Best Value Coffees

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The coffees and espressos that appear below demonstrate exceptional value relative to other coffees of similar quality and distinctiveness as reflected in their overall score. These best value coffees often sell out quickly and may no longer be available. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee.

Review Date: Dec 2018

Price: $16.99/12 ounces

Balanced, richly sweet, tart and savory. Fine musk, dried hibiscus flowers, perique (fermented) pipe tobacco, candy cap mushroom, apricot in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart-savory structure with punchy acidity; lightly creamy, viscous mouthfeel. The rich-toned finish centers around apricot and umami-redolent notes akin to candy cap mushroom.

Review Date: Dec 2018

Price: $30.00/250 grams

Elegantly rich, decadently fruit-toned. Dark chocolate, raspberry liqueur, frankincense, freesia-like flowers, almond brittle in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet in structure with vibrant acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish is long and saturated with all of the flavors and aromas of the cup.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $16.25/10 ounces

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Complexly layered, deeply sweet-savory. Watermelon, fresh-cut pine, roasted cacao nib, lemon verbena, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with juicy, bright acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of watermelon and cacao nib, supported by rich fresh-cut pine.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $12.25/12 ounces

Roasty-sweet, richly chocolaty. Dark chocolate, gently scorched cedar, gardenia, grapefruit zest, roasted almond in aroma and cup. Briskly bittersweet in structure; satiny-smooth in mouthfeel. Notes of dark chocolate and smoky cedar carry the resonant finish.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: $16.25/10 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2018 - No. 25

Vibrant, rich-toned, sweetly-tart. Tart berry, roasted cacao nib, crisp, bittersweet hop flowers, sandalwood, agave syrup in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with engaging, juicy acidity; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The savory-leaning finish is driven by hop flowers, with cocoa nib as another throughline supporting the dried fruit and spicy aromatic wood notes.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Magnolia Coffee Logo

Crisp, richly sweet. Magnolia, dried persimmon, hazelnut, molasses, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet in structure with round, gentle acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The finish is resonant with magnolia, dried persimmon and hazelnut notes.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: $14.45/12 ounces

Barrington Coffee Roasters - No. 6 Coffee of 2018

Evaluated as espresso. Luminous, complexly layered, impossibly rich. Caramelized pineapple, tamarind, star jasmine, chocolate fudge, myrrh in aroma and small cup. Creamy, vivacious mouthfeel; long, flavor-saturated finish. Close to otherworldly in three parts milk: All the notes from the cup harmonize, and new notes surface: suggestions of lychee, pink grapefruit zest, marjoram.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: $13.50/12 ounces

Crisply sweet, fruit-toned. Raspberry, roasted cacao nib, honey, fresh-cut fir, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Richly sweet-tart in structure with vibrant acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The long, lasting finish centers around cocoa-toned honey and freesia.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: $11.95/12 ounces

Mystic Monk Coffee Logo

Sweetly roast-toned, richly chocolaty. Dark chocolate, dried apricot, fine musk, fresh-cut fir, azalea in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with gentle, round acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish consolidates to notes of chocolate and dried apricot.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Balanced, rich-toned, crisply sweet. Baker’s chocolate, plum, hazelnut, maple syrup, wisteria in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet structure with lively acidity; viscous, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is cocoa-laden, with supporting notes of stone fruit and nuts.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: NT $375/8 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2018 - No. 2

Deeply sweet-savory, energetic. Black currant, roasted cacao nib, star jasmine, almond butter, frankincense in aroma and cup. Richly sweet in structure with savory undertones and bright, lyrical acidity; full, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor-laden finish maintains the integrity of the cup well into the long.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: NT $290/8 ounces

Richly sweet-tart, floral-toned. Honeysuckle, mango, sandalwood, maple syrup, almond brittle in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with juicy, high-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish retains all of the nuance and flavor notes of the cup.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: $13.75/12 ounces

Rich-toned, sweetly savory. Dark chocolate, honeysuckle, apricot, pink grapefruit zest, cedar in aroma and cup. Savory-sweet in structure with gentle, rounded acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. The finish resonates with notes of chocolate-toned apricot and cedar.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Delicate, intricate, richly sweet. Dried jasmine, mango chutney, myrrh, baker’s chocolate, bergamot in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with lively acidity; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. Tart-leaning, rich-toned finish, characterized by notes of mango chutney and baker’s chocolate.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: $18.75/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffee of 2018 - No. 15

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, balanced, floral-toned. Dried jasmine, Concord grape, fine musk, mango, tangerine zest in aroma and small cup. Lively, silky-smooth mouthfeel; resonant, flavor-saturated finish. In cappuccino-scaled milk, jasmine and mango notes are further amplified, deepened by pungent musk underneath.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: $14.75/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2018 - No. 4

Deeply rich, sweet-savory, nuanced and layered. Dried mango, scent of fresh cigar, lemon verbena, pink grapefruit zest, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweetly savory structure with a crisp yet syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish maintains all of the complexity of the cup.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Elegantly fruit-toned and floral. Dried apricot, lychee, sandalwood, cashew butter, honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Plush, creamy mouthfeel; rich, resonant finish driven predominantly by notes of dried apricot and sandalwood. In three parts milk, an intriguing marjoram-like note surfaces, along with notes of deep fruit, aromatic wood, and a distinct sweet floral.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Logo

Sweet, deeply and complexly fruit-toned. Very ripe strawberry, pineapple guava, dark chocolate, distinct lavender-like flowers, aromatic cedar in aroma and cup. Roundly sweet in structure, with a gentle and pleasing bitter edge. Full, plush mouthfeel. Lavender and chocolate dominate in a faintly and pleasantly spirits-tinged finish.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $11.95/12 ounces

Spice-toned, richly sweet. Honeysuckle, pistachio, baking spices, apricot, molasses in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure with balanced, lively acidity; plump, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish leads with notes of apricot and honeysuckle in the short, rounding to spice-toned pistachio in the long.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $17.75/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, floral, spice-toned. Spearmint, black cherry, cedar, tangerine zest, plumeria-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Plush and buttery in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates to cocoa-toned citrus in a resonant finish. In three parts milk, an elegant cocoa surfaces, with supporting notes of sweet flowers and a hint of pungent cedar.