Best Value Coffees

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The coffees and espressos that appear below demonstrate exceptional value relative to other coffees of similar quality and distinctiveness as reflected in their overall score. These best value coffees often sell out quickly and may no longer be available. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee.

Review Date: Jan 2018

Price: $16.99/12 ounces

Resonantly fruit-forward, elegant, complex. Honey, dried raspberry, chocolate truffle, aged rum, a hint of marjoram in aroma and cup. Juicy, rich structure with bright, vibrant acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. A suggestion of sweet marjoram complicates the rich, flavor-saturated finish, which leads with honey and raspberry notes in the short, rounding to chocolate and aged rum in the long.

Review Date: Jan 2018

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly and deeply pungent. Dark chocolate, cedar, orange zest, floral-toned vanilla, fresh pipe tobacco in aroma and small cup. Syrupy but lively mouthfeel; dark chocolate, cedar, orange carry into a resonant finish. The dark chocolate turns crisp and malty in three parts milk.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $12.95/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly and crisply pungent. Dark chocolate, gently scorched cedar, ripe plum, floral vanilla, a hint of port wine in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Dark chocolate dominates in a roundly drying finish. Fills out three parts milk with depth and authority: vanilla, chocolate, continuing hint of port wine.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $18.95/12 ounces

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Intensely rich, deeply sweet, complex. Chocolate fudge, lavender, grapefruit zest, moist perique-style tobacco, coconut-covered date in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory in structure with lively acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-laden finish offers chocolate-toned spicy florals in the short resolving to rich date notes with undertones of perique tobacco in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $15.00/250 grams

Deep, complex, richly sweet-savory. Vanilla orchid, toasted coconut, fine musk, dried fig, dark caramel in aroma and cup. Elegant, savory-leaning structure with bright, juicy acidity; plush, velvety mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-laden finish is centered around floral-toned fruit, with supporting notes of dark caramel and fine musk.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $20.00/12 ounces

Intense, dynamic, richly sweet-savory. Passionfruit jam, baker’s chocolate, aromatic orchid, sandalwood, almond in aroma and cup. Bright, sweetly tart in structure; full, velvety mouthfeel. The resonant finish is crisply sweet, with layers of complex fruit and floral notes in the short, consolidating to baker’s chocolate and almond in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Richly sweet, spice-toned. Baker’s chocolate, tangerine zest, clove, date, sandalwood in aroma and cup. High-toned, sweetly tart in structure; plush and syrupy in mouthfeel. The finish centers around cocoa-toned clove notes and deeply sweet fruit in the short, aromatic sandalwood in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Crisp, sweet-savory. Mulberry, pink peppercorn, maple syrup, gardenia, cedar in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-savory in structure; viscous, velvety mouthfeel. The rich though drying finish centers around spicy florals and berry tones in the short and notes of aromatic wood and maple syrup in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2017

Price: $19.25/12 ounces

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Sweetly bright, spicy and savory-edged. Orange zest, black currant, baker’s chocolate, tamarind, floral-toned vanilla, redwood in aroma and cup. Deeply bright and richly savory in structure; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Very deep, very lasting finish, saturated with flavor: chocolate, black currant, vanilla.

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: 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: Oct 2017

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Crisp, richly sweet. Lemon blossom, caramelized banana, fir, nutmeg, baker’s chocolate in aroma and cup. Bittersweet structure with mild acidity; lean, satiny mouthfeel. The gently drying finish leads with citrusy floral notes and caramelized banana in the short, consolidating to crisp, nutmeg-toned cocoa in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $16.49/12 ounces

No. 13 Coffee of the Top 30 Coffees of 2017

Evaluated as espresso. Raspberry jam, juniper, dark chocolate, candied tangerine zest, tea rose in aroma and small cup. Lively, syrupy body; flavor-saturated, resonant finish. In cappuccino-scaled milk, notes of raspberry, chocolate, spicy florals, and sweet-toned citrus zest harmonize with balanced complexity.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Crisply sweet-tart, fruit-toned. Notes of cascara (dried coffee cherry), lemon verbena, honeysuckle-like flowers, dark chocolate, black peppercorn in aroma and cup. In structure crisp but almost candy-like sweet and deeply fruit-forward; syrupy mouthfeel. The finish, long, resonant and consistent, foregrounds the sweet herbaceous notes, both lemon verbena and cascara, wrapped in dark chocolate.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $18.95/12 ounces

Delicate, subtly and richly sweet. Dried hibiscus, pistachio, black currant, roasted cacao nib, myrrh in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory, gently bright structure; smoothly satiny mouthfeel. The finish, both deeply sweet and richly drying, consolidates to dried hibiscus in the short, while cocoa-toned black currant with a hint of myrrh return in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $16.99/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2017: Coffee No. 19

Delicate, balanced, sweetly spice-toned. Strawberry, almond, cocoa powder, fine musk, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Integrated, juicy, balanced structure. Velvety, lively, almost effervescent mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish leads with notes of sweet berries in the short, rounding to deep florals in the long.

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $18.95/12 ounces

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High-toned, crisply sweet-tart, richly savory. Jasmine, roasted cacao nib, lemon verbena, grapefruit zest, aromatic mushroom in aroma and cup. Balanced sweetly tart structure with a rich umami undercurrent; buoyant, satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish leads with floral notes (jasmine) and closes with crisply sweet citrus (lemon verbena, grapefruit zest).

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

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Complex, richly sweet-savory. Jasmine, pomegranate, nutella, marjoram, frankincense in aroma and cup. Crisply bittersweet structure with high-toned acidity; velvety mouthfeel. A surprising coconut note surfaces in the immediate finish, which proceeds with chocolate-toned sweet herb hints in a larger context of sweet-tart, pomegranate-like fruit.

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $16.49/12 ounces

Sweetly pungent, richly savory. Dried mulberry, bay leaf, butterscotch, violet, Meyer lemon zest in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweet-savory structure; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. Floral tones and notes of dried berries lead the resonant finish in the short, rounding to butterscotch with herbaceous undertones in the long.

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Top 30: No. 24 Coffee of 2017

Crisply sweet, fruit-forward. Ripe strawberry, aromatic orchid, honey, toasted pine nut, a hint of sumac spice in aroma and cup. Lavish, elegant structure, with sweet-tart-savory in harmonious balance. Syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is resonant, long and flavor-saturated, maintaining the promise of the complex flavor notes from the cup.