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: $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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Review Date: July 2014

Price: KRW 95,000/100 grams

Grandly fruit-toned, extravagant. Complex, layered fruit (guava, grapefruit, berry), sweet cocoa, brandy, lush, rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, tart, juicy acidity; big, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, deeply flavor-saturated short finish; very slightly fading and alcohol-edged in the long.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $18.50/12 ounces

Pungently sweet, juicy. Lavender-like flowers, black currant, guava, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart, floral-toned acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flowers, fruit and chocolate all carry into a rich, crisp finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Klatch Coffee Logo

Sweet, rich, citrusy. Molasses, complex citrus notes (blood orange, grapefruit, more), roasted cacao nib, cantaloupe, rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Rich, resonant acidity; full, cushiony mouthfeel. Flavor-saturated, gently drying finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $19.00/16 ounces

The WestBean Coffee Roasters Logo

Soft, subtle, distinctive. Dark chocolate, apricot, tangerine, honeysuckle, a savory hint of mace in aroma and cup. Softly resonant acidity; plush, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a richly sweet short finish that turns mildly drying in the long.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Complex; sweetly and intensely tart. Fresh-cut cedar, peach, vanilla, rich lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Deep, bracing, bittersweet acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries into a complex though rather drying finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $6.00/16 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Bright, sweet, refreshing. The acidity is crisply sweet and fruit-toned; the mouthfeel smooth, satiny. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, layered fruit – lemon, grape, peach – and a hint of flowers in the flavor, with the lemon note in particular carrying into a clean, sweet, slightly drying finish. Adding whole milk pleasantly develops the chocolate and rounds the fruit.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.50/11 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Balanced, sweetly bright, complex. Juicy, fruit-toned acidity; round, plush mouthfeel. Sweet cocoa, peach, ripe orange, a hint of flowers in flavor and finish. The addition of cold milk rounds flavor notes without dampening them.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $16.99/32 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Pleasingly deep, bittersweet, complex. The acidity is juicy and tart, the mouthfeel full and syrupy. In the flavor dark chocolate, lush flowers, papaya-like fruit. Rich fruit- and chocolate-toned finish. The addition of cold milk intensifies both the intensity of the flavors and the bittersweetness of the structure.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $14.50/32 fluid ounces

A pure coffee concentrate. Tested over ice in proportions of two parts concentrate to one part water. Sweet, crisp, pungent. Delicately bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. In the flavor caramel, hazelnut, black currant, pear, ripe orange, a hint of flowers. Hazelnut and citrus carry into a pleasing though rather short finish. The addition of cold milk paradoxically seems to intensify both fruit-toned acidity and floral sweetness.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.79/12 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. Bright, dry, nutty. Brisk, nut-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Walnut, roasted cacao nib, lemon, a sweetening hint of honeysuckle in flavor; tartly lemony in the finish. A small volume of cold milk develops sweetness and chocolaty depth.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $3.50/10.5 fluid ounces

A pure, ready-to-drink bottled coffee tested over ice. A sweetly tart structure dominates quiet, layered flavors: lavender-like flowers, milk chocolate, orangy citrus. Richly tart, drying acidity; round, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates with the addition of cold milk; the orange, lavender and chocolate notes mute but pleasingly survive.

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