Top 30 Coffees of 2022
Each year, our editors rank the year’s most exciting coffees from the thousands we cupped over the course of the past 12 months. We rank these 30 coffees 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, tree variety, processing method, certification, and general rarity.
Enjoy our list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2022 below.
Price: $35.00/8 ounces
Lyrically sweet, stunningly deep, engagingly complex. Dried black cherry, black sage, wild honey sandalwood, honeysuckle in aroma and cup. Juicy-bright structure with malic (green-apple-like) acidity; luscious, satiny mouthfeel. Integrated, multi-layered, flavor-saturated finish.
Exceptionally balanced, elegant, resonantly spice-toned. Red currant, butterscotch, hazelnut butter, honeysuckle, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with sweetly tart, vivacious acidity; lively, creamy-smooth mouthfeel. The long, resonant finish carries over all the aromas and flavors of the cup.
Price: NT $850/8 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Aromatic orchid, dark chocolate, black cherry, gently scorched sandalwood, tarragon in aroma and small cup. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel; resonant, complex, long finish. In three parts milk, floral and fruit tones harmonize with dark chocolate for a particularly complex cappuccino.
Price: $40.00/4 ounces
Ultra-high-toned, fruit-driven, richly floral. Wisteria, dried nectarine, pistachio brittle, calamansi lime, tarragon in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet structure with resoundingly bright, lively acidity; delicately silky, viscous mouthfeel. Long, floral-toned finish supported by bittersweet citrus.
Price: $18.65/12 ounces
Richly floral, fruit-toned, balanced. Passion fruit, pink peppercorn, star jasmine, cocoa nib, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with vibrant acidity; syrupy, viscous mouthfeel. The spicy-floral finish leads with notes of star jasmine and cocoa nib.
Richly chocolaty, harmoniously juicy and bright. Dark chocolate fudge, pomelo, star jasmine, cedar, marjoram in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with complex, bittersweet acidity; full, creamy mouthfeel. Resonant, long, flavor-laden finish.
Richly sweet-savory. Ripe heirloom tomato, pomegranate, cocoa nib, sage, narcissus in aroma and cup. Complex sweet-savory-tart structure with elegantly bright acidity; plush, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. Long, lingering, flavor-saturated finish that foregrounds tomato, pomegranate and cocoa notes.
Price: NT $800/20 grams
Exceptionally balanced, high-toned. Pineapple, bergamot, cocoa nib, hazelnut, ginger flower in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with cleanly fruity, vibrant acidity; very full, richly satiny mouthfeel. Crystalline finish that carries over all the aroma and flavor notes from the cup.
Richly floral, deeply savory, invitingly complex. Lilac, cocoa nib, strawberry guava, myrrh, salted caramel in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with sparkling acidity; elegantly viscous mouthfeel. Long, lingering cocoa- and floral-toned finish.
Price: $69.00/6 ounces
Richly fruit-saturated, balanced, juicy. Black cherry, Bourbon barrel, cocoa nib, wisteria, candycap mushroom in aroma and small cup. Deep, sweet-savory structure with high-toned, malic acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Resonant, long, flavor-laden finish that fulfills the promise of the cup.
Rich, deep-toned, complex. Toffee, pomegranate, tangerine zest, a hint of gardenia, cedar in aroma and cup. High-toned structure with juicy acidity; vibrant, plush mouthfeel. Long, lingering, harmonious finish.
Rich-toned, expressively layered, deeply sweet-savory. Ginger flower, toasted coconut, dried red currant, wild honey, cedar in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet structure with high-toned, vibrant acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. The long, intense finish is centered around notes of ginger and wild honey, with supporting notes of red currant and coconut.
Bright, balanced, floral-driven. Ginger blossom, red plum, cocoa nib, tangerine zest, fresh-cut oak in aroma and cup. Juicy-sweet structure with lively acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Cocoa-toned finish with undertones of tangerine zest.
Richly fruit-toned, cocoa-driven. Bing cherry, lychee, tangerine, cocoa nib, magnolia in aroma and cup. Very sweet, gently tart structure with juicy acidity; plush, viscous mouthfeel. Resonantly integrated, fruity and cocoa-toned finish.
Multi-faceted, enticingly sweet-savory. Lychee, cardamom, cocoa nib, fennel, star jasmine in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet structure with vibrantly juicy acidity; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. Rich-toned, very long finish with leading notes of lychee and cardamom.
Sweetly tart, high-toned. Black cherry, amber, lemon verbena, hint of wine barrel, cocoa nib in aroma and cup. Juicy-bright structure with vibrant acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. Fruit-toned, sweetly and gently fermenty finish.
Deep-toned, complexly layered, vibrantly aromatic. Black cherry, honeysuckle, cocoa nib, sugar cane, lemon balm in aroma and cup. Richly bittersweet structure with tart, juicy acidity; crisp, satiny mouthfeel. Very long, nuanced, resonant finish.
Balanced, vibrant, complex. Mulberry, dark chocolate, mustard seed, star jasmine, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Juicy-bright structure with vibrant phosphoric acidity; very full, syrupy mouthfeel. Long, flavor-saturated finish.
Delicately aromatic, complex, citrusy. Bergamot, candied violet, cocoa nib, honeysuckle, pineapple taffy in aroma and cup. Richly bittersweet structure with bright acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Resonant, long, flavor-laden finish that carries through on the promise of the cup.
Sweetly tart, juicy, bright. Red grape, sandalwood, dark chocolate, almond butter, pink grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Sweet-tart structure with elegantly high-toned acidity; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. Crisply fruit-toned finish.
Lushly floral-toned, chocolaty. Dark chocolate, wisteria, fine musk, dried lychee, pistachio in aroma and cup. Juicy, sweet-savory structure with floral acidity; big, syrupy mouthfeel with pleasingly tannic texture. Finish consolidates to notes of musky tropical fruit, delicate and perfumy, with crisp pistachio undertones.
Evaluated as espresso. Multi-layered, complex. Dark chocolate, dried apricot, star jasmine, cedar, hazelnut butter in aroma and small cup. Very syrupy mouthfeel; crisply fruit-toned finish. In three parts milk, chocolate and apricot notes are amplified, supported by spicy florals.
Price: $19.00/175 grams
Cocoa-toned, bright and vibrant. Cocoa nib, pink grapefruit zest, pomegranate, freesia-like flowers, cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-tart structure with juicy acidity; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The cocoa-toned finish is complicated by spicy floral tones.
Spice-toned, deeply chocolaty. Dark chocolate, baking spices, cashew butter, lily, molasses in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet with gentle, round acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. Quiet, nutty finish supported by notes of baking spices.
High-toned, richly sweet and deep. Nectarine, cherry blossom, hazelnut, lemon-thyme, dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Sweet structure with bright, juicy acidity; crisp mouthfeel. Long, flavor-laden finish that carries forward all the aroma and flavor notes from the cup.
Crisply chocolaty, floral-toned. Nectarine, brown sugar, wisteria, baking chocolate, fresh-cut oak in aroma and cup. Complex, bittersweet structure with quiet acidity; very full, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. Baking chocolate and oak notes characterize the long finish, with pretty hints of wisteria underneath.
Sweetly spice-toned, gently fermenty. Dark chocolate, fennel, raspberry jam, whiskey barrel, lemon balm in aroma and cup. Brightly sweet with juicy acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. The resonant finish centers around notes of whiskey-toned raspberry and oak.
Price: $14.00/12 ounces
Crisply chocolaty, deep-toned. Baking chocolate, almond, lily, candy apple, fir in aroma and cup. Sweet structure with gently round acidity; full, crisply syrupy mouthfeel. Gently drying, quite chocolaty finish.
Price: $30.00/12 ounces
Delicately sweet-tart, balanced. Guava, macadamia nut, lemon verbena, cocoa nib, oak forest notes in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with high-toned, balanced acidity; crisp, silky mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of cocoa-toned guava with sweet herb undertones.
Fruit-saturated, sweetly fermenty. Concord grape, dark chocolate, vanilla orchid, wine barrel, tangerine zest in aroma and cup. Brightly sweet-tart structure with juicy acidity; very full, satiny mouthfeel. Fruit-toned finish with notes of wine barrel into the long.