chocolate, a hint of fresh, humus-like earth in aroma and cup. Round, gently lively acidity; very lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rather short finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Juicy but brisk, intricate. Honey, orange, mango, lilac-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; smoothly satiny, lively mouthfeel. Flowers and cacao nib in particular saturate a deep, crisply bittersweet finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Sweetly pungent, delicately complex. Honey, tangerine, apricot, lilac in aroma and cup. Gently tart, almost effervescent acidity; very light but silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweetly resonant, richly drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Victrola Coffee Roasters Logo

Deep, sweet, pungent. Dark chocolate, lily-like flowers, pecan, a hint of ripe orange in aroma and cup. Crisp, gently brisk acidity; soft, plush mouthfeel. Chocolate, orangy citrus, a suggestion of lily carry into a mildly drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $20.00/6 ounces

Richly sweet with an intricate, layered complexity. Honeycomb, wisteria-like flowers, peach, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Gently tart, juicy acidity; syrupy, buoyantly lively mouthfeel. The peach note in particular carries into a rich, sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Deep, rich, sweet. Roasted cacao nib, pear cider, lily-like flowers, honeydew melon in aroma and cup. Brisk though sweetly floral-toned acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Pear and melon in particular carry into a lush, flavor-saturated short finish that turns very mildly drying in the long.

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