SF Bay Area, CA Coffee Reviews

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We found 110 reviews of coffees and espressos roasted in greater SF Bay Area, 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: May 2018

Price: $22.50/12 ounces

Crisp, delicately sweet. Baker’s chocolate, violet-like flowers, papaya, macadamia nut, molasses in aroma and cup. Balanced, bittersweet structure; impressively buoyant, velvety mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish consolidates around notes of violet and papaya with a throughline of molasses-like sweetness.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $20.00/12 ounces

High-toned, richly sweet-savory. Mango, honey, lemongrass, oak, narcissus in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory structure with lively acidity; crisp though velvety mouthfeel. The sweetly herb-toned finish is redolent of lemongrass, supported by mango, honey and a hint of oak.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $30.50/4 ounces

Intensely rich, sweetly savory. Dried raspberry, aged rum, paprika, pipe tobacco, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure with gentle acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish fulfills the promise of the cup, carrying over each of the distinct fruit, earth, spice and chocolate notes, together with a hint of sweet ferment suggesting aged rum.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Balanced and bright with a savory, root-vegetable depth. Lemon verbena, ripe orange zest, roasted cacao nib, rhododendron, a hint of brothy cooked root vegetables in aroma and cup. Structure is quietly sweet/tart with a savory edge; the mouthfeel round, syrupy and full. The finish is richly drying, consolidating around cacao nib and a ripe zesty orange.

Review Date: Dec 2017

Price: $37.00/4 ounces

Spice-toned, richly sweet. Raspberry, dark chocolate, hazelnut, gardenia, bergamot in aroma and cup. Sweet, fruit-forward structure; full, satiny mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish is characterized by notes of rich chocolate with berry and bittersweet citrus complications.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $12.99/8 ounces

Delicate, balanced, sweetly savory. Apricot, dark caramel, fresh oak, oregano, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish is flavor-saturated in the short, consolidating around apricot and caramel, with undertones of spicy oak, in the long.

Review Date: Oct 2017

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Balanced, crisply sweet-tart. Lemongrass, cardamom, cocoa powder, rhododendron-like flowers, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. The structure fuses sweet, tart and savory tendencies, enlivened by a quietly juicy acidity. Buoyant, satiny mouthfeel. The crisp finish is richly sweet, with notes of lemongrass and vanilla-like florals carrying into the long.

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: $29.99/12 ounces

No. 27 Coffee of 2017

Roast-encapsulated complexity; sweetly and exhilaratingly pungent.
Richly scorched cedar, rose-like flowers, orange zest, black sage, a hint of cocoa-ish chocolate in aroma and cup. Bittersweet but zesty in structure; light though plush mouthfeel. Flowers and cocoa in particular carry into a roasty but cleanly sweet-toned finish.

Review Date: Aug 2017

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Wood-framed, spice- and flower-toned. Brazil nut, wisteria, pink peppercorn, dark chocolate, lightly scorched fir in aroma and cup. In structure sweet, with a salty/savory edge. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Pleasantly drying in the finish, with a rich aromatic wood supporting nutty chocolate and floral suggestions.

Review Date: Jun 2017

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Delicate, crisply sweet. Jasmine, cedar, pink grapefruit zest, mango, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Round, gentle acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The sweetly savory finish is carried by cocoa-toned floral notes with hints of citrus zest.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: $19.99/12 ounces

Very sweet; quietly layered complexity. Dried jasmine, alcohol-toned raspberry, roasted cacao nib, scorched oak, grapefruit zest in aroma and cup. Light-footed, delicate acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Floral and raspberry notes carry into a rather dry, roast-dominated finish.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Top 30: No. 18 Coffee of 2017

Complexly structured; tart, sweet-savory, balanced. Mango, cedar, molasses, fresh pipe tobacco, grapefruit zest in aroma and cup. Gently crisp acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Tobacco, cedar and the mango-like fruit carry into a quiet finish.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $10.00/8 ounces

Richly savory, sweetly herb-toned. Honey, rosemary flower, baker’s chocolate, black currant, almond in aroma and cup. Juicy, vibrant acidity; delicate, velvety mouthfeel. Savory-sweet notes of almond and rosemary flower carry the richly drying, resonant finish.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Bold, pungently sweet-toned. Salted caramel, oak, dried apricot, lime zest, a hint of narcissus in aroma and cup. Round, backgrounded acidity; syrupy though dry mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of dark chocolate and dried apricot in the short and gently drying aromatic wood in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $17.00/250 grams

Delicate, vibrantly sweet. Hibiscus, roasted cocoa nib, dried mulberry, frankincense, candied orange zest in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy-tart acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. Rich-toned, layered finish: dried mulberry notes in the short, cocoa-toned hibiscus in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $18.00/250 grams

Fruit-forward, spicy-sweet. Ripe peach, pink peppercorn, lilac, chocolate fudge, almond in aroma and cup. Gentle, round acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The sweet-toned finish is resonantly floral-toned, with supporting notes of stone fruit and chocolate.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Delicate, deeply sweet. Baker’s chocolate, magnolia, peach, black peppercorn, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Gentle, rounded acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The richly drying finish consolidates to baker’s chocolate and peach.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Richly and sweetly pungent. Concord grape, roasted cacao nib, cedar, hazelnut, lemon blossom in aroma and cup. Brisk, lightly juicy acidity; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. The crisp, nut-toned finish leads with Concord grape notes in the short and cedar in the long, with hazelnut throughout.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $18.00/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Of three reviewers, John DiRuocco (95) most admired this crisp, floral-toned espresso: “complex and complete … floral, red fruit and stone fruit flavors … the body … light but sufficient, the finish clean and resonating.” Jen Apodaca (89) was considerably less enthusiastic and more terse: “There was a lot going on in this espresso … it finished like a dry red cabernet.” For Ken (91) this coffee represented a certain style of dried-in-the-fruit coffee: bittersweet, intriguingly anise- and lavender-toned, yet not quite sweet and fat enough for him.

Review Date: Aug 2016

Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Crisply sweet, complex. Vanilla, grapefruit zest, roasted cacao nib, jasmine, pomegranate in aroma and cup. Zesty, sweet-tart acidity; honey-like mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is brisk with notes of pomegranate and grapefruit zest in the short, rounding to cacao nib in the long.