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: 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

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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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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $17.99/12 ounces

Extraordinarily intense and complexly aromatic coffee. Pungent fruit (grapefruit, black currant); moist pipe tobacco and sweet, freshly turned clay; molasses and chocolate fudge. Round, quietly vibrant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Richly sweet, powerfully flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $12.75/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Well-structured, complete, balanced. Dark chocolate, richly aromatic cedar, apricot, tangerine, a hint of honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Very smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a drying but richly sweet finish. Flavor predictably softens but carries with delicate complexity into three parts milk.

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Review Date: June 2014

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Pungent, deeply flavor-saturated. Honey, blood orange, black currant, rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and cup. Richly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but carries far into a pungent, sweet-toned finish.

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Review Date: June 2014

Price: $12.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Opulent, sweet, carnal. Brown sugar, fresh-cut cedar, rich chocolate, apricot, cinnamon, a hint of narcissus-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flowers, chocolate and cinnamon in particular saturate a crisp finish. Flavor softens but carries relatively intact into three parts milk.

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Review Date: June 2014

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Intense, sweetly complex, dramatic. Honey, jasmine, peach, mango, a crisp hint of roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Buoyant, lyric acidity; silky, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on and on in a very long finish.

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Review Date: April 2014

Price: $15.35/12 ounces

Intensely floral, deeply complex. Rose- and lavender-like flowers, honey, cacao nib, apricot, a delicate hint of cashew in aroma and cup. Gently buoyant, lively acidity, light but very silky mouthfeel. Lavender and cashew in particular persist in a sweet-toned, balanced finish.

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Review Date: March 2014

Price: $13.75/12 ounces

Marketplacerevelcoffee

Fruit notes are layered and shifting: tangerine, guava, strawberry, more, complicated by honeyish floral notes and a crisp, nutty roasted cacao nib. Juicy, lively acidity; silky mouthfeel. Flowers in particular saturate a long, resonant finish.

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Review Date: March 2014

Price: $9.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Balanced, suave, lightly pungent. Honeyish chocolate, lily-like flowers, pineapple, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Richly and roundly tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp, gently chocolate-toned finish.

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Review Date: February 2014

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Topeca Coffee Roasters Logo

Balanced in structure but extravagant in flavor and aroma. Complex fruit, crisp roasted cacao nib, agave syrup, bourbon whisky, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; silky mouthfeel. Vibrantly deep, flavor-saturated finish, with cacao-nib, bourbon and agave notes particularly prominent.

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Review Date: February 2014

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Klatch Coffee Logo

Immensely rich and complex. Blood orange, black currant, dark chocolate, sandalwood, a hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Resonantly balanced, floral-toned acidity. Plush, lively mouthfeel. Deeply flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: February 2014

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Gently bright, sweetly intense. Honey, grapefruit, lilac, cocoa butter in aroma and cup. Juicy, floral-toned acidity; silky mouthfeel. The grapefruit note and a more explicit chocolate dominate in a cleanly sweet finish.

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Review Date: December 2013

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2013 - #13

Intense, rich, pungent. Blood orange, black currant, fresh-cut fir, plum blossom in aroma and in cup, where a slight savory, truffle-like edge deepens and complicates flavor. Powerful but opulently balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Resonant, gently drying, flavor-saturated finish.

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