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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: Oct 2015

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Big, fruit- and floral-toned. Dark chocolate, black cherry, hazelnut, musky lily, a hint of rye whisky in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Lily and chocolate carry into a deep finish.

Review Date: Oct 2015

Price: $20.00/12 ounces

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Mild, spicy, cocoa-toned. Sweet cocoa, raisin, oak, cumin, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Soft, backgrounded acidity; full, densely syrupy mouthfeel. The wood-toned spice notes carry into a sweet finish.

Review Date: Oct 2015

Price: $23.99/12 ounces

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Lightly rich and zesty. Orange zest, almond butter, sweet, honeysuckle-like flowers, a hint of rosemary in aroma and cup. Delicately brisk acidity; light, satiny mouthfeel. Orange and almond carry into a sweet, savory-edged finish.

Review Date: Sep 2015

Price: $51.00/8 ounces

Coffee Review's No. 18 coffee of 2015

Crisply sweet, deeply and exhilaratingly intricate. Orange blossom, ripe raspberry, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Brisk but juicy, complexly nuanced acidity; smooth, satiny mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but resonates in a long, echoing finish.

Review Date: Sep 2015

Price: $15.00/8 ounces

Deep, sweet, pungent. Black currant, mulberry, dark chocolate, blood orange, hints of frankincense and lantana-like flowers in aroma and cup. Balanced, lyric acidity; lightly syrupy, satiny mouthfeel. Deep, resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Aug 2015

Price: $15.00/8 ounces

Delicate, brightly floral, exhilarating. Tangerine, lavender-like flowers, peach, musk in aroma and cup. Sweetly brisk, buoyantly lively acidity; light but very silky mouthfeel. Peach and floral notes in particular carry into a crisp though sweet-toned finish.

Review Date: Jul 2015

Price: $18.99/12 ounces

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Delicate but expressive. Jasmine, lemon verbena, roasted cacao nib, apricot, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Gently brisk, buoyant acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Lemon verbena and cacao nib in particular carry into a gently drying finish.

Review Date: Jul 2015

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Extraordinarily deep, resonant, juicy. Minty dark chocolate, orange marmalade, raspberry, hints of wisteria-like flowers and myrrh in aroma and cup. Vibrant, low-toned acidity; syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. Long, echoing, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Jun 2015

Price: $24.00/16 ounces

Gently bright; discreetly exotic. Honeysuckle, mango, lemon curd, walnut, a hint of myrrh in aroma and cup. Brisk but juicy acidity; light, satiny mouthfeel. Fruit and walnut carry into a crisp, balanced finish.

Review Date: Jun 2015

Price: $18.99/12 ounces

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A fine coffee that is fine in unusual ways. A sweet, fragrant wood note dominates; we associated it most closely with sassafras. In and around it: vanilla, rose-like flowers, musk, a richly tart citrus (candied tangerine?). Tartly juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Vanilla, musk and rose in particular carry into a finish that, as it lengthens, continues to modulate and surprise.

Review Date: Apr 2015

Price: $20.99/12 ounces

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Delicate, soft, yet deeply and originally complex. Cashew, cedar, blackberry, rhododendron-like flowers, a fine hint of moist, fresh-fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Crisp, lightly juicy acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a resonant, sweet-toned, though slightly drying finish.

Review Date: Jan 2015

Price: $45.00/8 ounces

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Profoundly intricate yet balanced, complete. Roasted cacao nib, saffron, jasmine, candied mango, blood orange in aroma and cup. Delicately rich, balanced acidity; silky mouthfeel. Jasmine and saffron in particular carry into a long, resonant finish.

Review Date: Dec 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.

Review Date: Oct 2014

Price: $14.57/16 ounces

Gently roasty; pungent yet balanced. Nut-toned chocolate, cedar, prune, chrysanthemum in aroma and cup. Roast-rounded but rich acidity. Plush mouthfeel. Chocolate carries into a round, rich finish.

Review Date: Sep 2014

Price: $28.00/16 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - #20

Richly and deeply pungent. Honey, blood orange, blackberry, roasted cacao nib, lilac-like flowers, a hint of pungent wood (eucalyptus?) in aroma and cup. Big but gently expressed acidity; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a long, resonant finish.

Review Date: Aug 2014

Price: $35.00/8 ounces

Sweetly and roundly pungent; deep. Dark chocolate, juicy, grape-like fruit, quietly lush flowers, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Round, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a crisp, gently dry, cocoa-toned finish.

Review Date: Jul 2014

Price: $19.00/16 ounces

Soft, subtle, distinctive. Dark chocolate, apricot, tangerine, honeysuckle, a savory hint of mace in aroma and cup. Softly resonant acidity; plush, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a richly sweet short finish that turns mildly drying in the long.

Review Date: Jul 2014

Price: $25.99/12 ounces

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Balanced but extravagantly and exotically aromatic. Minty dark chocolate, lush flowers, fresh-cut cedar, rye whisky, complexly layered fruit – strawberry, mango, guava – in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; full, very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around the chocolate tendency in a resonant finish.

Review Date: Jul 2014

Price: $17.99/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2014 - No. 2

Extraordinarily intense and complexly aromatic coffee. Pungent fruit (grapefruit, black currant); moist pipe tobacco and sweet, freshly turned clay; molasses and chocolate fudge. Round, quietly vibrant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Richly sweet, powerfully flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Jul 2014

Price: $18.99/12 ounces

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Delicately intense; layered complexity. Candied lemon, peach, kiwi, roasted cacao nib, a hint of spice (cardamom, saffron) in aroma and cup. Soft but crisply lively acidity; very silky mouthfeel. Sweet, deeply flavor-saturated finish.