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: 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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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $19.00/8 ounces

Sweetly and intensely pungent. Honey, black currant, sweet plum, dark chocolate, night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Deeply nuanced, balanced acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor and sweetness overwhelm a slight drying sensation in the finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $32.95/8 ounces

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee Logo

Sweetly pungent, quietly complex. Honey, tangerine, dark chocolate, hints of clove and lilac in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded but vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, resonant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around lingering hints of tangerine and clove in a sweet-toned, balanced finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $18.00/8 ounces

Big Island Coffee Roasters Logo

Crisp, delicate, complex. Deep, lush floral notes (plumeria perhaps), honey, roasted cacao nib, peach-like fruit in aroma and cup. Gently crisp acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor quietly persists in a resonant finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $35.00/8 ounces

Sweetly and roundly pungent; deep. Dark chocolate, juicy, grape-like fruit, quietly lush flowers, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Round, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a crisp, gently dry, cocoa-toned finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $27.40/7 ounces

Quietly deep, pungent. Dark chocolate, plum, night-blooming flowers, oak, a hint of musk in aroma and cup. Soft, gently tart acidity; impressively syrupy, vibrant mouthfeel. Flavor fades a bit in a continued rich but oaky finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $17.50/8 ounces

Unusual taste structure: a candyish sweetness is complicated by a richly sour sensation and a hint of savory depth. The richly and sweetly sourish sensation is most prominent in the acidity. Lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. In the aroma and flavor minty chocolate, lavender, a hint of strawberry, plum perhaps. The chocolate note carries into a very sweet, gently tart finish. We deducted one point from our original 91 rating owing to mildly uneven cups.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: CAD $15.95/12 ounces

Quietly complex, deep. Caramel, fresh-cut cedar, peach, hints of flowers and roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Gently brisk acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Aromatic wood notes saturate a very sweet, easy finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Sweetly tart, balanced. Honey, narcissus, roasted cacao nib, brisk citrus (kumquat?) in aroma and cup. Roundly bright acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a crisp, slightly drying finish.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Deep, syrupy, resonant. Fresh-cut cedar, dark chocolate, apricot, honeysuckle, hints of tangelo-like citrus and nutmeg in aroma and cup. Roundly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a richly drying finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $19.95/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Elegantly dry but deeply sweet. Lavender-like flowers, blackberry, strawberry, dark chocolate, black sage in aroma and cup. Briskly dry but very sweet acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Chocolate and flowers carry into a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $16.85/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Delicate, very sweet, complexly floral-toned. Honey, lavender, freesia, roasted cacao nib, lemon drop in aroma and cup. Crisp, vivacious acidity; light, very silky mouthfeel.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $19.95/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Brisk, bright, citrusy. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus, rounded and sweetened by a background chocolate and a hint of flowers in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a richly tart though smooth finish. Continued bright and citrusy in three parts milk: a vivacious lemony chocolate, slightly drying.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Delicate but rich; fine, layered complexity. Lilac, honey, apricot, raspberry, sandalwood, much more in aroma and cup. Gently bright, lively, almost effervescent acidity; lightly syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates, though the floral note in particular persists in a long, resonant finish.

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