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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: Jun 2018

Price: NT $480/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, fruit-toned, balanced. Baker’s chocolate, pomegranate, gardenia, grapefruit zest, fresh-cut fir in aroma and small cup. Lean, smooth mouthfeel; gently drying, cocoa-toned finish, with hints of grapefruit zest. In cappuccino-scaled milk, baker’s chocolate is center stage, supported by notes of sweet-tart fruit.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $24.95/12 ounces

Sweet-toned, with attractive savory undercurrents. Tangerine zest, magnolia, tamari, black cherry, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory structure with lightly juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is characterized by cocoa-toned citrus notes, with magnolia-like flowers underneath.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $17.60/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Intensely pungent, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, black cherry, almond, myrrh, star jasmine in aroma and small cup. Buoyant, silky mouthfeel; long, lingering finish characterized by dark chocolate and stone fruit. In three parts milk, suggestions of myrrh and star jasmine support the throughline of fudge-like chocolate notes.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, brightly tart. Dark chocolate, lily-like flowers, blood orange zest, peach, cedar in aroma and small cup. Punchy, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp, cocoa-toned finish with lasting notes of citrus zest. In three-parts milk, the sweet-tartness of the shot carries through, bringing dark chocolate along for the ride.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: NT $480/225 grams

Greenstone Coffee Logo

Sweetly roast-rounded, cocoa-toned. Baker’s chocolate, black currant, rose hip, singed cedar, almond brittle in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-tart structure; delicate, syrupy mouthfeel. The richly drying finish centers around tart floral notes and baker’s chocolate.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: NT $630/227 grams

Direct Coffee Logo

Delicate, quietly sweet-toned. Roasted cacao nib, red grape, fresh-cut fir, lemon zest, gardenia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Gentle, rounded structure; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of lemon zest and gardenia with a hint of fresh-cut fir.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $35.00/8 ounces

Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Logo

Nuanced, multi-layered, richly sweet. Lavender, roasted cacao nib, salted caramel, sweet aromatic mushroom, a moist foresty hint in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet-savory in structure with bright, juicy acidity; plush, velvety mouthfeel. The finish is resonant and flavor-saturated, fulfilling the promise of the cup well into the long.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Mystic Monk Coffee Logo

Deeply sweet, spice-toned. Vanilla, white peppercorn, date, moist pipe tobacco, almond in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned in structure with gentle acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The gently drying finish consolidates to notes of almond and white peppercorn.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Lexington Coffee Roasters

High-toned, crisply sweet. Maple syrup, orange zest, honeysuckle-like flowers, cedar, almond butter in aroma and cup. Sweetly and roundly tart structure; full, satiny mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is redolent of honeysuckle and orange zest in the short, rounding to buttery nut suggestions in the long.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: NT $800/16 ounces

Richly sweet-savory, spice-toned. Black currant, roasted cacao nib, freesia-like flowers, almond, molasses in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure with crisply bright acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The quietly nuanced finish centers around black currant and freesia tones in the short, molasses and almond in the long.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Briskly sweet-tart, fruit-forward. Dark chocolate, maraschino cherry, pipe tobacco, caramel, almond in aroma and cup. Bittersweet instructure with gentle, rounded acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The drying, cocoa-toned finish leads with dark chocolate in the short with maraschino cherry resurfacing in the long.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $16.00/10 ounces

Richly sweet, spice-toned. Ripe banana, roasted cacao nib, elm, freesia-like flowers, roasted cashew in aroma and cup. Roundly sweet-tart structure; lightly velvety mouthfeel. The crisp, richly drying finish consolidates around notes of cashew, cacao nib and a hint of spicy florals.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $15.00/10 ounces

Delicate, chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, raisin, hints of lily and oak in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-toned structure; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The long finish is quietly flavor-saturated.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: NT $420/227 grams

Delicate, sweet-toned, softly bright and balanced. Caramel, vanilla bean, cedar, almond, candied lemon zest in aroma and cup. Gently brisk in structure, light in mouthfeel. Sweet citrus framed by aromatic cedar carry into a short but pleasing finish.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Deeply and sweetly pungent, juicy. Black currant, orange zest, cocoa, lavender, oak in aroma and cup. Sweetly and gently tart in structure, gently savory-edged. Light but silky, lively mouthfeel. Quietly rich finish: orange zest and lavender.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: NT $450/16 ounces

Round, balanced, with a quiet but deeply layered complexity. Blackberry, cocoa, pear, lavender, roasted macadamia in aroma and cup. Sweetly and roundly bright in structure; plush and lightly syrupy in mouthfeel. A richly resonant finish consolidates around cocoa, lavender and pear.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Delicate, sweetly bright and gently lemony. Ripe lemon zest, fresh-cut cedar, carnation, roasted cashew, cocoa in aroma and cup. Roundly and lightly sweet-tart in structure; satiny in mouthfeel. Quietly resonant in the finish: flowers and cedar.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Logo

High-toned, richly sweet-tart. Baker’s chocolate, hibiscus tea, floral vanilla, tangerine zest, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Sweetly bright in structure, with gentle acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The sweetly tart finish is gently drying, consolidating around notes of hibiscus tea and baker’s chocolate.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: CAD $29.00/200 grams

Fruit-toned, chocolaty. Strawberry, dark chocolate, sandalwood, lavender, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Brisk, sweet-tart structure with juicy acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. Reminiscent of a chocolate cordial in the sweetly fermenty finish.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $22.50/12 ounces

Crisp, delicately sweet. Baker’s chocolate, violet-like flowers, papaya, macadamia nut, molasses in aroma and cup. Balanced, bittersweet structure; impressively buoyant, velvety mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish consolidates around notes of violet and papaya with a throughline of molasses-like sweetness.