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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: May 2019

Price: $75.00/12 ounces

Sweet-savory, richly wood-framed. Date, spice box, fresh-cut fir, cocoa powder, rhododendron in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory in structure with round, gentle acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The finish is characterized by dried fruit and mixed baking spices animating fresh-cut aromatic wood.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $19.00/200 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Complex, juicy, richly tart. Almond, dark chocolate, guava, tangerine zest, star jasmine in aroma and small cup. Light, very silky mouthfeel; chocolate, fruit and flowers all carry into a cleanly sweet, delicately drying finish. Flavor-saturated in three parts milk: almond, chocolate, guava, flowers all resonate in rich, custardy balance.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $17.99/3 pounds

Roasty-sweet, spice-toned. Banana, orange blossom, cocoa powder, scorched cedar, molasses in aroma and cup. Bittersweet structure with a brisk touch of acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of cocoa and orange blossom in the short, with scorched cedar and molasses in the long.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $18.99/2 pounds

Richly roasty and chocolaty, floral-toned. Dark chocolate, scorched cedar, magnolia, raisin, cashew in aroma and cup. Bittersweet structure, with a hint of rounded acidity; full, plump mouthfeel. The drying, resonant finish consolidates to cocoa-toned cashew and smoky aromatic wood notes.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $37.99/6 pounds

Crisp, chocolaty, roast-framed. Baker’s chocolate, scorched oak, gardenia, hazelnut in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with a touch of acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. Smoky-sweet finish with chocolate notes throughout and a rich floral suggestion.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

High-toned sweetness, crisply tart, pleasantly salty-edged. Dried apricot, tamarind, salted chocolate, cedar, magnolia in aroma and cup. Gently low-toned with balanced tart and salty/savory structure; briskly juicy acidity. Full, buttery mouthfeel. Flavor simplifies in the finish, with hints of salted cocoa and dry cedar carrying into the long.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: NTD $1200/225 grams

Unorthodox but coherent and compelling. Pungent rose, fresh fennel frond, ripe cantaloupe, walnut, marshmallow in aroma and cup. Roundly sweet-savory in structure, with an impressively smooth, plush mouthfeel. Rose-like flowers prevail in a deeply rich finish.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: NTD $600/225 grams

Very sweet, floral, deeply rich. Date, tangerine zest, fresh pipe tobacco, freesia-like flowers, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Complex and deeply rich structure; roundly tart acidity. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is dry but rings with rich tobacco and unsweetened chocolate far into the long.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $28.00/8 ounces

Very sweet, richly perfumed, wood-framed. Pipe-tobacco, lychee fruit, spice box, freesia-like flowers, amber and musk in aroma and cup. Richly, densely composed structure, crisply tart acidity. Impressively syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The finish consolidates pleasantly into a slightly drying though rich-toned, spicy tobacco.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $27.00/16 ounces

Very sweetly tart, floral-prominent and rich-toned. Lemon custard, red currant jam, tea rose, maple syrup and dried coconut in aroma and cup. Delightfully crisp and tart, though cohesively resonant in structure; very lightly though buoyantly syrupy in mouthfeel. The finish is pert and satisfying, with a lingering sweet crispness and a long aromatic trajectory.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $16.95/6 ounces

Sweetly tart, spice-toned. Dried black cherry, lantana, pipe tobacco, allspice, cedar in aroma and cup. Tart-leaning structure with brisk acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. In the quiet, gently drying finish, fruit and florals recede and savory/spice notes, specifically pipe tobacco and cedar, are amplified.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $13.00/12 ounces

Roundly pungent, buttery and chocolaty. Dark chocolate, orange zest, cedar, plum, a hint of peppercorn in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet, balanced in structure. Very light in mouthfeel, silky. Flavor consolidates in a drying though resonant finish.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $18.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Deeply sweet, richly drying, complexly sweet-savory. Nutella, sumac, oak, clove, loquat, hop blossom in aroma and cup. Rounded and rich though drying in structure; brisk, juicy acidity. Very full, syrupy mouthfeel. The short finish consolidates around prominent oak and sumac with hints of cocoa and fruit. The long turns rather dry, though remains resonant.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $490/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Bittersweet, richly pungent, chocolaty and floral. Dark chocolate, plum, cedar, magnolia in aroma and small cup. Plump, satiny mouthfeel; bittersweet and chocolaty in the finish. Chocolate and flowers dominate in three parts milk.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $19.00/12 ounces

Richly fruit-toned, musky sweet. Raspberry jam, fine musk, apple brandy, hop flowers, almond in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-tart-savory in structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp, resonant finish with raspberry, brandy and hops carrying into the long.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $16.20/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Richly savory-leaning, deeply sweet. Tamarind, dark chocolate, sunchoke, wisteria, almond butter in aroma and small cup. Velvety-smooth mouthfeel; cocoa- and nut-toned finish. In three parts milk, sweet and savory present in particularly harmonious balance.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $16.20/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Richly sweet-savory, spice-toned. Baker’s chocolate, spice box, narcissus-like flowers, almond, peach in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet structure with gentle, round acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The crisp finish centers on notes of baker’s chocolate and almond with a hint of sweet flowers.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $350/8 ounces

Richly sweet, cocoa- and fruit-toned. Concord grape, cocoa nib, sandalwood, maple syrup, lilac in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with bright, juicy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Resonant, flavor-saturated finish that highlights fruit and cocoa tones.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Mystic Monk Coffee Logo

Richly sweet, cocoa-toned, floral. Cocoa powder, gardenia, roasted almond, oak, date, in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet structure with gentle, rounded acidity; plush, satiny mouthfeel. Crisp, cocoa-driven finish with a throughline of spicy florals.

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.