Highest Rated Espressos

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We found 119 espressos that earned an outstanding score of 94 points or higher. The espresso reviews below appear in reverse chronological order by review date. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same espresso.

Review Date: Aug 2019

Price: £40.50/10 capsules

Evaluated as espresso produced as a ristretto 25ml (.85-ounce) shot using a Nespresso capsule espresso brewer with whole milk heated using a conventional steam wand. Distinctly chocolaty, gently and sweetly bright. Baker’s chocolate, sweet lemon zest, almond, rhododendron-like flowers, maple wood in aroma and small cup. Feathery, lightly buoyant mouthfeel; flavor consolidates but rings on in a balanced finish. Crisply sweet in three parts milk: sweet lemon and chocolate, floral hints.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: $21.20/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Exquisitely aromatic: high-toned, savory and impossibly floral. Toffee, dried black currant, myrrh, lavender, fine musk in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; big, complex finish that is equal parts sweet and savory. In cappuccino-scaled milk, a whole new mid-palate is created, something akin to a mushroom custard.

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: Jun 2019

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Amavida Coffee Roasters

Evaluated as espresso. Spice-toned, fruit-forward. Dried raspberry, cinnamon, dark chocolate, almond butter, narcissus in aroma and small cup. Crisp, satiny texture; resonant, flavor-saturated finish. In three parts milk, balanced and chocolaty, with lingering spice notes.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: $18.95/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply chocolaty, richly floral. Chocolate fudge, lilac, peach, fresh-cut cedar, hazelnut butter in aroma and small cup. Crisp, satiny-smooth mouthfeel; the deep, long, resonant finish maintains all of the aroma and flavor notes from the cup. Also profoundly satisfying in three parts milk, with chocolate and florals in a slow dance and fruit returning to the surface in the long finish.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $19.00/200 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Complex, juicy, richly tart. Almond, dark chocolate, guava, tangerine zest, star jasmine in aroma and small cup. Light, very silky mouthfeel; chocolate, fruit and flowers all carry into a cleanly sweet, delicately drying finish. Flavor-saturated in three parts milk: almond, chocolate, guava, flowers all resonate in rich, custardy balance.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $360/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Graceful, complex, balanced. Pomegranate, dark chocolate, jasmine, pink peppercorn, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Plush, satiny mouthfeel; crisp, spiced-toned, chocolaty finish. In three parts milk, notes of dark chocolate and deep jasmine resonate, with pleasing undertones of aromatic wood.

Review Date: Mar 2019

Price: $17.99/12 ounces

Red Rooster Coffee Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Dark chocolate, tangerine zest, black cherry, cedar, violet in aroma and small cup. Viscous, satiny mouthfeel; crisply sweet-tart finish. Chocolate and citrus zest are pleasingly amplified in three parts milk, with notes of black cherry and violet-like flowers carrying into the long finish.

Review Date: Feb 2019

Price: $22.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Evaluated as espresso. Floral-toned, sweetly roast-deep. Frangipane, chocolate fudge, black currant, jasmine, gently scorched cedar in aroma and small cup. Velvety-smooth mouthfeel; the rich, resonant finish centers around notes of black currant and jasmine with with hints of salted fudge. In three parts milk, chocolate and floral tones bloom richly, and black currant deepens.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: NT $300/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Richly floral-toned, elegant, balanced. Watermelon, pink grapefruit zest, Nutella, sandalwood, tiger lily in aroma and small cup. Syrupy-smooth mouthfeel; long, flavor-saturated finish. Sweet cocoa and hazelnut tones are elevated in three parts milk, with continuing floral resonance.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: $14.45/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters - No. 6 Coffee of 2018

Evaluated as espresso. Luminous, complexly layered, impossibly rich. Caramelized pineapple, tamarind, star jasmine, chocolate fudge, myrrh in aroma and small cup. Creamy, vivacious mouthfeel; long, flavor-saturated finish. Close to otherworldly in three parts milk: All the notes from the cup harmonize, and new notes surface: suggestions of lychee, pink grapefruit zest, marjoram.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: NT $1400/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, rich-toned, floral. Jasmine, vanilla, pink grapefruit zest, cedar, dark chocolate in aroma and small cup. Delicate, lively mouthfeel; long, flavor-saturated finish. In cappuccino-scaled milk, notes of jasmine and vanilla take center stage, supported by dark chocolate.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: NT $1500/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply and richly sweet-savory. Blackberry, roasted cacao nib, tamarind, sandalwood, pistachio in aroma and small cup. Crisp but velvety-smooth mouthfeel; rich, resonant, flavor-laden finish. Berry and cocoa notes lead in cappuccino-scaled milk, followed by an intriguing hint of sandalwood.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: $18.75/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffee of 2018 - No. 15

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, balanced, floral-toned. Dried jasmine, Concord grape, fine musk, mango, tangerine zest in aroma and small cup. Lively, silky-smooth mouthfeel; resonant, flavor-saturated finish. In cappuccino-scaled milk, jasmine and mango notes are further amplified, deepened by pungent musk underneath.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Elegantly fruit-toned and floral. Dried apricot, lychee, sandalwood, cashew butter, honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Plush, creamy mouthfeel; rich, resonant finish driven predominantly by notes of dried apricot and sandalwood. In three parts milk, an intriguing marjoram-like note surfaces, along with notes of deep fruit, aromatic wood, and a distinct sweet floral.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: NT $275/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Chocolaty, floral-toned. Plumeria, baker’s chocolate, tangerine zest, fresh-cut cedar, tamarind in aroma and small cup. Crisp, syrupy mouthfeel; sweetly tart finish with notes of tamarind and baker’s chocolate. In three parts milk, rich chocolate tones provide ballast for tart tamarind, and plumeria notes elevate the whole with pervasive sweetness.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: NT $240/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. High-toned, richly sweet. Narcissus, dark chocolate, dried apricot, roasted hazelnut, pink grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Crisp, lively mouthfeel; resonant finish that consolidates to pink grapefruit zest and narcissus. In cappuccino-scaled milk, dark chocolate blooms in harmony with deep florals and hints of dried stone fruit.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: NT $400/225 gram

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly and deeply tart, floral and chocolaty. Passion fruit, dark chocolate, cedar, lilac, myrrh in aroma and small cup. Syrupy though rather dry in the mouthfeel; richly tart in the finish. Remains bright in three parts milk: chocolate, cedar and flowers.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $19.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet, richly floral-toned. Lavender, dark chocolate, red currant, almond butter, pink grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Delicate, viscous mouthfeel; richly drying finish centers around notes of tart fruit, dark chocolate and bittersweet, lavender-like flowers. Chocolaty and floral in three parts milk, with ongoing tart-fruit notes as well.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $17.75/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, floral, spice-toned. Spearmint, black cherry, cedar, tangerine zest, plumeria-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Plush and buttery in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates to cocoa-toned citrus in a resonant finish. In three parts milk, an elegant cocoa surfaces, with supporting notes of sweet flowers and a hint of pungent cedar.