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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: Nov 2018

Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Espresso Republic Logo

Richly sweet, floral-toned. Narcissus, roasted cacao nib, agave syrup, fir, red apple in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with gentle, rounded acidity; smooth, satiny mouthfeel. The gently drying finish centers around roasted cacao nib and narcissus-like floral notes.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $26.00/12 ounces

Shop for top-rated coffees at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Spice-toned, deep, resonant. Dried persimmon, perique (fermented) tobacco, cinnamon, dark chocolate, gardenia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with engagingly citrusy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish leads with dried persimmon and dark chocolate, followed by pipe tobacco and cinnamon.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $19.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Delicately but pungently floral. Narcissus-like flowers, baker’s chocolate, tart black currant, oak, roasted pistachio in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet and lightly savory in structure; plump and lightly syrupy in mouthfeel. Flowers, cocoa-like chocolate, pistachio in particular carry into a gently drying finish.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: #23.00/12 ounces

Shop for top-rated coffees at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Delicate, sweetly tart. Lemon drop, roasted cacao nib, pink peppercorn, almond, orange zest in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of lemon drop and cocoa, with a hint of pink peppercorn.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $21.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, chocolate-toned and cedary. Dark chocolate, pecan, gently scorched cedar, ripe banana, tangerine zest in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; roundly bittersweet in the finish: chocolate, cedar, tangerine. Cedar dominates in three parts milk, quietly enveloped by chocolate and ripe banana.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $44.95/8 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2018 - No. 1 Coffee of the Year

Enchantingly rich, intensely floral, unique. Dried black cherry, tea rose, Cognac, chocolate fudge, gently scorched almond wood in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet-savory in structure with crisp, apple-toned acidity; plump, syrupy mouthfeel. Exceptionally long finish that carries over all the aroma and flavor notes from the cup, plus an umami intrigue akin to candied bacon.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $19.95/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Elegant, complexly sweet, umami-toned. Narcissus, ripe tomato, date, almond butter, cocoa powder in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure with bright, juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The long, resounding finish carries through on the complex promise of the cup.

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: Nov 2018

Price: $16.25/10 ounces

Shop at Branch Street Coffee Roasters

Complexly layered, deeply sweet-savory. Watermelon, fresh-cut pine, roasted cacao nib, lemon verbena, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with juicy, bright acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of watermelon and cacao nib, supported by rich fresh-cut pine.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: NT $600/200 grams

Crisply sweet, impressively balanced. Black currant, maple syrup, almond, cedar, lilac-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with juicy, vibrant acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to black currant and maple syrup with undercurrents of hazelnut and cedar.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: NT $500/200 grams

Richly fruit-toned. Ripe blueberry, dark chocolate, oak, agave syrup, rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned in structure with rounded acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish centers around deep blueberry and chocolate notes with a hint of oak.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

Crisp, sweetly nut-toned. Hazelnut butter, baker’s chocolate, cherry, cedar, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned in structure with brisk acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The sweet finish consolidates to an inviting nutty chocolate in the short and spice-toned florals in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Mystic Monk Coffee Logo

Richly sweet, cocoa- and spice-toned. Dark chocolate, gently scorched sandalwood, orange zest, cinnamon, gardenia in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with mild, rounded acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Spice-toned and chocolaty in the finish.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Mystic Monk Coffee Logo

Sweetly roast-toned, chocolaty. Baker’s chocolate, gently scorched cedar, almond, raisin, molasses in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned in structure with gentle acidity; creamy-smooth mouthfeel. The lingering finish leads with notes of raisin and almond in the short, with rich cedar tones in the long and chocolate throughout.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $70.00/8 ounces

Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Logo

Delicate, vibrant, richly tart. Passionfruit, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood, star jasmine, bergamot zest in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with juicy, bright acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. The long, flavor-saturated finish is redolent with notes of passionfruit, star jasmine and cacoa nib.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $45.00/8 ounces

Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Logo

Rich, high-toned, sweetly herbaceous. Lemon verbena, roasted almond, black cherry, narcissus, black peppercorn in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet structure with high-toned, lively acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish leads with black cherry and narcissus in the short, with notes of almond and peppercorn in the long, and an undercurrent of lemon verbena throughout.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: NT $1450/8 ounces

Complex, sweetly tart, spice-toned. Peach, fine musk, toffee, macadamia nut, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The elegant, lingering finish centers around notes of peach, toffee and fine musk, all cocoa-toned.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2018 - No. 8

Complexly layered with sweet-savory depth. Wisteria, hop flowers, candied grapefruit zest, black cherry, pistachio butter in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory structure with gentle, rounded acidity; viscous, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish is a mirror of the cup, carrying through on the coffee’s savory-sweet resonance.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Delicate, sweetly spice-toned. Salted caramel, black cherry, cinnamon, roasted cashew, clover flower in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure; high-toned, juicy acidity. Fruit-toned finish with hints of cinnamon and clover flower.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $18.95/12 ounces

Balanced, deeply rich and sweet. Butterscotch, sandalwood, dark chocolate, dried apricot, lantana in aroma and cup. Appealing bittersweet structure with brisk acidity; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of dark chocolate and butterscotch.