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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: Apr 2019

Price: $7.12/120 grams

Rich-toned, crisply sweet. Apricot, honeysuckle-like flowers, cocoa nib, fresh-cut cedar, maple syrup in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to cocoa-toned apricot notes with an undercurrent of cedar.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Roundly savory, sweet, quiet. Almond, pine, lightly cooked taro with hints of orange zest and plum blossom in aroma and cup. Gently sweet-savory in structure; very lightly satiny in mouthfeel. The finish is lightly crisp with pungent hints of pine.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $37.50/8 ounces

Shifting, original, startling in its giddy intricacy. Winey pine (think retsina wine), cocoa powder, green apple, Concord grape, ginger blossom, much more in aroma and cup. Sweetly and delicately pungent in structure. Lightly syrupy and almost effervescently buoyant in mouthfeel. The winey pine character and a floral sweetness carry persuasively into a crisp finish.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $23.00/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Crisply sweet, richly dry. Kumquat, cocoa nib, vanilla, allspice and molasses in aroma and cup. Bittersweet in structure with brisk acidity; full, satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The finish simplifies, though resonates pleasantly with both tart and rich elements.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Delicate, sweetly pungent. Apple-brandy reduction, hazelnut, lime zest, freesia and fir in aroma and cup. Low-toned, savory-edged structure with gently tart acidity; smooth, lightly creamy mouthfeel. Quietly rich-toned finish, with a hint of tart apple in the long.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: CAD $18.00/340 grams

Deep, complex, sweetly pungent. Black currant, baker’s chocolate, moist, fresh-fallen leaves, maple syrup, a slight hint of juicy, berryish ferment in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-savory in structure; plush, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor resonates long into a richly drying finish.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Sweetly and deeply pungent: earth and chocolate. Rich dark chocolate, fresh-turned humus, black currant, magnolia, cedar in aroma and cup. Pungent, sweet-tart in structure, with a profound savory bottom. The mouthfeel is not particularly full, but smooth, satiny. Nothing is lost in a flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $19.00/8 ounces

Richly sweet, subtly earth-toned, lightly roasty. Distinct dark chocolate, black cherry, fresh-turned loam, cedar, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure, with a savory bottom. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The loamy earth notes and dark chocolate dominate in a very sweet, layered finish.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $20.99/12 ounces

Cocoa- and mango-toned, quietly zesty. Baker’s chocolate, mango, sandalwood, almond nougat, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. In structure, bittersweet with an enlivening tart edge; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Finish sweetens and consolidates around cocoa, almond and sandalwood.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $480/8 ounces

Deep, rich, pungent. Fresh cantaloupe, tangerine zest, caramelly chocolate, sandalwood, magnolia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Roundly and sweetly brisk in structure; satiny in mouthfeel. Fruit, floral and sandalwood carry into a crisply drying though sweet-toned finish.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Sweetly pungent, earthy. Moist, fresh-fallen leaves, orange zest, fresh-cut pine, cocoa, lily in aroma and cup. Richly tart in structure, with a savory edge. Light but buoyant mouthfeel. The finish consolidates around cocoa, orange and a deep, lily-like floral note.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $19.95/12 ounces

Richly and vivaciously sweet-savory. Pipe tobacco, date, grapefruit zest, spearmint, rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart and deeply savory, almost meaty in structure. Syrupy but crisply drying mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around grapefruit, spearmint and rose in a savory-bottomed, lasting finish.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Simultaneously citrusy and floral, yet deeply resonant and tobacco-toned. Cocoa, pink grapefruit zest, perique (fermented) tobacco, sandalwood, aromatic orchid in aroma and cup. Sweetly and exhilaratingly tart in structure; light, juicy mouthfeel. Grapefruit, sandalwood and flowers carry gracefully into a long, layered finish.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $650/16 ounces

Brightly sweet, deeply pungent. Fine musk, black currant, baker’s chocolate, violet, oak in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with juicy acidity; crisp, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish consolidates around musk and currant notes with a hint of baker’s chocolate.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Flight Logo - Nov 2018

Crisply sweet-savory, balanced. Jasmine, toffee, peach, cedar, tamarind in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with juicy, vibrant acidity; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. All of the flavor and aroma notes are carried over into the finish, gently receding into the pleasing long.

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: Apr 2019

Price: $48.95/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Juicy, buoyant, bright. Pineapple, sandalwood, cacao nib, magnolia, rose in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy, satiny in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates and layers in a sweet, cocoa-toned finish with a continuing hint of pineapple. Delicate and crisp in three parts milk: sweet cocoa and flowers.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $550/4 ounces

Richly sweet-savory. Passionfruit, dark chocolate, hop flowers, almond butter, wine barrel in aroma and cup. Deep sweet-savory structure with wine-like acidity; very full, syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp, richly fruit-toned finish with a throughline of dark chocolate.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $36.95/8 ounces

Rich, crisp and spicy. Complex aroma and flavor: blackcurrant, dried blackberry, sandalwood, blood orange zest, lavender. Deeply pungent in structure. Long, resonant finish; a cocoa hint surfaces to complicate orangy citrus and lavender-like floral notes.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $210/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply sweet, chocolaty. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, dried cherry, cedar in aroma and small cup. Buoyant, velvety mouthfeel; long, resonant cocoa and nut-toned finish. Chocolate notes take center stage in cappuccino-scaled milk, supported by dried cherry and vanilla.