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: January 2015

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Smooth, balanced. Caramel, roasted cacao-nib, honeysuckle-like flowers, apricot, star anise in aroma and small cup. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; quiet, very sweet finish. In three parts milk a gently caramelly chocolate dominates, with hints of star anise and apricot.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, round, balanced; quietly chocolate- and fruit-toned. Cherry, blood orange, dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Silky, lively mouthfeel; distinct chocolate carries into a rich though drying finish. A crisply dry, minty chocolate dominates in three parts milk.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Sweet, rich, slightly earthy. Brown sugar, orangy citrus, fresh-cut cedar, bakers’ chocolate, a hint of fresh, humus-like earth in aroma and cup. Round, gently lively acidity; very lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rather short finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Juicy but brisk, intricate. Honey, orange, mango, lilac-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; smoothly satiny, lively mouthfeel. Flowers and cacao nib in particular saturate a deep, crisply bittersweet finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Sweetly pungent, delicately complex. Honey, tangerine, apricot, lilac in aroma and cup. Gently tart, almost effervescent acidity; very light but silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweetly resonant, richly drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Victrola Coffee Roasters Logo

Deep, sweet, pungent. Dark chocolate, lily-like flowers, pecan, a hint of ripe orange in aroma and cup. Crisp, gently brisk acidity; soft, plush mouthfeel. Chocolate, orangy citrus, a suggestion of lily carry into a mildly drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $20.00/6 ounces

Richly sweet with an intricate, layered complexity. Honeycomb, wisteria-like flowers, peach, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Gently tart, juicy acidity; syrupy, buoyantly lively mouthfeel. The peach note in particular carries into a rich, sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Deep, rich, sweet. Roasted cacao nib, pear cider, lily-like flowers, honeydew melon in aroma and cup. Brisk though sweetly floral-toned acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Pear and melon in particular carry into a lush, flavor-saturated short finish that turns very mildly drying in the long.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $25.00/12 ounces

Delicate but deep; resonantly intricate. Lush rose, roasted cacoa-nib, mango chutney, blood orange, frankincense-like aromatic wood in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy, complex acidity; lightly silky, plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but saturates a long finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $35.95/8 ounces

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee Logo

Big, juicy, resonantly bright. Blood orange, black currant, lilac, vanilla, dark chocolate. Rich, round, lively acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but retains depth and sweetness in a long finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $9.99/16 ounces

Delicate, lively, sweetly tart. Roasted cacao nib, orange marmalade, pear, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Delicately bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. The tart character softens and smoothes in a gently flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Intense, pungent, arresting. Honey, sweetly tart berry, spicy tea rose, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Softly bright, complexly expressed acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The berry note dominates in a deep, bittersweet finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Zesty and rich-toned. Cocoa, orange-zest, apricot, night flowers, cumin and licorice in aroma and small cup. Smooth and lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Richly drying finish with prominent notes of licorice and cumin. Quietly resonant and still zesty in three-parts milk.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $18.50/12 ounces

Kickapoo Coffee Roasters Logo

Deeply and sweetly tart; intricate; refined. Distinct sweet lemon, pungent black currant, roasted cacao nib, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Pronounced, richly resonant acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but sustains in a crisp, gently tart finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

Kickapoo Coffee Roasters Logo

Soft, deep, pungent. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, apricot/plum, a hint of heady night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, gently drying acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate, hazelnut and apricot/plum all carry into a quietly rich finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $182.45/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters Logo

Intense, sweet, juicy, intricate. Strawberry, blueberry, complex flowers (citrus blossom, lavender), pear cider, roasted almond in aroma and cup. Bright, vivacious acidity; light, buoyant, almost effervescent mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a gently drying finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $20.00/16 ounces

Perfectly structured; pungent, juicy, deeply complex. Honey, lemon, blackberry, black cherry, intense narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, balanced acidity; plush, lively mouthfeel. Honey, lemon, berry, a hint of nut-toned cacao nib carry into a long, thoroughly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: TWD $500/8 ounces

Delicately complex, sweet-toned, balanced. Almond, roasted cacao-nib, sweet lime, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and cup. Gently crisp, nuanced acidity; buoyant, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Most flavor notes carry into a long, sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $40.00/8 ounces

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Logo

Intense, juicy, massively complex. Honey, mango, grapefruit, bakers’ chocolate, tea rose, much more in aroma and cup. Big, sweetly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. In the finish flavor consolidates but rings on, gentle, layered, resonant.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 7

Big, round, ringingly sweet, vivacious. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, rose-like flowers, tangelo, saucy cranberry, pear in aroma and cup. Deep, nuanced, lively acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Cacao nib, rose and pear in particular saturate a long, sweet-toned, resonant finish.

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