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: November 2014

Price: $12.75/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, sweetly pungent. Brown sugar, blood orange, apricot, roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut cedar, a hint of narcissus-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Silky mouthfeel. The cacao nib softens to chocolate in a very sweet, smooth finish. Outstanding in three parts milk: a crisp, cedary chocolate dominates, nuanced by the orange and a hint of narcissus.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Crisply sweet, deeply complex. Honey, blood orange, Concord grape, vanilla-toned flowers, walnut in aroma and cup. Big, rich acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Grape and honey carry into a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Intense, dynamic, lush yet crisp. An avalanche of floral notes (rose, lily, gardenia), sandalwood, lemon zest, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor simplifies but saturates a richly dry finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $18.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Dynamic, deeply layered, complex. Pungent suggestions of humus-like, moist fresh-fallen leaves, fragrant pipe tobacco, malted barley layer with fruit (honeydew melon, mango, blood orange) and narcissus-like flowers. Gentle, very sweetly tart acidity; lightish but smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates without losing character in a rich, sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $12.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, rich, fudgy. Dark chocolate, butter, fresh-cut cedar, apricot/plum, lavender in aroma and small cup. Buttery mouthfeel. Chocolate and a hint of lavender in a sweet-toned finish. Handles three parts milk with considerable dry, cocoaish authority and continued hints of lavender and stone fruit.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $14.25/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Crisp, orchardy, fresh. Honey, carob, green grape, walnut, a hint of rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, brisk acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Honey, grape and carob lead into a rich, balanced finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Big, sweet, plumy. Dark chocolate, brandy, ripe strawberry, kumquat, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Lively, flavor-saturated acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Rich finishing, saturated with flowers and a fruit-toned chocolate.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Sweetly pungent, odd but engaging. Molasses, richly tart fruit (mulberry, tamarind), unroasted pine nut and delicate flowers – wisteria, violet – in aroma and cup. Round, sweetly tart acidity, syrupy mouthfeel. Fruit sweetens and rounds in a ringing and harmonious finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Balanced, engaging depth, quiet complexity. Raisiny dark chocolate, ripe tangerine-like citrus, night-blooming flowers, all deepened by a savory hint in the structure. Low-toned but vibrant acidity; smooth, plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a long, gently sweet finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Softly tart, nut-toned. Roasted cacao-nib, hazelnut, tea rose, blood orange in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet, juicy acidity; satiny, lively mouthfeel. Flavor persists, delicately but sweetly, in a clean, satisfying finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: NTD$ 1600 / 16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, deep, complexly expressed. Fresh-cut cedar, blood orange, roasted cocoa nib, lavender, musk in aroma and cup. Plush, silky mouthfeel. Cedar and lavender carry into a sweet, gently drying finish. Flavor carries impressively into three parts milk, with a crisp, lightly stated chocolate dominating and a fine finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: NTD $1000/16 ounces

Crisp, orchardy, intricate. Honey, jasmine, roast cacao nib, apple. Delicate, giddily effervescent acidity; very silky, lively mouthfeel. Sweet, flavor-saturated finish, gently drying in the long.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $450 NTD/100 grams

Delicate but rich, pungent, intense. Black currant, blackberry, fresh-cut cedar, bergamot, tea rose in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Citrus, cedar and tea rose in particular carry into a rich, gently drying finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: NTD $1800/16 ounces

Intense, complex, gently roast-toned. Sweetly dry berry (black currant), raisin, spicy flowers, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Delicate, brisk acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers, chocolate and black currant carry into a rich finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $450 NTD/100 grams

Intensely floral and deeply chocolate-toned. Rose and night-blooming flowers, dark chocolate, passion fruit, musk, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Quietly rich but backgrounded acidity; full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a crisply drying finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Sweet-toned, straightforward, some layered complexity. Raisiny dark chocolate, plum, orange zest, fresh-cut cedar, a hint of lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, rounded acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate and orange in particular carry into a balanced finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $33.95/12 ounces

Opulent, huge, sweet, juicy. Honey, flowers (lavender, lilac), mango, blood orange, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Balanced, juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Rich, long, deeply flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $34.95/8 ounces

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee Logo

Roundly bright, juicy, complex. Orange, mulberry, vanilla, honey, complex night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Giddy, buoyantly sweet acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor extends deep into a long finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Deep, sweetly pungent, intricate. Black currant, jasmine, banana sweetness, minty dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Richly rounded acidity; full, buttery mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly chocolate and black currant, lasts far into the long finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $47.00/8 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Opulently and vibrantly pungent. Deep florals (lilac and passion-flower), fudgy chocolate, complex fruit (loquat, raspberry, jackfruit), musk in aroma and cup. Rich, sweetly tart acidity. Silky mouthfeel. A dry chocolate carries into a long, ringing finish.

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