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: December 2014

Price: $16.75/12 ounces

Sweetly pungent, distinctive. A rich, attractive fresh tobacco note dominates, complicated by prune, orange, dark chocolate, spicy flowers. Brisk, complexly tart acidity; light but lively, almost effervescent mouthfeel. Flavor rounds and consolidates in a rich finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: TWD $600 / 225 grams

Rich, fruit-toned, deep. Dark chocolate, molasses, plum, fresh-cut cedar, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Quiet, resonant acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and plum in particular carry into a long, sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: TWD $400 / 225 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Pungently sweet; balanced. Dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, carnal lily, musk, a hint of vanilla in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; chocolate, flowers and musk carry into a sweet finish. A crisp version of the chocolate dominates in three parts milk, complicated by continuing hints of lily and cedar.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Quietly pungent, sweet. Dark chocolate, molasses, oak, hints of thyme and lily in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate and hints of herb and flowers carry into a simple though rich finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: TWD $500 / 225 grams

Crisp, pungently bittersweet. Roasted cacao nib, night-blooming flowers, molasses, a hint of orangy citrus in aroma and cup. Gentle, drying acidity. Light but smooth mouthfeel. Sweetly rich short finish; drying in the long.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $30.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #24

Extravagant, complex; immense sweetness. Honey, cocoa-butter, sweetly tart fruit (loquat, tangerine, strawberry), violet-like flowers, incense-like pungency (saffron, myrrh, sandalwood). Rich, lyrical acidity; smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on in a long, layered finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $72.45/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Impressive balance and completeness, astounding complexity. Sweet, orchid-like flowers, pineapple, strawberry, sweet, orchid-like flowers, crisp roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Plump, juicy acidity; nectar-like mouthfeel. Flavor generalizes around the fruit and floral notes but rings on in a long, deep finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Crisply sweet, giddily lively. Complex flowers (lilac, lavender, freesia), butter, roasted cacao nib, brown sugar, dry berry in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly bright acidity; silky mouthfeel. Sweet-toned, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $30.95/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Sweetly pungent; dense, layered complexity. Caramel, roasted cacao-nib, blueberry, narcissus, a hint of passion fruit in aroma and cup. Rich, rounded acidity; lightly smooth, silky mouthfeel. Blueberry and cacao nib in particular saturate a gently drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Rich, crisply balanced, deep. Blood orange, fresh-cut oak, narcissus, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Rich, round, low-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The flowers and a particularly chocolaty cacao nib carry persuasively into a crisp finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $47.45/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Delicate, sweetly tart. Pear, dark chocolate, honeysuckle, tangerine, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, richly expressed acidity; full mouthfeel. The fruit and cedar notes carry into a gently flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Deep, sweet, resonant. Violet-like flowers, Brazil nut, plum, manzanita, a hint of dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Plum, flowers and nut all carry into a rich though drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Deep, low-toned, earthy. Fresh-turned earth, cashew, orange zest, prune-like fruit in aroma and cup. Faint floral top note. Muted, backgrounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is rather heavy, but as the cup cools a muted chocolaty sweetness emerges.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $16.00/16 ounces

Delicately and sweetly pungent. Ripe orange, narcissus-like flowers, roasted cacao nib, roasted pecan in aroma and cup. Gentle but vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rather short finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: RMB $60/125 grams

Sweet, plain, refreshing. Honey, or perhaps agave syrup, fresh-cut birch wood, plumeria, a hint of tangerine-like citrus in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned, delicate acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor simplifies in a short finish, though the flower and wood notes persist.

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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

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 15

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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