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We found 115 reviews of coffees and espressos roasted in greater San Diego, CA. These coffee reviews and espresso reviews are listed in reverse chronological order by review date. Older coffee reviews and espresso reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffees.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $4.65/8.4-ounce can

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A ready-to-drink bottled black coffee tested over ice. Sweetly brisk yet juicy; original. Flavor notes of crisp, fruit-toned cocoa, fresh-cut cedar, raspberry, passionfruit, violet-like flowers. Satiny, lively mouthfeel. Long finish resonating with cedar, fruit and flowers. Whole milk turns the cedar toward almond, the cocoa toward full-on chocolate, the tart fruit jammy.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

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Crisp, deeply resonant, classic. Dried rose and lavender, cherry, roasted pistachio, a hint of marjoram in aroma and cup. The structure is sweet-tart with a savory bottom; syrupy and full in mouthfeel. Pistachio and flowers carry into a long, deep, perfumy finish.

Review Date: Jul 2018

Price: $3.99/12-ounce can

A ready-to-drink bottled black coffee tested over ice. Briskly vivacious and intricate. Complex berry notes (blueberry, strawberry), almond, sandalwood, lilac-like flowers. Sweetly bright in structure; full and lightly syrupy in mouthfeel. Flavor persists without loss of distinction with added whole milk. A nitro (nitrogenated) version of this blend displayed a livelier mouthfeel though somewhat less clearly articulated flavor.

Review Date: Jul 2018

Price: $5.00/12-ounce can

A ready-to-drink bottled black coffee tested over ice. Brisk, bittersweet, lively. Apricot, roasted cacao nib, walnut, blood orange zest, a hint of tea rose. Tart-sweet in structure with a bracing bitter edge; satiny in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around hints of apricot and walnut in a drying finish. Stands up to added whole milk with very little change in its defiantly brisk character and zesty array of flavor notes.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, brightly tart. Dark chocolate, lily-like flowers, blood orange zest, peach, cedar in aroma and small cup. Punchy, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp, cocoa-toned finish with lasting notes of citrus zest. In three-parts milk, the sweet-tartness of the shot carries through, bringing dark chocolate along for the ride.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $51.00/8 ounces

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Lush, high-toned, richly sweet. Apricot, bergamot zest, nougat, sandalwood, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet in structure, with juicy, bright acidity; plump, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is seemingly eternal, resonant with all the flavor notes from the cup: stone fruit, citrus zest, nutty caramel, aromatic wood and sweet florals.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Fruit-forward, delicate yet intense. Complex flowers (lily to lavendar), sandalwood, dark chocolate, plum, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Roundly and deeply crisp in structure; lightly satiny in mouthfeel. The finish is resonant and sweet with chocolate and a continuing hint of brandy.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $23.00/12 ounces

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Integrated, floral- and sweetly earth-toned. Lavender, perique pipe tobacco, tangerine zest, apricot, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure; syrupy-smooth body. The short finish is resonant with spicy floral and stone fruit notes and the long is earthy sweet, redolent of fine pipe tobacco.

Review Date: Jan 2018

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Crisply sweet, spice-toned. Dried papaya, caramel, tangerine zest, pink-peppercorn, vanilla in aroma and cup. High-toned, sweetly tart in structure with juicy, bright acidity; lean, though satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The resonant, richly drying finish is laden with sweet notes of caramel and papaya in the short, turning more savory-leaning in the long, with hints of pink peppercorn wrapped in vanilla.

Review Date: Jan 2018

Price: $51.00/8 ounces

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Resonantly bright, floral-toned. Jasmine, frankincense, cardamom, toffee, apricot in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly tart structure with juicy acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The deep, flavor-saturated finish leads with caramel-toned apricot in the short, with rich florals resurfacing in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Sweetly savory, layered. Rhododendron-like flowers, cinnamon, baker’s chocolate, cedar, red currant in aroma and cup. Round, savory-leaning structure; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The quiet finish centers on notes of vanilla-like florals and baker’s chocolate, with a hint of cinnamon.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $25.00/12 ounces

Top 30: Coffee No. 16 of 2017

High-toned, richly sweet. Strawberry guava, roasted cacao nib, lime zest, jasmine, almond in aroma and cup. Sweetly-tart structure with juicy, balanced acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is long and resonant, with lime zest and strawberry guava in the short, rounding to cocoa-toned jasmine in the deeply sweet long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $51.00/8 ounces

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Delicate and confident, sweetly spice-toned. Dried coconut, frankincense, baker’s chocolate, tea rose, tamarind in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory and balanced in structure; buoyant, silky-smooth mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of chocolate and frankincense in the short, lifting to sweet-tart tamarind and coconut in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $18.00/8 ounces

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Fruit-forward, richly chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, Concord grape, peach brandy, Graham cracker, aromatic orchid in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart, fruit-toned in structure; satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish fulfills the promise of the cup, with resonant notes of fruit and chocolate throughout.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, subtle, balanced. Roasted cacao nib, clover flowers, molasses, cedar, orange zest in aroma and small cup. Satiny-smooth body; sweetly nut-toned finish. In three parts milk, floral and cocoa tones bloom in the short, while hints of bright orange zest resurface in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Crisply sweet-tart, fruit-toned. Notes of cascara (dried coffee cherry), lemon verbena, honeysuckle-like flowers, dark chocolate, black peppercorn in aroma and cup. In structure crisp but almost candy-like sweet and deeply fruit-forward; syrupy mouthfeel. The finish, long, resonant and consistent, foregrounds the sweet herbaceous notes, both lemon verbena and cascara, wrapped in dark chocolate.

Review Date: Aug 2017

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

: Richly pungent, low-toned but floral and chocolaty. Lush, complex flowers, baker’s chocolate, dried raspberry, smoky sandalwood, a hint of black pepper in aroma and cup. Bittersweet and savory in structure; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp flowers and chocolate carry into a drying finish.

Review Date: Jun 2017

Price: $35.00/12 ounces

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Sweetly tart, floral-toned. Lavender, passionfruit, roasted cacao nib, almond brittle, allspice in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish is deep with cocoa- and spice-toned floral notes in the resonant short and perhaps a hint of sweet, grappa-like ferment in the long.

Review Date: Jun 2017

Price: NA

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Exuberant, delicately spice-toned. Sandalwood, roasted cacao nib, strawberry, roasted almond, tea rose in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy, intensely floral-toned acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The flavorful finish leads with notes of cacao nib and strawberry in the short, consolidating to sandalwood and rose in an impressively ringing, persistent long.

Review Date: Jun 2017

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Balanced, classic in structure. Baker’s chocolate, cedar, dried fig, magnolia, tangerine zest in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet, gentle acidity; round, plush mouthfeel. In the deeply rich finish, the flavor consolidates to notes of cocoa-toned fig with a hint of tangerine zest.