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: February 2015

Price: $6.99/12 capsules

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible capsule containing slightly less than 11 grams of coffee to produce a 6-ounce serving). Sweet-toned, gently citrusy. Hazelnut, orangy citrus, hints of cedar and chocolate in aroma and cup. Quietly balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. The hazelnut in particular carries into a crisply delicate, clean finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $11.00/10 capsules

(As brewed in a Nespresso VirtuoLine single-serve brewing device using a VirtuoLine capsule containing 12 grams of coffee to produce a manually set 6-ounce serving). Pungent, roundly tart. Stone fruit, caramel, fir, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Tart but juicy acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The tart tendencies dominate in a fruit-toned finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: NA

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible capsule containing a 7-gram dose of particularly finely ground coffee to produce a 6-ounce serving). Crisply delicate yet lush. Roasted cacao nib, night-blooming flowers, moist perique tobacco, dried cherry in aroma and cup. Round, low-toned acidity; light but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. The cherry note in particular carries into a sweet though quietly drying finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $17.99/24 K-cups

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using an “Extra Bold” K-Cup capsule containing 11 grams of coffee to produce a 6-ounce serving). Round, deep, richly earthy. Dark chocolate, wet fallen leaves, prune, deep-toned, carnal lily in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded acidity; lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate and the moist, leafy earth notes in particular carry into a rich though mildly drying finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $13.95/18 capsules

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible capsule containing 10 grams of coffee to produce a 6-ounce serving). Sweet-toned, delicately lively. Caramel, mild roasted nut, hints of apricot and flowers in aroma and cup. Very gently brisk acidity; light though silky mouthfeel. The caramel and nut suggestions turn faintly but pleasantly chocolaty in a clean, simple finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $9.99/12 capsules

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible capsule to produce a 6-ounce serving). Sweetly and briskly roast-toned. Gently scorched oak, dark chocolate, prune, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Bittersweet acidity; light but buoyant mouthfeel. A hint of chocolate survives in a rich though drying finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $11.99/10 capsules

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(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a Keurig-compatible UpShot capsule containing 10 grams of coffee to produce a 6-ounce serving). Deep, round. Baker’s chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, apricot, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Round, low-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish consolidates around a rich though mildly drying cedar note.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $24.95/32 K-Cups

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a licensed K-Cup capsule containing 11+ grams of coffee to produce a 6-ounce serving). Dry, zesty, citrusy. Citrus zest, sweetly pungent, berry-like fruit, fresh-cut oak, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Brisk, distinctly bittersweet acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp, richly drying finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $13.99/16 K-Cups

(As brewed in a Keurig B70 Platinum single-serve brewing device using a licensed K-Cup capsule containing 11+ grams of coffee to produce a 6-ounce serving). Quietly but robustly pungent. Bitter orange, prune, pecan, fresh-cut oak in aroma and cup. Crisp, rich acidity; lightly syrupy, roughish mouthfeel. A floral suggestion complicates a dry, oaky finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Crisp, quietly juicy. Orange, roasted cacao nib, caramel, wisteria-like flowers, a brisk hint of peppermint in aroma and cup. Gently bright, fruit-toned acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly an orangy chocolate, saturates a richly drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $20.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly pungent, chocolate- and nut-toned. Chocolate, hazelnut, fresh-cut fir, orange, raisin in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; orange and chocolate in particular carry into a richly drying finish. Excellent in three-parts milk, where the chocolate amplifies and the hazelnut takes on a vanilla-like sweetness.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Crisp yet lush. Bakers’ chocolate, orangy citrus, musk, a hint of grappa in aroma and cup. Rich, juicy acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate and orange suggestions in particular carry into a gently drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $20.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Chocolaty, deep. Dark chocolate, lively fresh-cut cedar, anise, musky flowers in aroma and small cup. Full though drying mouthfeel; crisply chocolate-toned, resonant finish. Chocolate carries nicely into three parts milk, turning nutty and buttery with continued cedar and musk complications.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Suavely and sweetly tart. Green grape, crisp roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut fir, sweetly spicy flowers in aroma and cup. Brisk, bright acidity; light but satiny mouthfeel. Cacao nib and a hint of flowers carry into a rich though drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply and richly sweet, balanced. Dark chocolate, plum, fresh-cut cedar, a hint of lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. A round, resonant short finish turns a bit drying in the long. Chocolate, cedar and a hint of plum carry with crisp authority into three parts milk.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: NT$500/8 ounces

Big, brightly sweet, intense. Complex fruit – red currant, peach, orange – honeysuckle, musk, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Richly tart acidity; full, plush mouthfeel. Long, sweet-toned, resonantly flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

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Intricate, exhilarating; crisp yet juicy. Honey, roasted cacao nib, tangerine, sandalwood and very complex flowers, particularly rose and jasmine, in aroma and cup. Juicy, gently tart acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a long, sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: NT$290/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, sweetly pungent, quietly complex. Dark chocolate, tangerine, rich-toned cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp finish. Fills out three parts milk nicely, with fat mouthfeel and good persistence of chocolate, cedar and tangerine notes.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Sweet, pungent but balanced. Buttery dark chocolate, candied blood orange, apricot, deep-toned narcissus-like flowers. Full, fudgy mouthfeel; chocolate and a hint of flowers carry into a richly drying finish. Blooms nicely in three parts milk, which sweetens and softens the chocolate without dampening the fine fruit and floral complication.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: NT$350/8 ounces

Round, layered, deeply pungent. Fudgy chocolate, moist tobacco, vanilla, cedar in aroma and cup. Backgrounded, roast-rounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Resonant, richly drying finish.

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