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: April 2015

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Lush, intricate, with a deep, cushiony sweetness. Lavishly complex floral notes – cherry blossom, lavender, saffron, more – complicated by mulberry, tangerine and a crisp roasted cacao nib. Round, floral-toned acidity; plush, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly the floral notes, sustain in a long, balanced, lightly drying finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $12.69/12 ounces

Quiet, vibrant, dry, deep. Butternut squash, dried peach, coconut, orange blossom, hints of earth and fir in aroma and cup. Roundly balanced, deeply expressed acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet though simple finish.

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Review Date: April 2015

Price: $12.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Vibrantly rich, sweet, intense. Chocolate fudge, passion-fruit, mango, jasmine, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around cocoa and sandalwood in a resonant, slightly drying finish. Chocolate dominates in three parts milk with continued hints of passion-fruit and mango.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: CAD $11.00/16 ounces

Rich, low-toned, gently pungent. Dark chocolate, oak, sage-like herb, spicy, nasturtium-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweetly brisk acidity; light but plush mouthfeel. Sage and a hint of chocolate carry into a crisp finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Sweetly crisp, balanced. Caramel, roasted cacao nib, walnut, wisteria-like flowers, a hint of port wine in aroma and cup. Gently brisk acidity; light, crisply smooth mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around nut, flowers and port wine suggestions in a sweet but lightly drying finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

BeanFruit Coffee Co

Quietly rich, savory/sweet. Dark chocolate, black currant, black sage, blood orange, a black-truffle-like hint in aroma and cup. Plump, deep-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Roundly resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $11.95/12 ounces

Sweetly bright, balanced, classic. Ripe tangerine, apricot, honeysuckle-like flowers, hazelnut, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Delicate, lively acidity; lightly plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a gently tart, richly balanced finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $9.00/8 ounces

Round, very sweet, suavely balanced. Pluot, roasted cacao nib, brown sugar, violet-like flowers in aroma and cup. Round, juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Cacao nib and brown sugar in particular carry into an ongoing sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: March 2015

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Topeca Coffee Roasters Logo

Gently and sweetly tart; classic. Tangerine, rhododendron-like flowers, hazelnut, raisin in aroma and cup. Tart but juicy acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a continued tart yet sweet finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Deep, sweet-toned, balanced. Hazelnut, raspberry, roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and cup. Richly pungent acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Nut and raspberry carry into a sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Dragonfly_Logo_3

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, pungent, cedary. Fudgy dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, peach, hints of wisteria and vanilla in aroma and small cup. Creamy mouthfeel; cedar and chocolate carry into a rather drying finish. Particularly fine in three parts milk, where the chocolate richly dominates, nuanced by continued peach and cedar suggestions.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Crisp, quietly juicy. Orange, roasted cacao nib, caramel, wisteria-like flowers, a brisk hint of peppermint in aroma and cup. Gently bright, fruit-toned acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly an orangy chocolate, saturates a richly drying finish.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Intricate, exhilarating; crisp yet juicy. Honey, roasted cacao nib, tangerine, sandalwood and very complex flowers, particularly rose and jasmine, in aroma and cup. Juicy, gently tart acidity; plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a long, sweet, resonant finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Juicy but brisk, intricate. Honey, orange, mango, lilac-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Rich acidity; smoothly satiny, lively mouthfeel. Flowers and cacao nib in particular saturate a deep, crisply bittersweet finish.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Sweetly pungent, delicately complex. Honey, tangerine, apricot, lilac in aroma and cup. Gently tart, almost effervescent acidity; very light but silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweetly resonant, richly drying finish.

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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

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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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