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: Sep 2010

Price: $8.49/10 oz.

Notes of pipe tobacco, cherry and pungent aromatic wood in the aroma. Simplifies slightly in the cup, with continued aromatic wood and hints of baker’s chocolate and nut. Pungent, roast-toned, softly astringent finish.

Review Date: Sep 2010

Price: $12.99/12 oz.

Evaluated as espresso. In the small cup impressively deep and complex. Co-taster Andy Newbom (92) cited the range and balance of sensation (“intense yet nuanced”; “awesome”); Ken (92) was more specific in his praise of a pungent, slightly savory fruit: “black currant, blackberry, aromatic wood, licorice.” Maintains complexity in four parts milk: “chocolaty… completely malty” (Andy), “crisp, butterscotch and caramel” (Ken).

Review Date: Jul 2010

Price: $8.49/10 oz.

In the aroma orangy citrus, molasses, nut, black currant. In the cup richly tart acidity, lightly syrupy body, and shifting, complex flavor: pungent aromatic wood, black currant, blackberry, ripe citrus, molasses. All saturate the long, resonant finish with an exquisite dematerialized essence of flavor.