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: August 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Cafe Grumpy Logo

Softly and distinctively pungent. Roasted cacao nib, butterscotch, narcissus-like flowers, tangerine-like fruit in aroma and cup. Gently vibrant acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lingers in a crisp, sweet finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Complex; floral and chocolaty. The floral notes are particularly intricate, both sweet yet incense-like; the chocolate is sweet with crisp hazelnut-like complication. Round, quiet acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but retains character in a cleanly rich finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Cafe Grumpy Logo

Round, layered, cocoa-toned complexity. Dark chocolate, black cherry, vanilla, floral peach in aroma and cup. Rich, juicy acidity; very smooth, lightly plush mouthfeel. Suave, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $16.99/16 ounces

Deep, boldly pungent. Crisp black currant, lush night-blooming flowers, oak, a buttery hint of dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and black currant in particular carry into a roundly resonant finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: NTD $800/ 8 ounces

Sweetly and richly fermenty: rye whisky, lilac-like flowers, lemon custard, carob and almond suggestions in aroma and cup. Tart, lively acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a clean though richly drying finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Klatch Coffee Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Complexly structured: quite sweet with a tart and bitterish balance. Honey, tangerine, dark chocolate, hints of flowers and apricot in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel. The short finish is sweet and gently flavor saturated; the long turns richly drying. Pronounced presence in milk: fat-bodied, chocolaty, with a hint of flowers.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: TWD $1000/554 grams

Intense, exotic. Complex floral notes (jasmine, lily) lemon zest, roasted cacao nib, spicy aromatic wood in aroma and cup. Rich, brisk acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers and zesty citrus carry into a dry finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Klatch Coffee Logo

An original and striking, though perhaps potentially polarizing coffee. Its juxtaposition of honeyish and cherry-like sweetness with savory notes that suggest dried mushroom and thyme will not please everyone, but will delight many. Even the floral notes combine savory and sweet. Quiet but richly vibrant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The complexity of the flavor consolidates but persists in the finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: TWD $700/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, dry and cocoa-toned. Chocolate, plum, orange in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a drying, roast-toned finish. In three parts milk delicately chocolate with hints of plum and flowers.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $11.25/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, complex, gently roasty. Sweet chocolate, raisin, ripe grapefruit, lightly scorched pine, a hint of lush flowers in aroma and small cup. Plush but drying mouthfeel; sweet though quite drying in the finish. Lightly and delicately chocolaty in three parts milk.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $29.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Richly chocolaty, complex. Dark chocolate, cedar, orange, hints of flowers and leather in aroma and small cup. Full, velvety mouthfeel; chocolate and orange carry into a sweet but quite drying finish. In three parts milk the chocolate triumphs, big and deep, nicely nuanced with hints of cedar and orange.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Deep, round, rich. Cacao nib, lush flowers, fresh-cut cedar, ripe orange, a slight earthy hint in aroma and cup. Softly brisk acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Hints of cacoa nib and orange carry into a rich but drying finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $19.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Complex, unorthodox. Lily-like flowers, tangerine, slightly scorchy cedar, dark chocolate, pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Brisk, bittersweet acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Tangerine and chocolate persist in a round, gently resonant finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: NA

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly crisp; complex. Butter, peach, cedar, lemon zest, a hint of honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Smoothly plush, lively mouthfeel; flavor settles toward chocolate in a balanced finish. Delicate and lively in three parts milk: caramelly chocolate, peach, flowers.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Mystic Monk Coffee Logo

Sweet-toned, gently pungent. Caramel, vanilla, lavender-like flowers, black currant, a hint of ripe grapefruit in aroma and cup. Delicately tart, berry-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Berry and sweet chocolate in the short finish; rather drying in the long.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: NA

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet-toned, rich, complex. Cedar, orangy citrus, caramel, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; flavor consolidates in a sweet-toned finish. The chocolate blooms impressively in three parts milk, nicely supported by cedar and orange notes and a continuing hint of flowers.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $11.99/10 single-serve capsules

Mystic Monk Coffee Logo

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible capsule to produce a 6-ounce serving): Intense but sweet-toned and balanced. Caramel, black currant, cocoaish chocolate, a hint of lavender in aroma and cup. Round, sweet, red-wine-toned acidity; smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around hints of lavender and chocolate in a crisp finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: NA

Evaluated as espresso. Richly assertive in aroma and small cup: dark chocolate, vanilla, apricot, a savory hint of thyme. Full mouthfeel; flavor consolidates in a richly drying finish. Apricot and dry chocolate notes in particular carry into three parts milk.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $29.95/8 ounces

Very sweet throughout; subtle, delicate, lyric. Green grape, flowers (wisteria?), tangerine, roasted cacao nib, raisin in aroma and cup. Crisp, soft, cleanly wine-toned acidity; very light but lively, silky mouthfeel. More sweetness in a floral-and-grape-toned finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $41.50/12 ounces

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Deep, intense but balanced. Peach, sweet chocolate, plum blossom, ripe orange in aroma and cup. Delicate, lyrically lively acidity; silky mouthfeel. Peach and chocolate in particular carry into a resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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