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: 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

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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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.50/12 ounces

Pungent, deep, spicy. Milk chocolate, Concord grape, passion flower, aromatic sandalwood, a hint of savory black truffle in aroma and cup. Tart, juicy acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Rich, spice-toned, slightly savory finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Crisply sweet, giddily lively. Complex flowers (lilac, lavender, freesia), butter, roasted cacao nib, brown sugar, dry berry in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly bright acidity; silky mouthfeel. Sweet-toned, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Rich, crisply balanced, deep. Blood orange, fresh-cut oak, narcissus, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Rich, round, low-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The flowers and a particularly chocolaty cacao nib carry persuasively into a crisp finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $12.75/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, sweetly pungent. Brown sugar, blood orange, apricot, roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut cedar, a hint of narcissus-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Silky mouthfeel. The cacao nib softens to chocolate in a very sweet, smooth finish. Outstanding in three parts milk: a crisp, cedary chocolate dominates, nuanced by the orange and a hint of narcissus.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Intense, dynamic, lush yet crisp. An avalanche of floral notes (rose, lily, gardenia), sandalwood, lemon zest, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor simplifies but saturates a richly dry finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $18.50/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 15

Dynamic, deeply layered, complex. Pungent suggestions of humus-like, moist fresh-fallen leaves, fragrant pipe tobacco, malted barley layer with fruit (honeydew melon, mango, blood orange) and narcissus-like flowers. Gentle, very sweetly tart acidity; lightish but smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates without losing character in a rich, sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $12.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, rich, fudgy. Dark chocolate, butter, fresh-cut cedar, apricot/plum, lavender in aroma and small cup. Buttery mouthfeel. Chocolate and a hint of lavender in a sweet-toned finish. Handles three parts milk with considerable dry, cocoaish authority and continued hints of lavender and stone fruit.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Big, sweet, plumy. Dark chocolate, brandy, ripe strawberry, kumquat, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Lively, flavor-saturated acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Rich finishing, saturated with flowers and a fruit-toned chocolate.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Balanced, engaging depth, quiet complexity. Raisiny dark chocolate, ripe tangerine-like citrus, night-blooming flowers, all deepened by a savory hint in the structure. Low-toned but vibrant acidity; smooth, plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a long, gently sweet finish.

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Review Date: November 2014

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #29

Deep, sweetly pungent, intricate. Black currant, jasmine, banana sweetness, minty dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Richly rounded acidity; full, buttery mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly chocolate and black currant, lasts far into the long finish.

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Review Date: October 2014

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Delicate but grandly and exhilaratingly aromatic. Sweet narcissus-like flowers, sandalwood, dark chocolate, orange marmalade in aroma and cup. Crisp, balanced acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but deepens in a long, richly drying finish.

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Review Date: October 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Delicate yet richly complex. Roasted cacao nib, sandalwood, blood orange, narcissus, an herby hint of oregano in aroma and cup. Sweetly and gently brisk acidity; light though silky mouthfeel. Cacao nib and sandalwood carry into a crisp finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Spicy, chocolaty. Sandalwood, dark chocolate, pluot, narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Intense, richly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The sandalwood and cocoa-like chocolate in particular carry into a deep, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $14.85/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Intense; sweetly and roundly bright. Crisply nut-toned chocolate and very sweet, very zesty, very complex citrus (tangerine, lemon) in aroma and small cup. Relatively light in body but surprisingly syrupy in mouthfeel. The bright, fresh citrus carries into a very rich finish and dominates pleasingly in three parts milk; think lemon tart with a rounding suggestion of chocolate.

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Review Date: September 2014

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 13

Sweet-toned, gentle, juicy. Pineapple, sweet chocolate, rum, minty flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Round, richly lively acidity; full, very syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a finish that balances continuing sweetness with a crisp drying edge.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: $11.25/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, complex, gently roasty. Sweet chocolate, raisin, ripe grapefruit, lightly scorched pine, a hint of lush flowers in aroma and small cup. Plush but drying mouthfeel; sweet though quite drying in the finish. Lightly and delicately chocolaty in three parts milk.

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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: $14.50/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Complex, deep, pungent. Black currant and blackberry; opulent flowers; dark chocolate; hints of fresh herb – black sage, cilantro – in aroma and cup. Powerful, richly tart acidity; plush mouthfeel. Sweet, flavor-saturated finish.

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