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We found 146 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: Jun 2019

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. High-toned, sweetly tart; Bing cherry, dark chocolate, tangerine zest, honeysuckle, a hint of fine pipe tobacco in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel; earthy-sweet finish. In cappuccino-scaled milk, dark chocolate is amplified, as are deep florals, while tart fruit notes round.

Review Date: Mar 2019

Price: $12.00/8 ounces

Richly sweet, spice-toned. Star jasmine, mango chutney, sandalwood, cacao nib, pink peppercorn in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with crisp acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. A richly drying finish leads with notes of jasmine and mango, supported by hints of incense-like sandalwood.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Crisply sweet, rich-toned. Baker’s chocolate, Bing cherry, hibiscus, oak, molasses in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet structure with pert acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. Hibiscus and molasses lead the gently drying finish, with chocolate and oak resurfacing in the long.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: $22.00/eight 5-gram tubes

Evaluated at proportions of 5 grams of instant coffee powder mixed with 8.5 ounces (250 ml) of hot water. Simple, balanced. Prominent cocoa, cedar, orange zest, a faint hint of flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with a shadow of salt. Lightly syrupy in mouthfeel. Flavor holds, particularly cocoa, in the short finish, though a faintly salty wood prevails in the long.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly fruit-toned, balanced. Blackberry, baker’s chocolate, hazelnut butter, honey, oak in aroma and small cup. Satiny-smooth mouthfeel; crisp, resonant finish. In cappuccino-scaled milk, chocolate tones are foregrounded, supported by berry and hazelnut.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $20.00/12 ounces

Crisp, delicate, sweetly herbaceous. Roasted cacao nib, lemon verbena, almond brittle, date, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with bright, citrusy acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The resonant finish is crisply sweet and richly drying, with notes of lemon verbena and cocoa nib.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $20.00/12 ounces

Balanced, richly sweet. Black cherry, molasses, cedar, baker’s chocolate, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with brisk acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. Notes of baker’s chocolate and molasses frame the short finish, while cedar and lily re-emerge in the gently drying long.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $12.00/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Vibrant and engaging; richly sweet-tart. Pomegranate, dark chocolate, blood orange zest, narcissus, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp, resonant finish. In three parts milk, both chocolate and floral tones bloom, supported by hints of spicy citrus zest and aromatic wood notes.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $12.00/8 ounces

Sweetly and gently tart. Lavender, brown sugar, lemon zest, honeydew melon, fresh pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Delicately sweet-tart and juicy in structure; lightly syrupy in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but rings on in a resonant finish.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $12.00/8 ounces

Sweet yet zesty, vivacious. Honey, peach, ripe lime zest, black tea, a hint of parsley in aroma and cup. Sweetly brisk, lively in structure; light but satiny mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around floral honey and peach in a crisply sweet-toned finish.

Review Date: Jul 2018

Price: $84.00/24 12-ounces bottles

A ready-to-drink bottled black coffee tested over ice. Crisp, rich, caramel-toned. Caramel, lemon zest, date, hazelnut, oak. Balanced structure with briskly sweet acidity; feathery-smooth mouthfeel. The finish is deeply sweet, richly caramelly, with hints of lemon zest and hazelnut. The addition of whole milk elevates caramel, already front and center, to dessert-like dominance.

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.