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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 2018

Price: $30.50/4 ounces

Intensely rich, sweetly savory. Dried raspberry, aged rum, paprika, pipe tobacco, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure with gentle acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish fulfills the promise of the cup, carrying over each of the distinct fruit, earth, spice and chocolate notes, together with a hint of sweet ferment suggesting aged rum.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $17.00/12 ounces

Richly sweet, spice-toned. Mango, clove, lime zest, dark chocolate, fragrant pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet in structure with bright acidity; lightly creamy mouthfeel. The rich-toned finish leads with notes of lime zest and clove in the short; both mango and pipe tobacco return in the long.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Floral, richly earth-toned. Lilac, black cherry, nutella, moist pipe tobacco, tangerine zest in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with bright acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The finish is richly fruit- and floral-toned, with amplified notes of pipe tobacco in the long.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: NT $460/8 ounces

Intensely sweet-tart, deeply rich. Blackberry jam, toasted coconut, dark chocolate, fine musk, fresh-cut redwood in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with juicy, bright acidity; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. The quiet finish centers on notes of blackberry and chocolate in the short, musk and redwood in the long.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $51.00/8 ounces

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Lush, high-toned, richly sweet. Apricot, bergamot zest, nougat, sandalwood, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet in structure, with juicy, bright acidity; plump, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is seemingly eternal, resonant with all the flavor notes from the cup: stone fruit, citrus zest, nutty caramel, aromatic wood and sweet florals.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: NT $460/8 ounces

High-toned, deeply sweet. Black currant, honey, sandalwood, narcissus-like flowers, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with juicy, bright acidity; full, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of black currant and honey in the short, rich cocoa-toned sandalwood in the long.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $37.50/8 ounces

Intensely pungent, richly vibrant, deeply sweet, startlingly original. Complex spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg), herb (fresh cilantro, parsley), baker’s chocolate, lime zest, sweetly pungent spirits (Brazilian cachaça?) in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet and roundly tart in structure. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. The shifting, layered intrigue in the cup carries far into a long, resonant finish.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $18.75/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Layered, complex. Dark chocolate, mango, grapefruit zest, cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Mango, chocolate and a hint of flowers persist in a deeply resonant finish. Crisply lively in three-parts milk: continued chocolate and mango-like fruit, while the floral suggestions hint at butterscotch.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

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Evaluated as espresso. Roundly and sweetly tart/pungent. Baker’s chocolate, almond, cedar, tangerine zest, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Syrupy, full mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rather dry though pleasingly chocolate- and cedar-toned finish. Crisp in three-parts milk: dry chocolate and rich floral hints.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: NT $500/225 grams

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Crisp, richly sweet-savory. Maple syrup, gardenia-like flowers, fresh humus, pomegranate, baker’s chocolate in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet in structure, with savory undertones; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The finish is driven by gardenia-like florals and sweet earth tones in the short, baker’s chocolate and tart fruit in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: NT $900/8 ounces

Crisp, sweetly tart. Concord grape, baker’s chocolate, cedar, musk, magnolia in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-tart in structure with juicy acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. The resonant finish leads with fruit and floral tones, rounding to baker’s chocolate in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: NT $350/227 grams

Fruit-forward, spice-toned. Raspberry jam, clove, rum cordial, fresh-cut fir, dried hibiscus in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with brisk acidity; lightly creamy mouthfeel. Clove and raspberry drive the sweet-toned short finish, while notes of fresh-cut fir reappear in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: NT $950/8 ounces

Delicate, sweetly spice-toned. Peach blossom, hazelnut, pink peppercorn, lime zest, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with lively, balanced acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to peach blossom and hazelnut in the short, with lime zest and cedar resurfacing in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $20.00/12 ounces

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Crisp, sweetly savory. Butterscotch, mesquite, cocoa powder, cooked acorn squash, fine musk in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure with brisk acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is carried, both short and long, by notes of cocoa and rich aromatic wood.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Elegant, bright, very sweetly pungent. Starfruit, frankincense, lime zest, roasted cacao nib, narcissus in aroma and cup. Richly sweet in structure with balanced, vivacious acidity. Delicate, silky mouthfeel. The floral-toned finish starts and ends with notes of narcissus, punctuated by starfruit, cacao nib and bittersweet citrus suggesting lime zest, all enveloped in perfumy aromatic wood redolent of frankincense.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: NT $450/8 ounces

Crisply sweet, balanced. Apricot, freesia-like flowers, baker’s chocolate, clove, almond in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure; full, velvety mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of sweet stone fruit and spicy florals in the short, rounding to cocoa-toned almond in the long, with a lingering hint of clove-like spice.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $9.94/4 ounces

Lush, vibrant; intricate and balanced. Fine musk, dried jasmine, passionfruit, bergamot, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Complex, richly sweet structure with bright acidity. Buoyant, silky mouthfeel. The resonant finish fulfills the promise of the cup, carrying all of the flavor notes, including a hint of white sage, well into the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $9.94/4 ounces

Crisp, richly and sweetly tart. Candied apple, magnolia, cashew butter, sassafras, pomegranate in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with juicy acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The richly drying, subtle finish centers around notes of nut butter and sweet florals.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $9.94/4 ounces

Delicate, crisply sweet-savory, roast-rounded. Dark chocolate, orange blossom, almond, sandalwood, tamari in aroma and cup. Savory sweet in structure with gentle acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The finish is rich with notes of dark chocolate and almond in the short, with savory-sweet hints of tamari and sandalwood incense in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $25.00/12 ounces

Deeply sweet, richly wood-framed. Watermelon candy, sandalwood, narcissus-like flowers, toasted pecan, maple syrup in aroma and cup. Bittersweet structure; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. Aromatic wood leads in the short finish, while notes of watermelon candy (think Jolly Rancher) and sweet florals resurface in the long.