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: May 2015

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Brisk yet juicy; complex. Honey, hazelnut, roasted cacao nib, peach, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and cup. Crisp, balanced acidity; lightly smooth, satiny mouthfeel. Peach, honey and cacao nib in particular carry into a flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $14.75/12 ounces

BeanFruit Coffee Co

Delicate but deep. Sweet lemon drop, complex flowers (lavender, rose) almond, peach in aroma and cup. Rich, sweetly tart acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. Lemon, peach and almond in particular carry into a richly drying though flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Rich, intricate. Roasted cacao nib, tangelo, black cherry, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Round, deep acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around the tangelo and cherry in a slightly drying though quite resonant finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $20.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Sweet, balanced. Peach, rye whisky, redwood, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Gently crisp acidity; very lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Peach and redwood in particular carry into a sweet though drying finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: NTD $600/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Exhilaratingly bright without sharpness; juicy. Mango, pineapple, roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Lively, effervescent mouthfeel. The pineapple fruit softens and the cacao nib deepens toward chocolate in a long, very sweet finish. In three parts milk the tropical fruit notes turn almost buttery: think ripe papaya.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: NTD $800/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Wide-ranging complexity. Strawberry, cedar, walnut, dark chocolate, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Slight savory suggestion. Big, syrupy mouthfeel; sweet floral notes carry into a sweetly and richly pungent finish. Narcissus, chocolate and cedar all move persuasively into three parts milk.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $17.75/12 ounces

Sweetly and gently floral. Honey, jasmine, lemon drop, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart, quietly lively acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but saturates a very lightly drying, flower-toned finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: NTD $1000/16 ounces

Sweetly and delicately bright. Honey, lilac, lavender, roasted cacao nib, a hint of lemon zest in aroma and cup. Crisp yet juicy, floral-toned acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Honey, flowers and cacao nib linger in a long, gentle finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Monumental yet elegant. Explosive aromatics: Papaya and orange, baker’s chocolate, sweet layered flowers (lilac, honeysuckle), pungent hints of juniper and myrrh carry intact into the cup. Brisk but juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. A dry chocolate hint in particular carries into a deep, long finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Deeply complex, resonant. Lavender-like flowers, perique-like fermented tobacco, white truffle, pink grapefruit, and supporting it all a fudgy chocolate. Richly balanced acidity, lightly syrupy and lively mouthfeel. Chocolate, tobacco and flowers all carry with impressive continuity into a long finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

High-toned, sweet complexity. Vanilla, tangerine jam, honeysuckle, loquat, walnut-butter in aroma and cup. Gently tart acidity, very smooth and plump mouthfeel. Quietly resonant finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Immensely and deeply rich. Red currant, chocolate fudge, narcissus, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Full, vivacious acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a straightforward finish.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: NTD $320/8 ounces

Sweet, cidery, unusual. Apple cider, rose, almond, sweet-orange Turkish delight, a hint of angostura bitters in aroma and cup. Crisply balanced, rounded acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Finish consolidates around a lightly sweet and spice-toned resonance.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: CAD $15.99/16 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, deep. Buttery dark chocolate, lush, lily-like flowers, orange, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Plush though rather light mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate, lily and orange carry into a brisk, mildly drying finish. Crisply sweet and cocoa-toned in three parts milk.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: NT $520/225 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Lush tropical fruit and tart berry dominates with a chocolaty depth that for co-taster Ethan Hill (94) evoked “chocolate-covered raisin and tropical fruit.” Ken (94) for his part cited cleanly sweet alcohol suggestions (“fruity cabernet”), and both remarked on a sweetly tart pineapple top note that carried throughout the profile. For both tasters the mouthfeel was “plush [and] velvety,” the finish a bit drying but still saturated with the fruit and chocolate suggestions. In three parts milk the fruit and chocolate rounded but persisted with satisfying continuity.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Big, complex, tartly pungent. Co-taster Ethan Hill (93) remarked on deeply expressed flowers, a very slightly fermenty berry note, and a musky, slightly savory hint. Both Ethan and Ken (92) found the cup “richly and sweetly tart,” though Ken apparently found the tart character a bit less appealing than did Ethan. Mouthfeel was “plush” (Ethan), the aftertaste deep and tartly complex for both tasters, though again, Ken would probably have appreciated the cup finishing on a slightly rounder note. In three parts milk both found the tart intensity untamed and “bordering on bracing” (Ethan).

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: NT $2000/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Both co-taster Ethan Hill (93) and Ken (92) remarked on the subtle, intricate layering of aroma and flavor, which for Ethan involved “lilac, lavender, blackberry … almond.” Both found mouthfeel relatively light but “satiny” (Ethan), the general structure delicate and balanced, the finish softly resonant and berry-toned. Both Ethan and Ken felt the general poise and quiet intricacy of this coffee carried persuasively into three parts milk.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Evaluated as espresso. Both co-taster Ethan Hill (92) and Ken (92) remarked on distinct chocolate, sweetly tart berry and fresh-cut cedar notes. Ken found lavender as well. “Sweet, chocolate-covered cherry” added Ethan. Rather crisply bright for both tasters, with a smooth (“syrupy,” “plush”) mouthfeel and a fine floral and cocoa finish. Filled out three parts milk with tart berry and a balancing sweet chocolate.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $30.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Very discreetly and mildly roast-toned. Ken (93) found the hint of roast fine, maybe even refreshing given all of the bright, lighter-roasted espressos he tastes, but Ethan (91) was not entirely happy with the roasty suggestions. Chocolaty and floral yes, but he also found the blend “bittersweet,” “dry”, even “gritty,” and “lacking complexity overall.” The term “dry” found its way into Ken’s notes as well, but nevertheless he appreciated the chocolate, the caramel, the raisin, the flowers and for him a pleasant hint of anise. True, Ethan did fall in line with Ken when it came to sampling the blend in three parts milk, where both found the chocolate and caramel notes appealing and the floral notes surprisingly clear and persistent.

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Review Date: May 2015

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Although co-taster Ethan Hill (92) and Ken (92) gave this blend the same rating, Ken was a bit more enthusiastic than Ethan. Both agreed it was a crisply bright, floral-toned espresso (honeysuckle and gardenia for Ethan) with a light, silky mouthfeel. Ethan found a sweet corn undertone in the flavor, Ken a brown sugar note. Both were impressed by the flowers in the “refreshingly resonant” finish (Ethan). In three parts milk Ethan felt the floral brightness clashed a bit with the dairy, though the cup remained “quaintly drinkable”. Ken, on the other hand, felt the milk nicely softened and rounded the brisk, complex flowers.

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