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: March 2015

Price: NTD $500/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, richly sweet. Chocolate fudge, mango, wisteria, vanilla in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is crisply dry; flavor consolidates as a cedar-toned chocolate. Richly chocolaty in three-parts milk with continued hints of fruit and flowers.

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Review Date: February 2015

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

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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: $20.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly pungent, chocolate- and nut-toned. Chocolate, hazelnut, fresh-cut fir, orange, raisin in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; orange and chocolate in particular carry into a richly drying finish. Excellent in three-parts milk, where the chocolate amplifies and the hazelnut takes on a vanilla-like sweetness.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $20.00/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Chocolaty, deep. Dark chocolate, lively fresh-cut cedar, anise, musky flowers in aroma and small cup. Full though drying mouthfeel; crisply chocolate-toned, resonant finish. Chocolate carries nicely into three parts milk, turning nutty and buttery with continued cedar and musk complications.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply and richly sweet, balanced. Dark chocolate, plum, fresh-cut cedar, a hint of lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. A round, resonant short finish turns a bit drying in the long. Chocolate, cedar and a hint of plum carry with crisp authority into three parts milk.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: NT$290/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, sweetly pungent, quietly complex. Dark chocolate, tangerine, rich-toned cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp finish. Fills out three parts milk nicely, with fat mouthfeel and good persistence of chocolate, cedar and tangerine notes.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Sweet, pungent but balanced. Buttery dark chocolate, candied blood orange, apricot, deep-toned narcissus-like flowers. Full, fudgy mouthfeel; chocolate and a hint of flowers carry into a richly drying finish. Blooms nicely in three parts milk, which sweetens and softens the chocolate without dampening the fine fruit and floral complication.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Smooth, balanced. Caramel, roasted cacao-nib, honeysuckle-like flowers, apricot, star anise in aroma and small cup. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; quiet, very sweet finish. In three parts milk a gently caramelly chocolate dominates, with hints of star anise and apricot.

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Review Date: January 2015

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, round, balanced; quietly chocolate- and fruit-toned. Cherry, blood orange, dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Silky, lively mouthfeel; distinct chocolate carries into a rich though drying finish. A crisply dry, minty chocolate dominates in three parts milk.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Zesty and rich-toned. Cocoa, orange-zest, apricot, night flowers, cumin and licorice in aroma and small cup. Smooth and lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Richly drying finish with prominent notes of licorice and cumin. Quietly resonant and still zesty in three-parts milk.

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Review Date: December 2014

Price: TWD $400 / 225 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Pungently sweet; balanced. Dark chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, carnal lily, musk, a hint of vanilla in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; chocolate, flowers and musk carry into a sweet finish. A crisp version of the chocolate dominates in three parts milk, complicated by continuing hints of lily and cedar.

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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: $12.95/12 ounces

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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

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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

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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

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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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