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We found 130 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: Jul 2019

Price: $30.00/12 ounces

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Rich-toned, deeply floral. Honeysuckle, nectarine, pink peppercorn, oak, Meyer lemon zest in aroma and cup. Vibrantly sweet-tart structure with juicy acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. Spice-toned finish with pretty floral and citrus notes.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: $20.00/12 ounces

Juicy, bright, deeply and richly sweet. Dried strawberry, toffee, lilac, myrrh, maple syrup in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with vivacious acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of strawberry and toffee.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $40.00/8 ounces

Cleanly fruit-toned, richly sweet-tart. Raspberry, freesia, oak, pistachio, cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with gentle, rounded acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. Raspberry and freesia notes animate the elegant, crisply sweet finish.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $60.00/8 ounces

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Elaborate, vibrant, exhilarating. Dark chocolate truffle, strawberry guava, candied ginger, lilac, myrrh in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-tart structure with bright, succulent acidity; very syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is zesty in the short and cocoa- and floral-toned in the long.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

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Richly bittersweet with pleasing savory undertones. Milk chocolate, hop flowers, apricot, narcissus, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet structure with brisk acidity; plush, satiny mouthfeel. Crisp, resonant finish with notes of milk chocolate and hop flowers.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Richly fruit-toned, musky sweet. Raspberry jam, fine musk, apple brandy, hop flowers, almond in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-tart-savory in structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp, resonant finish with raspberry, brandy and hops carrying into the long.

Review Date: Mar 2019

Price: $23.50/12 ounces

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Bright, juicy, sweetly and seductively tart. Blood orange zest, dried raspberry, ginger blossom, cocoa powder, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-tart structure with crisp, vibrant acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Citrus zest and dried berry notes bookend the cocoa-toned finish.

Review Date: Mar 2019

Price: $100/200 grams

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Delicate yet deep, crisply floral- and fruit-toned. Orange zest, black currant, cacao nib, fresh-cut fir, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Sweetly brisk in structure; buoyant and satiny in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but sustains in a sweet, richly drying finish.

Review Date: Jan 2019

Price: $60.00/8 ounces

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Wild, unruly, utterly brilliant and original. Intensely and intricately floral-toned: opulent lily through delicate violet with a shifting bouquet of possibilities between. At the heart of aroma and flavor is a cidery, brandyish compote of fruit–apple, passion fruit, lychee–rounded by a fine, cocoa-toned chocolate. The structure is shifty, simultaneously sweet, crisply bitterish and tart, the mouthfeel plump and syrupy. The finish rings on with continuing layers of fruit, flowers, cocoa and coconut.

Review Date: Dec 2018

Price: $45.00/8 ounces

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Crisply floral and sweetly herb-toned. Dark chocolate, lavender, dried pear, tangerine zest, frankincense in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with lively, expansive acidity; crisp, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to pretty notes of lavender and dark chocolate, with a hint of tangerine zest.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $26.00/12 ounces

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Spice-toned, deep, resonant. Dried persimmon, perique (fermented) tobacco, cinnamon, dark chocolate, gardenia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with engagingly citrusy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish leads with dried persimmon and dark chocolate, followed by pipe tobacco and cinnamon.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: #23.00/12 ounces

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Delicate, sweetly tart. Lemon drop, roasted cacao nib, pink peppercorn, almond, orange zest in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of lemon drop and cocoa, with a hint of pink peppercorn.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $21.00/12 ounces

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Complexly layered with sweet-savory depth. Wisteria, hop flowers, candied grapefruit zest, black cherry, pistachio butter in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory structure with gentle, rounded acidity; viscous, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish is a mirror of the cup, carrying through on the coffee’s savory-sweet resonance.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Sweetly herbaceous, richly cocoa-toned. Baker’s chocolate, lemon verbena, toffee, allspice, hazelnut in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with brisk acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The finish leads with lemon verbena and toffee in the short, segueing to spice-toned chocolate and hazelnut in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Richly sweet, fruit-toned. Dried apricot, roasted cacao nib, agave syrup, cedar, magnolia in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with gentle, rounded acidity; crisp, satiny-smooth mouthfeel. Finish consolidates to notes of dried apricot and cocoa-toned cedar.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $4.65/8.4-ounce can

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.