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We have published thousands of coffee reviews and espresso reviews since 1997. The reviews below appear in reverse chronological order by review date. You may refine your search by key word or category using links to the right. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: NT $225/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly roast-toned; floral and chocolaty. Gently scorched cedar, baker’s chocolate, narcissus-like flowers, mango, spearmint in aroma and small cup. Satiny mouthfeel; chocolate and spicy roast notes carry in a dry but lasting finish. The crisp chocolate dominates in three parts milk, with continuing hints of flowers and mango-like fruit.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: $13.34/4 ounces

Richly sweet, deeply savory, elegantly balanced. Dried apricot, maple syrup, narcissus, sandalwood, cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart-savory in structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of dried apricot and cacao nib in the short, rounding to narcissus and sandalwood in the long.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Fruit-toned, chocolaty. Dried apricot, chocolate fudge, oak, honeysuckle, almond brittle in aroma and small cup. Velvety mouthfeel; fruit- and chocolate-toned finish. In three parts milk, chocolate and almond notes converge for a dessert-like experience, with a hint of dried apricot.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Magnolia Coffee Logo

Richly sweet-toned, floral. Magnolia, brown sugar, cedar, plum, hazelnut in aroma and cup. Sweet structure with round, gentle acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of brown sugar and magnolia.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: $21.20/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Lavish, captivatingly complex, deeply savory-sweet. Candycap mushroom, lilac, dark chocolate, dried coconut, frankincense in aroma and cup. Structurally, the savory component, which is typically an undertone, occupies the top of the aromatic and flavor range, with deep sweetness (fruit, florals) underneath. The mouthfeel is lively and richly syrupy. The seemingly eternal finish is a quiet mirror of the cup.

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: Jul 2019

Price: $30.00/12 ounces

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Rich-toned, deeply floral. Honeysuckle, nectarine, pink peppercorn, oak, Meyer lemon zest in aroma and cup. Vibrantly sweet-tart structure with juicy acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. Spice-toned finish with pretty floral and citrus notes.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: NT $600/225 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, sweetly spice-toned. Pomegranate, cedar, dark chocolate, magnolia, a hint of cumin in aroma and small cup. Crisp, satiny mouthfeel; tart-leaning, richly drying finish. Tart flavors stand up to three parts milk, in which dark chocolate and magnolia are also amplified.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: NT $400/225 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, floral, sweetly herbaceous. Tangerine zest, lemon verbena, dark chocolate, narcissus-like flowers, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Crisp, satiny mouthfeel; resonant finish consolidates to narcissus and sandalwood. In cappuccino-scaled milk, this coffee is driven by deep florals and rich aromatic wood notes, with a base of dark chocolate.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: NT $165/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Bittersweet, gently roast-toned, chocolaty. Chocolate fudge, roasted hazelnut, green apple, molasses, singed cedar in aroma and small cup. Silky-smooth mouthfeel; crisp, richly drying finish. Reads like a classic Italian espresso in three parts milk, bitter and sweet in equal parts, balanced and harmonious with a hint of roast throughout.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: NT $400/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet-tart, spice-toned. Baker’s chocolate, cardamom, tart cherry, fir, almond butter in aroma and small cup. Creamy body; bittersweet, wood-framed finish. Cardamom-toned chocolate blooms in three parts milk, along with sweet nut and tart fruit notes.

Review Date: Jul 2019

Price: NT $700/400 grams

Evaluated as espresso. High-toned, fruit-forward. Watermelon candy, salted caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, cinnamon in aroma and small cup. Full, creamy mouthfeel; delicate, sweet-toned finish centered around notes of watermelon candy and cinnamon. Dessert-like in the milk shot, all fruit and candy with a hint of cinnamon.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Deeply sweet, fruit-toned, with a hint of sweet ferment. Baker’s chocolate, plum, narcissus, barrel-aged rum, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with brisk acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. Richly drying, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Richly sweet, nut-toned. Date, hazelnut, sassafras, elm, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with gentle, round acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Long, undulating finish centered around sweet hazelnut notes.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Crisply sweet-tart. Lemon verbena, cherry, oak, cocoa nob, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with vibrant acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of cherry and oak.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: $15.00/10 ounces

Deep, rich, roundly pungent. Lime zest, date, maple syrup, magnolia, fresh-cut cedar. Balanced sweet-tart-savory in structure, with a lime-brightened gleam of acidity. Full, syrupy though drying mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a robust, layered short finish, fading and drying slightly in the long.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Floral-toned, richly sweet. Wisteria, toffee, lime zest, frankincense, apricot in aroma and cup. Bittersweet structure with confident, citrusy acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The crisp finish consolidates to notes of toffee and lime zest with undertones of frankincense.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: $15.90/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Deeply rich, equally sweet and savory. Brown sugar, hop flowers, toasted coconut, chestnut, sumac in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart-savory structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; viscous, satiny mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to coconut and chestnut with undertones of brown sugar.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: NT $260/8 ounces

Richly fruit-toned, chocolaty. Dried raspberry, dark chocolate, sandalwood, almond, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart in structure with round, gentle acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Fruit- and chocolate-centered in the finish as well, with pretty freesia notes.

Review Date: Jun 2019

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Flight Logo - Nov 2018

High-toned, fruity, deeply savory. Cocoa nib, plum sauce, brown sugar, sumac, freesia in aroma and cup. Round and deep, richly sweet-savory structure; full, chewy mouthfeel. The finish resolves with a simple yet compelling sweet and tart resonance.