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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: Mar 2018

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, lily, caramelized walnut, grapefruit zest, fresh-cut fir in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy body; richly drying, citrus-toned finish. Chocolaty and floral-toned in three parts milk.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: NT $500/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly floral, chocolate-toned, sweetly tart. Wisteria, dark chocolate, tangerine zest, molasses, dried apricot in aroma and small cup. Viscous, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; crisp, cocoa-toned finish. Very floral in cappuccino-scaled milk: Notes of wisteria and dark chocolate dominate, nuanced by tangerine zest and dried apricot.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: CAD $15.50/340 grams

Deeply and richly sweet. Strawberry, peach, sandalwood, almond butter, chrysanthemum in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. The quiet finish consolidates around notes of almond and sandalwood.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Pungent and earthy with a quietly persuasive sweetness. Fresh clay, grapefruit zest, baker’s chocolate, vanilla bean, ripe pear in aroma and cup. Sweet/savory in structure; light but plush mouthfeel. Clay, grapefruit and vanilla carry into an impressively resonant, layered finish.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Intricately layered, deeply and sweetly pungent. Roasted cacao nib, lemon zest, lilac, candied ginger, frankincense in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with bright, juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The complex finish sustains all of the flavor notes from the cup, sweet flowers in particular.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Richly sweet, spice-toned. Dried cherry, lemon zest, baker’s chocolate, cashew, a hint of cayenne in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly tart structure with bright acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish centers on citrus notes and chocolate in the short, with a suggestion of cayenne in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: NT $415/12 ounces

Sweetly pungent, high-toned. Dried apple, orange blossom, toffee, cedar, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure, with juicy acidity; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. The finish is deeply sweet and resonant, with notes of orange blossom and toffee in the short, rounding to chocolate in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: KRW $11,000/250 grams

Crisp, roundly and sweetly zesty. Cedar, lemon zest, blackberry, pistachio, rose-like flowers in aroma and cup. Quietly tart and very sweet-toned in structure; full and syrupy in mouthfeel. Flowers, blackberry and pistachio all carry into a resonant, sweet-savory finish.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $11.35/12 ounces

Grounds for Change logo

Deeply rich, sweetly tart. Baker’s chocolate, grapefruit zest, molasses, tea rose, marjoram in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory in structure; plump, velvety mouthfeel. The finish is crisp and dry, but also richly sweet, with notes of chocolate and spice-toned florals.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Juicy, crisp yet lush, original. Jasmine, baker’s chocolate, sandalwood, tangerine zest, dried mango in aroma and cup. Layered and lyric in structure: softly bright, crisply pungent. Light yet lively in mouthfeel. The finish consolidates around the sandalwood and cocoa, but the sweet flowers last, too.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Klatch Coffee Logo

Deeply, refreshingly pungent and earthy. Grapefruit zest, dark chocolate, candied ginger, graham cracker, moist fresh-fallen leaves in aroma and cup. Structured around complexly layered tart, sweet and savory tastes; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, deeply flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $14.50/12 ounces

Balanced and bright with a savory, root-vegetable depth. Lemon verbena, ripe orange zest, roasted cacao nib, rhododendron, a hint of brothy cooked root vegetables in aroma and cup. Structure is quietly sweet/tart with a savory edge; the mouthfeel round, syrupy and full. The finish is richly drying, consolidating around cacao nib and a ripe zesty orange.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $17.60/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Richly sweet, delicately savory. Lilac, chocolate fudge, pomegranate, frankincense, honey in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory structure with bright, juicy acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish is resonant with notes of lilac and pomegranate in the short and chocolate-toned frankincense in the long.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $35.00/100 grams

Sweet-toned, earthy-rich. Cocoa powder, pipe tobacco, hibiscus, moist fallen leaves, hazelnut butter in aroma and cup. Savory-leaning structure with brisk acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Notes of cocoa-toned pipe tobacco predominate in the short finish, while hibiscus and foresty fallen-leaf notes figure prominently in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $44.95/8 ounces

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee Logo

Crisp, delicate, yet intense and original. Lush, rose-like flowers, dark chocolate, cedar, almond, ripe pineapple in aroma and cup. Balanced and complete in structure, poised at a round, satisfying intersection of sweet, tart and bitter. Light but syrupy in texture. Layered and resonant in the finish: rose, chocolate, almond all ring on.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $17.95/12 ounces

Bright, richly sweet. Lime blossom, raspberry jam, sandalwood, roasted cacao nib, maple syrup in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart in structure with juicy acidity; viscous, buoyant mouthfeel. The finish leads with citrus and berry notes in the short, segueing to sandalwood-framed sweet florals in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet-tart. Dark chocolate, narcissus, candied blood orange zest, almond butter, cedar in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy body; citrus- and cedar-toned finish. In three parts milk, notes of dark chocolate pleasin

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

The WestBean Coffee Roasters Logo

Fruit-forward, delicate yet intense. Complex flowers (lily to lavendar), sandalwood, dark chocolate, plum, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Roundly and deeply crisp in structure; lightly satiny in mouthfeel. The finish is resonant and sweet with chocolate and a continuing hint of brandy.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $15.50/12 ounces

Delicate, sweetly tart. Roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle, tamarind, spearmint, plum in aroma and cup. Balanced structure with brisk acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. Bittersweet in the short finish and sweetly wood-framed in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet-savory, intense, balanced. Spicy-toned flowers, tangerine zest, red berries, cedar, dark chocolate, roasted cashew in aroma and small cup. Syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. Flowers, chocolate and citrus all carry into a resonant though slightly drying finish. Gently and sweetly citrusy in three parts milk, with a continued backgrounded chocolate and nut.