Espresso Reviews

We have published hundreds of espresso reviews since 1997. The reviews below appear in reverse chronological order. You may refine your search by key word or category using links to the right. Older espresso reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee.

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: $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: NTD$ 1600 / 16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, deep, complexly expressed. Fresh-cut cedar, blood orange, roasted cocoa nib, lavender, musk in aroma and cup. Plush, silky mouthfeel. Cedar and lavender carry into a sweet, gently drying finish. Flavor carries impressively into three parts milk, with a crisp, lightly stated chocolate dominating and a fine finish.

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Review Date: October 2014

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Evaluated as espresso. Exhilarating and richly complex. Chocolate fudge, deeply sweet fruit (black cherry, pineapple, mango), narcissus-like flowers, vanilla and myrrh in aroma and small-cup. Soft and silky-smooth mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate, pungent florals and intensely rich aromatic wood tones carry into a deeply resonant finish. Flavor maintains balance and intricacy in three parts milk, with rich chocolate and ripe fruit predominating.

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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: August 2014

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Klatch Coffee Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Complexly structured: quite sweet with a tart and bitterish balance. Honey, tangerine, dark chocolate, hints of flowers and apricot in aroma and small cup. Full, buttery mouthfeel. The short finish is sweet and gently flavor saturated; the long turns richly drying. Pronounced presence in milk: fat-bodied, chocolaty, with a hint of flowers.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: TWD $700/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, dry and cocoa-toned. Chocolate, plum, orange in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a drying, roast-toned finish. In three parts milk delicately chocolate with hints of plum and flowers.

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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: August 2014

Price: $29.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Richly chocolaty, complex. Dark chocolate, cedar, orange, hints of flowers and leather in aroma and small cup. Full, velvety mouthfeel; chocolate and orange carry into a sweet but quite drying finish. In three parts milk the chocolate triumphs, big and deep, nicely nuanced with hints of cedar and orange.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: NA

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly crisp; complex. Butter, peach, cedar, lemon zest, a hint of honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Smoothly plush, lively mouthfeel; flavor settles toward chocolate in a balanced finish. Delicate and lively in three parts milk: caramelly chocolate, peach, flowers.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: NA

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet-toned, rich, complex. Cedar, orangy citrus, caramel, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; flavor consolidates in a sweet-toned finish. The chocolate blooms impressively in three parts milk, nicely supported by cedar and orange notes and a continuing hint of flowers.

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Review Date: August 2014

Price: NA

Evaluated as espresso. Richly assertive in aroma and small cup: dark chocolate, vanilla, apricot, a savory hint of thyme. Full mouthfeel; flavor consolidates in a richly drying finish. Apricot and dry chocolate notes in particular carry into three parts milk.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $19.95/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Brisk, bright, citrusy. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus, rounded and sweetened by a background chocolate and a hint of flowers in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a richly tart though smooth finish. Continued bright and citrusy in three parts milk: a vivacious lemony chocolate, slightly drying.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $15.00/16 ounces

CQ Coffee Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Richly fruit-toned, roundly bright. Cantaloupe, apricot, buttery dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, a hint of honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; flowers carry into a crisp finish. Rather bright and dry in three parts milk but impressively nuanced: chocolate, apricot, cedar, all lingering in an impressively long, sweet finish.

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Review Date: July 2014

Price: $12.75/12 ounces

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: $14.95/12 ounces

Paradise Roaster Logo

A slightly rough, but profoundly sweet and quite chocolaty cup. Brown sugar, dark chocolate, hints of lily, green grape and peach in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded acidity; lightly but distinctly syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, long, chocolate-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: $10.75/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, syrupy. Buttery dark chocolate, lush night-blooming flowers, tangerine, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly flowers, saturates a sweet finish. In three parts milk, flavor consolidates around a crisp, flower-and-fruit-nuanced chocolate.

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Review Date: June 2014

Price: $16.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, deep, sweet. Dark chocolate, apricot, tangerine, juniper berry and musk in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy, rich-toned mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around cocoa and juniper hints in a crisp finish. Lightly tart and rounded in three parts milk, with excellent flavor continuity and saturation.

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Review Date: June 2014

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Intense, brightly sweet, deep. Honey, lilac, complex fruit (blood orange, mango, passion fruit), roasted cacao nib in aroma and small cup. Very smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a tartly drying but very sweet finish. Three parts milk rounds the cacao-nib and fruit to a rich, fruit-saturated chocolate.

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