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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: Nov 2017

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Deeply sweet, subtly pungent. Honey, pear, tangerine zest, dark chocolate, pistachio in aroma and cup. Sweet and juicy yet crisp in structure (think ripe pear); plush and buoyant in mouthfeel. Resonant and flavor saturated in the short finish; simplifies around hints of tangerine and pistachio in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: $17.49/12 ounces

Delicate, richly and sweetly tart. Dried hibiscus, fine musk, almond, sandalwood, raspberry in aroma and cup. Fruit-toned, deeply sweet structure with gently-expressed acidity; buoyant, satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The crisp, flavor-saturated finish is characterized by sweet-tart fruit and floral tones (raspberry, hibiscus).

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: $17.99/16 ounces

Willoughby's Coffee & Tea Logo

High-toned, floral. Dried apricot, magnolia, almond butter, maple syrup, cherry brandy in aroma and cup. Crisp, sweetly-tart in structure; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Notes of magnolia and dried apricot dominate in the flavor-laden short finish, with hints of almond butter and fruit brandy in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Very delicate, sweetly savory. Lemon verbena, allspice, dried persimmon, dogwood, baker’s chocolate in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory structure; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The sweetly herb-toned finish centers on notes of lemon verbena and dried persimmon wrapped in baker’s chocolate.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

High-toned, crisply sweet. Lemon blossom, apricot, frankincense, spearmint, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Balanced, complete sweet-savory structure; satiny, full mouthfeel. Sweet spearmint notes carry the cocoa-toned finish, with hints of lemon blossom and apricot.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: CAD $17.00/12 ounces

Top 30: Coffee No. 17 of 2017

Balanced, sweet-savory. Red currant, roasted cacao nib, clove, blood orange zest, frankincense in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet structure with lively acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant, spice-toned finish leads with intimations of clove and roasted cacao nib in the short, rounding to rich fruit tones with hints of frankincense in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: $24.50/12 ounces

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. Logo

Intense; deep, spice-complicated sweetness. Black currant, baker’s chocolate, peppercorn medley, black sage, a hint of lush lily in aroma and cup. Balanced and lively in structure: sweetly tart with a savory edge. Plush, silky mouthfeel. Chocolate moves forward in a resonant, long, lively finish.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: NT $550/16 ounces

Deeply crisp, lushly floral. Rose, almond, dark chocolate, lime zest, peppermint in aroma and cup. Tartly sweet with a clear savory edge in structure; plump, juicy mouthfeel. Finish is complex and resonant in the short, consolidating around a fading lime and mint in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: CAD $17.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Intrigungly complex, balanced. Dark chocolate, molasses, cedar, narcissus, date in aroma and small cup. Satiny-smooth body; sweetly cocoa-toned finish. In three parts milk, floral and cocoa tones lead in the short, while hints of rich date resurface in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Surprising and melodic, delicate yet vivid. Lilac and lemon blossom, fresh sweet grass, honey, moist pipe tobacco, fresh-cut elm in aroma and cup. In structure subtly and sweetly tart. Very light, silky mouthfeel. Unexpectedly rich and flavor-saturated in the finish: pipe tobacco, honey, lemon blossom.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $128/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly and richly tart. Graham cracker, lemon zest, hazelnut, pomegranate, clover flower in aroma and small cup. Satiny mouthfeel; gently drying, resonant finish centered around hazelnut and lemon zest. In three parts milk, the sweet-tartness of the cup carries into the chocolate-toned long finish.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $140/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet-tart, wood-framed. Dark chocolate, tangerine zest, fir, hazelnut, a hint of flowers in aroma and small cup. Dense in mouthfeel; bittersweet chocolate dominates in finish. The chocolate reappears in three-parts milk, though its sweetness is limited by a bitterish, wood-toned edge.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $130/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Fir, almond, baker’s chocolate, white peppercorn, molasses in aroma and small cup. Satiny though slightly lean mouthfeel. Almond and chocolate dominate in a drying finish. Three parts milk sweetens the nut and chocolate, though the finish remains dry.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $120/227 grams

Delicate, gently tart, spice-toned. Pomegranate, cocoa powder, lemon blossom, white peppercorn, hazelnut in aroma and cup. Lively, quietly complex structure; crisp, buoyant mouthfeel. The finish leads with gently drying notes of hazelnut and white peppercorn in the short and segues to cocoa-toned citrus blossoms in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $128/454 grams

Subtle, layered, sweetly tart. Blackcurrant, narcissus-like flowers, oregano, baker’s chocolate, molasses in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure, with savory undertones; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. Baker’s chocolate is the throughline of the gently drying finish, with sweet floral notes in the short and blackcurrant and oregano in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $128/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet, spice-toned. Caramel apple, dark chocolate, pecan, cedar, a hint of paprika in aroma and small cup. Velvety mouthfeel; bittersweet finish with notes of dark chocolate and caramel apple in the short and paprika and pecan in the long. Cappuccino-scaled milk balances out the chocolate, fruit, nut and spice tones in pleasingly bittersweet resonance.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $120/227 grams

Rich, sweet-toned, balanced. Nougat, pink peppercorn, lemongrass, roasted cacao nib, tea rose in aroma and cup. Floral-toned, bittersweet structure; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. Notes of aromatic wood and spice-toned florals carry the gently drying finish.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $200/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Subtle and enveloping, richly sweet-toned. Jasmine, roasted cacao nib, passionfruit, sandalwood, nougat in aroma and small cup. Delicate, silky mouthfeel; cocoa- and sandalwood-toned finish with notes of passionfruit carrying into the long. In three parts milk, passionfruit and jasmine harmonize with cocoa and a pleasing aromatic wood.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $250/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet-toned, deeply rich, chocolaty. Vanilla paste, dark chocolate, narcissus, pink grapefruit zest, black cherry in aroma and cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; resonant, flavor-saturated finish. In three parts milk, rich chocolate tones intensify, along with intimations of vanilla paste and black cherry in the short finish and floral-toned citrus zest in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: HKD $158/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly tart, floral-toned. Honeysuckle, oak, dried apricot, dark chocolate, thyme in aroma and small cup. Delicately syrupy body; gently drying, floral-driven finish in the short and sweetly herb-toned in the long. In three parts milk, chocolate, florals and fruit all take center stage, and thyme-like herb notes gently follow.