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: March 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Crisp yet sweet, cidery, intricate. Strawberry, juniper, unsweetened cocoa, rose-like flowers, a hint of fruit cider in aroma and cup. Lively, melodic acidity; plush mouthfeel. Very long, complexly expressed finish that may impress some with its flavor-saturated resonance and fundamental sweetness, while putting others off with a simultaneous drying tightness.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: NT $450/8 ounces

Delicate, intricate, very sweetly but crisply fruit-toned. Orange, honey, roasted cacao nib, lilac-like flowers, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Round, brisk but rich acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Resonantly crisp, slightly bitter-toned finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

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Immaculately sweet; lyrical. Peach, honey, lavender and honeysuckle, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet, high-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Peach, honey and flowers carry into a crisply sweet finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Sweetly crisp, pure, delicate. Red currant, bakers’ chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, hints of grapefruit and lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Lightly expressed, gently bright acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor carries almost intact into a resonantly sweet finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

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Gently and sweetly tart; classic. Tangerine, rhododendron-like flowers, hazelnut, raisin in aroma and cup. Tart but juicy acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a continued tart yet sweet finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: KRW 32,000/500 grams

Crisply sweet, nut-toned. Roasted nut, apricot, malt, a hint of rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and cup. Despite the prominent nut notes, the acidity is quiet but juicy and lively. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The fruit moves forward and the nut recedes in a sweet finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $29.99/12 ounces

Deep, richly roasty, chocolate- and fruit-toned. Lightly scorched cedar, dark chocolate, musk, apricot in aroma and cup. Sweet, roast-rounded acidity; lightly plush mouthfeel. The finish is dry and roast-toned with a backgrounded chocolaty sweetness.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: See review note

Deeply pungent, original, complex. Pecan, pomegranate, melon, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The fruit notes in particular carry into a long, cleanly resonant finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Tart, sweet, vibrant. Honey, orange, apricot, sweet flowers, a crisp hint of cinnamon bark in aroma and cup. Rich, gently tart acidity; plush mouthfeel. The cinnamon note intensifies in a quietly resonant finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $18.50/12 ounces

Exuberantly floral and berry-toned. Mulberry, lantana-like flowers, roasted cacao nib, hints of ripe lemon and black sage in aroma and cup. Delicate, lively acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor quiets but lasts in a round, resonant finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: CAD $15.99/16 ounces

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Deep, round, balanced. Fresh-cut fir, pecan, plum, hints of chocolate and flowers in aroma and cup. Crisp, quiet, roast-rounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate note comes forward in a simple but sweetly resonant finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Deep, sweet-toned, balanced. Hazelnut, raspberry, roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and cup. Richly pungent acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Nut and raspberry carry into a sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $18.00/16 ounces

Intense, complex, sweetly pungent. Honeysuckle, tangerine, apricot and plum, spicy aromatic wood. Richly and roundly bright acidity; silky mouthfeel. Bright, mildly drying, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $20.00/16 ounces

Soft but intense; original. Lavender, kumquat, musk, roasted cacao nib, ripe banana in aroma and cup. Rich, round acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet finish, slightly drying in the long.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Sweet, slightly savory, unique. Black currant, sugary sweet potato, dark chocolate, pistachio, rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and cup. Deep, pungent acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Balanced, quietly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

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Deep, subtle, pungent. Raspberry, pluot, violet, vanilla, fresh-cut oak in aroma and cup. Gently tart acidity; light but distinctly syrupy-textured mouthfeel. Fruit and floral notes – violet, vanilla – carry into a rich, exceptionally long finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $19.50/12 ounces

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Juicy but savory, deep, subtle. Mulberry, dark chocolate, black sage, narcissus in aroma and cup. Roundly and richly tart acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor thins out a bit but rings on in a resonant finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

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Richly and intricately crisp; balanced. Tangerine, roasted cacao nib, fragrant lily, musk, almond. Light-footed, lively acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around lily and citrus in a gently drying finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Deep, pungent, cedary. Fudgy dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, peach, hints of wisteria and vanilla in aroma and small cup. Creamy mouthfeel; cedar and chocolate carry into a rather drying finish. Particularly fine in three parts milk, where the chocolate richly dominates, nuanced by continued peach and cedar suggestions.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $9.99/10 capsules

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible UpShot capsule containing 11+ grams of coffee to produce a 6-ounce serving). Delicate but rich; sweet; gently intricate. Dark chocolate, dried cherry, lilac, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Brisk though backgrounded acidity; cherry and flowers in particular carry into a sweetly crisp finish.

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