Highest Rated Espressos

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We found 93 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: Mar 2017

Price: NT $450/16 ounces

No. 11 coffee of 2017

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply floral, chocolate-toned. Wisteria-like flowers, ripe passion fruit, dark chocolate, blood orange zest, frankincense in aroma and small cup. Lively, silky-smooth mouthfeel; resonant, flavor-saturated finish. In three parts milk, the floral and chocolate notes are particularly amplified in harmonious balance.

Review Date: Jan 2017

Price: NT $1500/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, deeply sweet, complex. Sandalwood, lychee, orange zest, narcissus, cumin in aroma and small cup. Full, creamy mouthfeel; floral-toned, chocolaty finish. Elegantly rich in three parts milk: sandalwood and lychee in the short finish and cocoa-toned floral notes with a hint of spice in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: RMB $100.00/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Intensely sweet, richly tart. Dried apricot, grapefruit zest, dark chocolate, lilac-like flowers, tamarind in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. The focused finish is concentrated around dried apricot and tamarind in the short and dark chocolate in the long. In three parts milk, the chocolate notes bloom alongside sweetly tart hints of tamarind.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: NT $1000/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply rich, intricately aromatic. Sandalwood, tangerine zest, baker’s chocolate, ripe plum, wisteria in aroma and small cup. Delicate, silky mouthfeel; floral-toned, zesty, slightly drying finish. Softens and blooms with vast, flavor-saturated elegance in three parts milk: chocolate, plum, flowers, more.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: NT $1400/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly rich, chocolaty. Chocolate fudge, myrrh, sandalwood, frangipane, lavender in aroma and small cup. Full, fudge-like body. The lavender- and sandalwood-inflected finish is also deeply chocolaty, resonant and sweet. Sweet and savory are enticingly balanced in three parts milk.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: NT $1300/16 ounces

Simon Hsieh: No. 25 Coffee of 2016

Evaluated as espresso. Exuberant, vibrantly composed. Buttery chocolate, wisteria, blood orange zest, almond, pineapple guava in aroma and small cup. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The rich finish is flower-forward and chocolaty, precise in its clarity. It continues to impress in three parts milk, which further sweetens the chocolate notes and rounds the bright fruit tones.

Review Date: Oct 2016

Price: AUD $16.00/250 grams

No. 18 Coffee of 2016: Campos Coffee Blade Runner

Evaluated as espresso. Lively, complex, deeply expressive. Red currant, wisteria, hazelnut butter, lemon zest, chocolate fudge in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel; crisp cocoa- and citrus-toned finish. Chocolate fudge leads in three parts milk, complicated by continued floral resonance.

Review Date: Oct 2016

Price: NT $2616/227 grams

No. 16 Coffee of 2016: Creation Ninety Plus Silvia

Evaluated as espresso. Extravagant, intricate, yet balanced. Strawberry guava, tangerine zest, lilac-like flowers, sandalwood, roasted cacao nib in aroma and small cup. Velvety and honeyish in mouthfeel. Deeply fruit-toned and sweet in the finish. Superb in three-parts milk: juicy, fruit-toned, chocolaty.

Review Date: Oct 2016

Price: NT $1156/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Dynamic yet balanced. Jasmine, chocolate, banana, tangerine zest, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Lightly full, velvety mouthfeel; clean, round finish. Floral top notes shimmer atop deeply rich chocolate in three parts milk.

Review Date: Jun 2016

Price: $16.80/12 ounces

No. 2 Coffee of 2016: Deri Kochoha Espresso by JBC Coffee

Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, exotic, profoundly floral. Star jasmine, tamarind, saffron, bittersweet orange blossom, dark chocolate in aroma and small cup. Sumptuous, levitating mouthfeel. Bittersweet, citrus-driven short finish; dark chocolate enveloped in jasmine in the resonant long, with waves of saffron notes best described as umami-floral. Maintains its nuance in three parts milk, where dark chocolate and saffron round and deepen.

Review Date: Apr 2016

Price: $17.80/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Floral-toned, sweetly rich. Mango, wisteria, myrrh, roasted cacao nib in aroma and small cup. Tart, very silky mouthfeel. Tartly sweet short finish; almond and myrrh carry into a richly drying long. Mango dominates, complicated by sweet nut suggestions, in three parts milk.

Review Date: Mar 2016

Price: $16.99/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly tart, richly floral. Wisteria, saffron, pink grapefruit, dark chocolate, almond in aroma and small cup. Rich, lightly syrupy body. Resonant, flavor-saturated finish with chocolate suggestions in the short and saffron in the long. Remains chocolaty and floral-toned in three parts milk.

Review Date: Mar 2016

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Sweetly pungent, chocolate toned. Blood orange, sandalwood, jasmine, dark chocolate, almond paste in aroma and small cup. Silky mouthfeel; nut and fruit notes persist in the finish. Fills out three parts milk with a complex range of chocolate, fruit and nut suggestions.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Lushly but resonantly bright; juicy. Complex fruit (mango, guava, tangerine), dark chocolate, sandalwood, jasmine in aroma and small cup. Silky mouthfeel; crisp, deeply flavor-saturated finish. Maintains its complexity into three parts milk, untamed and fruit-forward.

Review Date: Feb 2016

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

No. 12 Coffee of 2016: JBC El Aguila Pacamara Espresso

Evaluated as espresso. Lush yet deeply savory; original. Honey, dark chocolate, roasted pine nut, horned melon, wisteria in aroma and small-cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Fruit and flowers carry into a resonant short finish that turns richly drying in the long. Fills out milk with a complexly savory-sweet chocolate and peach- and melon-toned fruit.

Review Date: Jan 2016

Price: NT $2800/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, juicy, tropical. Pineapple, passion fruit, rose-like flowers, musk, a backgrounded dark chocolate in aroma and small cup. Satiny mouthfeel. Chocolate and tart fruit carry into a richly drying finish. Crisp, still juicy, and deeply and subtly nuanced in three parts milk.

Review Date: Dec 2015

Price: $22.50/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Striking and original: chocolaty yet richly tart. Dark chocolate, strawberry guava, sweet grapefruit, honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Velvety, juicy mouthfeel; fruit and chocolate carry into a deep, drying finish. Carries its complexity into three parts milk, where the fruit rounds a bit and the fudgy chocolate intensifies.

Review Date: Dec 2015

Price: $18.00/320 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Not for espresso traditionalists or the faint of palate. Intensely and uncompromisingly bright and floral. Very complex flowers (lavender, jasmine, lily), passion fruit, sandalwood, roasted cacao nib in aroma and small cup. Satiny, lively mouthfeel; richly drying, deeply and ringingly flower-saturated finish. Crisply fruit- and floral-toned in three parts milk, with only a cocoaish hint of chocolate.

Review Date: Dec 2015

Price: NT $900/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Massively rich, savory sweet, deeply complex. Dark chocolate, black currant, wisteria and lavender, tangerine-like citrus in aroma and small cup. Full, velvety mouthfeel; smooth, flavor-saturated finish. Chocolate turns fudgy and the flowers deepen in three parts milk.

Review Date: Dec 2015

Price: NT $800/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Lush, sweet, musky. Lily, peach, guava, chocolate in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet finish with a slight drying edge. Fat and nicely nuanced in three parts milk: continued peach, guava, chocolate.

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