Top 30 Coffees of 2023
The countdown of the Top 30 Coffees of 2023 is complete!
Each year, our editors rank the year’s most exciting coffees from the thousands we cupped over the course of the year. 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.
We are pleased to share our full list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2023:
Price: $20.00/8 ounces
Wildly expressive, richly compelling. Blackberry jam, sweet cream, frankincense, honeysuckle, dried pineapple in aroma and cup. Wine-like, very juicy, integrated acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Very long, very complex finish that leads with notes of wild blackberry and frankincense.
Lively, aromatically resonant, deeply complex. Cocoa nib, vanilla orchid, tamarind, pistachio, amber in aroma and cup. Rich structure with sweet-tart-savory acidity; lyrically full, viscous body. Harmonious, integrated finish that leads with notes of vanilla orchid, pistachio and cocoa nib.
Vibrant, elegant, richly sweet, complex. Peach, aromatic orchid, Meyer lemon zest, cocoa nib, rosewood in aroma and cup. Juicy, high-toned acidity; silky, lively mouthfeel. Long, enticing, coherent finish that fulfills the promise of the cup.
Elegantly floral, vibrantly fruit-forward. Wisteria, bergamot, frankincense, mangosteen, black cherry in aroma and cup. Juicy, high-toned acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. Long, lingering, flavor-saturated finish.
Price: NT $500/4 ounces
Floral-toned, mult-layered, balanced. Narcissus, dark chocolate, pomegranate, frankincense, in aroma and small cup. Very syrupy-smooth mouthfeel; rich, harmonious, elongated finish. Exceptionally complex in three parts milk, where narcissus and dark chocolate notes commingle with pomegranate and frankincense.
Richly complex, dazzlingly classic. Black currant, orange blossom, toffee, Meyer lemon zest, butter in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart-savory acidity in balanced harmony; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Long, lingering, deep-toned finish.
Complex, lyrically sweet. Nectarine, bergamot, cocoa nib, nougat, wisteria in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with malic (apple-like) acidity; delicate, silky, very viscous mouthfeel. The harmonious finish carries through on the promise of the cup.
Delicately fruit-forward, richly aromatic. Lychee, tangerine, wild honey, tarragon, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Sweet, gently tart acidity; plush, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. Integrated, long, flavor-saturated finish.
High-toned, lush, complexly fruity. Lychee, starfruit, wisteria, lemon thyme, cocoa nib in aroma and cup. Juicy-sweet with elegant, balanced acidity; lyrically silky mouthfeel. Notes of lychee, wisteria and cocoa nib carry far into a long, lingering finish.
Price: $60.00/4 ounces
Exuberantly aromatic, rich, very complex. Bergamot, Concord grape, ginger blossom, pistachio, lychee in aroma and cup. Juicy-bright, exceptionally high-toned acidity; lush, silky mouthfeel. Rich, pungent, crisply sweet finish.
Complex, spice-toned, floral. Ginger blossom, candied violet, clove, pomegranate, pink grapefruit zest in aroma and cup. Balanced, juicy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Long, resonant, richly aromatic finish.
Richly sweet-savory, deep-toned. Ripe tomato, cocoa nib, black currant, bay leaf, pink grapefruit zest in aroma and cup. High-toned, juicy acidity; very full, syrupy mouthfeel. Resonant finish that carries over all the aromas and flavors of the cup.
Price: $58.00/8 ounces
Richly tropical, sweetly herbaceous. Pineapple, passionfruit, lemon verbena, ginger blossom, toffee in aroma and cup. Sparkling acidity; plush, silky mouthfeel. Long, lingering harmonious finish.
Price: NT$ 800/8 ounces
Evaluated as espresso. Deeply chocolaty, richly floral, sweetly tart. Chocolate fudge, wisteria, black cherry, toffee, cedar in aroma and small cup. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel; long, flavor-laden finish. In cappuccino format, complex, nuanced and satiating.
Price: $24.00/12 ounces
Fruit-toned, chocolaty-rich. Boysenberry, dark chocolate, Laffy Taffy, pu’er tea, mandarinquat in aroma and small cup. Plush, creamy mouthfeel; crisply chocolaty and citrusy finish. In three parts milk, this coffee blooms and expands.
Price: $45.00/4 ounces
Intensely fruity and floral-toned, powerfully sweet. Pineapple, passionfruit, star jasmine, chocolate fudge, tangerine zest in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with winy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Incredibly long, harmonious, integrated finish.
Richly earthy, deeply spice-toned. Graphite, pink peppercorn, guava, fresh-cut cedar, lemon verbena in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet-savory with gently bright acidity; very full, satiny mouthfeel. Pleasing savory-leaning finish centered around graphite and pink peppercorn with undertones of sweet-tart guava.
Price: $29.00/12 ounces
Richly sweet, floral-toned. Wisteria, red plum, cocoa nib, hazelnut butter, marjoram in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-tart structure with vibrant acidity; very full, syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. Resonant, lingering flavor-saturated finish.
Floral-toned, rich with fruit. Star jasmine, passionfruit, cocoa nib, wild honey, cedar in aroma and cup. Brightly sweet acidity; very syrupy mouthfeel. Long, lingering, integrated finish.
Price: $28.00/10 ounces
Balanced, brightly sweet. Tangerine, bay leaf, cocoa nib, narcissus, fresh-cut oak in aroma and cup. High-toned acidity; crisp, syrupy mouthfeel. Long, lingering resonant finish.
Bright, balanced, juicy-sweet. Red plum, cocoa nib, blood orange, star jasmine, lemon verbena in aroma and cup. Richly sweet structure with vibrant acidity; very full, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is long, lingering and flavor-saturated.
Chocolaty and very floral. Dark chocolate fudge, vanilla orchid, pink peppercorn, calamansi, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Balanced, high-toned acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. Long, inviting, flavor-saturated finish.
Complex, integrated, harmonious. Early girl tomato, chamomile, lemongrass, calamansi, star jasmine in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with sparkling acidity; satiny, buoyant mouthfeel. Deep-toned, multi-layered finish that fulfills the promise of the cup.
Honey-sweet and spice-toned. Baking spices, honey, dark chocolate, lavender, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet in structure with a balancing tart and savory edge. Very smooth, silky-satiny mouthfeel. Balanced and comprehensive in the finish, alive with all of the notes from the cup.
Price: $27.00/100 grams
Richly aromatic, chocolaty and fruit-forward. Dark chocolate, bergamot, lychee, musk, tarragon in aroma and cup. Juicy-bright acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. Intense, quite long finish with leading notes of dark chocolate and tarragon.
Brightly sweet-tart, vibrant. Berry melange, cocoa nib, star jasmine, agave syrup, cedar in aroma and cup. Juicy, high-toned acidity; crisp, very syrupy mouthfeel. The sweet-toned finish centers around notes of raspberry and cocoa nib with undertones of star jasmine.
Price: $28.00/12 ounces
High-toned, chocolaty and richly aromatic. Malted chocolate, black cherry, cashew butter, pink grapefruit, toffee in aroma and cup. Brightly sweet structure with lively but restrained acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. The integrated finish carries over all the aroma and flavor notes from the cup.
Bright-toned, richly sweet. Pineapple, tamarind, tangerine zest, apple blossom, baking chocolate in aroma and cup. Crisp, malic (apple-like) acidity; smooth, viscous mouthfeel. Resonant, long, harmonious finish.
Deep, sweet, brandy-toned. Bittersweet chocolate, star jasmine, raisin, brandy, ripe banana in aroma and cup. Quite sweet in structure, with a balancing bitter edge. Big, plush mouthfeel. Chocolate and brandy particularly resonate in a rich finish.
Price: $39.95/12 ounces
Richly fruit-toned, chocolaty. Dark chocolate, red currant, tangerine zest, oak, honey in aroma and cup. Winy acidity; plush, creamy mouthfeel. Chocolaty, citrus-driven finish, invitingly bittersweet.