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: Apr 2018

Price: $12.60/12 ounces

Deeply rich, sweetly roast-toned. Dark chocolate, raisin, molasses, cedar, a hint of cinnamon in aroma and cup. Sweet in structure with gentle, rounded acidity. The finish is chocolate through and through, with raisin in the short and aromatic wood notes resurfacing in the long.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Richly sweet, spice-toned. Mango, clove, lime zest, dark chocolate, fragrant pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet in structure with bright acidity; lightly creamy mouthfeel. The rich-toned finish leads with notes of lime zest and clove in the short; both mango and pipe tobacco return in the long.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Roundly and sweetly tart/pungent. Baker’s chocolate, almond, cedar, tangerine zest, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Syrupy, full mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rather dry though pleasingly chocolate- and cedar-toned finish. Crisp in three-parts milk: dry chocolate and rich floral hints.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Elegant, bright, very sweetly pungent. Starfruit, frankincense, lime zest, roasted cacao nib, narcissus in aroma and cup. Richly sweet in structure with balanced, vivacious acidity. Delicate, silky mouthfeel. The floral-toned finish starts and ends with notes of narcissus, punctuated by starfruit, cacao nib and bittersweet citrus suggesting lime zest, all enveloped in perfumy aromatic wood redolent of frankincense.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, lily, caramelized walnut, grapefruit zest, fresh-cut fir in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy body; richly drying, citrus-toned finish. Chocolaty and floral-toned in three parts milk.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Pungent and earthy with a quietly persuasive sweetness. Fresh clay, grapefruit zest, baker’s chocolate, vanilla bean, ripe pear in aroma and cup. Sweet/savory in structure; light but plush mouthfeel. Clay, grapefruit and vanilla carry into an impressively resonant, layered finish.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: CAD $15.50/340 grams

Deeply and richly sweet. Strawberry, peach, sandalwood, almond butter, chrysanthemum in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The quiet finish consolidates around notes of almond and sandalwood.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Intricately layered, deeply and sweetly pungent. Roasted cacao nib, lemon zest, lilac, candied ginger, frankincense in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The complex finish sustains all of the flavor notes from the cup, sweet flowers in particular.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $11.35/12 ounces

Grounds for Change logo

Deeply rich, sweetly tart. Baker’s chocolate, grapefruit zest, molasses, tea rose, marjoram in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory in structure; plump, velvety mouthfeel. The finish is crisp and dry, but also richly sweet, with notes of chocolate and spice-toned florals.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: NT $415/12 ounces

Sweetly pungent, high-toned. Dried apple, orange blossom, toffee, cedar, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure, with juicy acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. The finish is deeply sweet and resonant, with notes of orange blossom and toffee in the short, rounding to chocolate in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Richly sweet, spice-toned. Dried cherry, lemon zest, baker’s chocolate, cashew, a hint of cayenne in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly tart structure with bright acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish centers on citrus notes and chocolate in the short, with a suggestion of cayenne in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Klatch Coffee Logo

Deeply, refreshingly pungent and earthy. Grapefruit zest, dark chocolate, candied ginger, graham cracker, moist fresh-fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Structured around complexly layered tart, sweet and savory tastes; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, deeply flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Juicy, crisp yet lush, original. Jasmine, baker’s chocolate, sandalwood, tangerine zest, dried mango in aroma and cup. Layered and lyric in structure: softly bright, crisply pungent. Light yet lively in mouthfeel. The finish consolidates around the sandalwood and cocoa, but the sweet flowers last, too.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $17.60/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Richly sweet, delicately savory. Lilac, chocolate fudge, pomegranate, frankincense, honey in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory structure with bright, juicy acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish is resonant with notes of lilac and pomegranate in the short and chocolate-toned frankincense in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet-tart. Dark chocolate, narcissus, candied blood orange zest, almond butter, cedar in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy body; citrus- and cedar-toned finish. In three parts milk, notes of dark chocolate pleasin

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Delicate, sweetly tart. Roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle, tamarind, spearmint, plum in aroma and cup. Balanced structure with brisk acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. Bittersweet in the short finish and sweetly wood-framed in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: NT $600/16 ounces

Delicate but richly intricate. Cocoa, almond paste, lemon verbena, hints of lily and grappa-like spirits in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet and brisk, though juicy in structure. Very lightly syrupy in mouthfeel. The finish is deeply savory-sweet and crisply flavor-saturated.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $13.75/12 ounces

Intricate, layered, deeply sweet. Blackberry, nougat, roasted cacao nib, frankincense, tangerine zest in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-tart structure; full, satiny mouthfeel. Notes of blackberry enveloped in cocoa frame the quiet short finish, rounding to incense-like aromatic wood and nougat in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Deeply and richly sweet, complex, layered. Apricot, dark chocolate, nut-toned toffee, sandalwood, fresh humus (forest floor).Sweet-savory structure with lively, juicy acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish is resonant with notes of stone fruit and sandalwood in the short and earth-toned toffee in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

Visit Durango Coffee Company

Delicate but deeply and quietly intense. Cocoa, peach, fresh-cut fir, brown sugar, a hint of lush, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Balanced, crisply sweet in structure; light-footed and lively in mouthfeel. Cocoa dominates in a resonant, flavor-saturated finish.