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: September 2014

Price: HK $178/200 grams

Distinctly brandy-toned, sweet yet briskly pungent. Cleanly expressed brandy, strawberry-like fruit, dark chocolate, night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Round, gently vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, very buoyant and lively mouthfeel. Rich, deep, profoundly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: KRW 50,000/200 grams

Delicate, crisply and sweetly intricate. Honey, mango-like fruit, elderberry and very complex floral notes, ranging from bitterish lavender through lush honeysuckle. A hint of rye whisky, a sort of essence of rye whisky, supports the fruit and flowers. Tart though very sweet acidity; light but silky mouthfeel. Deep, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/16 ounces

Balanced, sweet-toned, quietly complex. Fresh cane sugar and lush honeysuckle in front, supported by layered hints of orange, vanilla, roasted cacao nib, thyme. Crisp, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Vanilla and orange in particular carry into a continued sweet, gently flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Very sweet, lyric, juicy. Honey, peach, caramel, honeysuckle-like flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Delicately and sweetly bright acidity; very silky, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around peach and caramel in a continuing sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Big, crisply sweet, deep. Brisk walnut, guava and roasted cacao nib in front, softened and supported by backgrounded narcissus-like flowers and aprium-like fruit. Rich, bittersweet-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate suggestions in particular carry into a resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $17.45/12 ounces

Sweet-toned, deep; lovely balance. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, hazelnut, white peach, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Plump, soft acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rich, sweet, cleanly straightforward finish.

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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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