Top 30 Coffees of 2015
Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015 appears below.
We selected and ranked these 30 notable coffees and espressos from the thousands we cupped throughout the year. The rankings are based on quality (represented by overall rating), value (reflected by most affordable price per pound), and other factors that include distinctiveness of style, uniqueness of origin or tree variety, certification, and general rarity.
Price: $27.50/12 ounces
Sweetly bright; exhilaratingly floral. Honeysuckle, lavender, apple, walnut in aroma and cup. Crisp, very sweet acidity; lively, syrupy mouthfeel. The distinct apple and floral notes carry into a long, resonant finish.
Vivid with complex, shifting fruit and floral notes. Vanilla, raspberry, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood, hints of spearmint and violet in aroma and cup. Balanced but vibrant acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Deeply sweet, flavor-saturated finish, very slightly though richly drying in the long.
Sweet, crisp, gently exuberant. Spicy flowers, roasted cacao nib, almond, sandalwood, tangelo in aroma and cup. Lively, gently crisp acidity; buoyant, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor saturates a very sweet finish.
Intricately sweet, delicately composed. Lilac-like flowers, blueberry, pink grapefruit zest, cocoa nib in aroma and cup. Vibrant, lyrical acidity; silky-smooth mouthfeel. Richly drying fruit- and floral-toned finish.
Soft, enveloping, resonantly complex. Rose and violet floral notes, apricot, dark chocolate, clove and marjoram in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; satiny, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a brisk short finish; floral and chocolate return sweetly in the long.
Lush, intricate, with a deep, cushiony sweetness. Lavishly complex floral notes – cherry blossom, lavender, saffron, more – complicated by mulberry, tangerine and a crisp roasted cacao nib. Round, floral-toned acidity; plush, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly the floral notes, sustain in a long, balanced, lightly drying finish.
Intense, pungent, juicy. Berry (raspberry, black currant), complex flowers (lavender, lilac), dark chocolate, a hint of cooked squash or beet in aroma and cup. Richly balanced, wine-toned acidity; full, nectar-like mouthfeel. Chocolate and flowers, in particular, carry into a resonant, balanced finish.
Big, pungent, zesty. Pink peppercorn, grapefruit, narcissus, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Lilting, very sweetly and gently bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flowers and citrus in particular saturate a crisply drying finish.
Sweetly bright, balanced, classic. Ripe tangerine, apricot, honeysuckle-like flowers, hazelnut, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Delicate, lively acidity; lightly plush mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a gently tart, richly balanced finish.
Price: $13.49/12 ounces
Very sweet, delicately pungent. Red currant, spicy rose, fresh-cut cedar, vanilla in aroma and cup. Lightly bright, gently lively acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The spicy rose and red currant carry into a crisply sweet-toned finish.