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: April 2015

Price: $4.99/10 capsules

Evaluated as espresso produced as a ristretto 25ml (.85-ounce) shot by a Nespresso capsule espresso brewer with whole milk heated using a conventional steam wand. Gently bright, cleanly crisp. Pear, roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut fir, a hint of wisteria-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Smooth though rather lean mouthfeel. The cacao-nib note in particular lingers in a delicate finish and predictably sweetens and rounds toward chocolate in three parts milk.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.45/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Softly pungent, lushly exhilarating. Narcissus-like flowers, dark chocolate, sweet lime, myrrh in aroma and cup. Quietly though complexly bright acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a sweet finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $30.95/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Juicy, velvety, complete. Crisp roasted cacao nib, ripe citrus and strawberry, honeysuckle, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Gently vibrant, perfectly balanced acidity; plush mouthfeel. Sweet, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Lush, intricate, with a deep, cushiony sweetness. Lavishly complex floral notes – cherry blossom, lavender, saffron, more – complicated by mulberry, tangerine and a crisp roasted cacao nib. Round, floral-toned acidity; plush, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly the floral notes, sustain in a long, balanced, lightly drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $48.50/8 ounces

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Massively complex: original; brisk yet juicy. Lilac, tropical fruit, floral-toned herb, vanilla, frankincense in aroma and cup. Big, richly juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers and fruit leave the herbs and incense behind in a long, shimmering finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Deep, roundly pungent, very sweet. Lilac and narcissus, sandalwood, banana, molasses, minty chocolate in aroma and cup. Rich, roundly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Sandalwood dominates in a resonant, gently bittersweet short finish; floral notes sweeten and carry far into the long.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

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Brisk, intricate. Lavender, sandalwood, kiwi, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Brisk, floral-toned acidity; lightly syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Lavender and cocoa carry into a gently bracing, bittersweet finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Soft, enveloping, resonantly complex. Rose and violet floral notes, apricot, dark chocolate, clove and marjoram in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; satiny, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a brisk short finish; floral and chocolate return sweetly in the long.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Big, pungent, zesty. Pink peppercorn, grapefruit, narcissus, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Lilting, very sweetly and gently bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flowers and citrus in particular saturate a crisply drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Victrola Coffee Roasters Logo

Complex, gently pungent, original. Apple, rose-like flowers, pink peppercorn, grapefruit, buttery cocoa in aroma and cup. Rich, roundly juicy acidity; deeply syrupy mouthfeel. Floral, citrus and apple notes in particular show up in a continued rich, round finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Logo

Slight hints of earth and moist fallen leaves enrich and complicate chocolate, apricot and raisin suggestions; the fusion perhaps suggests the sweet, fruity, barrel-fermented tobacco called perique. Despite its unorthodox aromatics, a finely structured cup: gentle, lightly crisp acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel; with a sound balance of basic tastes and cleanly sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $20.99/12 ounces

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Delicate, soft, yet deeply and originally complex. Cashew, cedar, blackberry, rhododendron-like flowers, a fine hint of moist, fresh-fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Crisp, lightly juicy acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a resonant, sweet-toned, though slightly drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $15.00/10 ounces

Sweetly and distinctively crisp, layered complexity. Caramel, peach, wisteria, cacao nib, a hint of moist, fresh-fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Deep, vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Moist leaves, cacao nib and a hint of flowers together carry into a gentle finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

A big, enveloping aroma introduces crisp, pungent aromatics. Black currant, moist freshly fallen leaves, dark chocolate, blood orange, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Buoyantly juicy acidity; plush mouthfeel. Sweet, quietly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Topeca Coffee Roasters Logo

Sweetly and delicately pungent. Cedar, almond, peach, a sweet, slightly vegetal floral note, petunia perhaps, in aroma and cup. Richly tart acidity; silky mouthfeel. Crisp, lightly resonant finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $12.69/12 ounces

Quiet, vibrant, dry, deep. Butternut squash, dried peach, coconut, orange blossom, hints of earth and fir in aroma and cup. Roundly balanced, deeply expressed acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet though simple finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $15.00/16 ounces

Deep, round, gently bright. Aprium, malt, lily-like flowers, baker’s chocolate, a hint of moist fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned, softly tart acidity; light, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a long, sweet, very slightly drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $12.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Vibrantly rich, sweet, intense. Chocolate fudge, passion-fruit, mango, jasmine, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around cocoa and sandalwood in a resonant, slightly drying finish. Chocolate dominates in three parts milk with continued hints of passion-fruit and mango.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: NTD $800/16 ounces

Reviewed as espresso. Opulent and pungent; complete. Cherry, spicy oak, dark chocolate, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel; richly drying finish. Oak, chocolate and flowers sustain in three parts milk.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: CAD $11.00/16 ounces

Rich, low-toned, gently pungent. Dark chocolate, oak, sage-like herb, spicy, nasturtium-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweetly brisk acidity; light but plush mouthfeel. Sage and a hint of chocolate carry into a crisp finish.

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