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: Mar 2017

Price: $12.75/12 ounces

Fruit-toned, roast-rounded. Brown sugar, cherry blossom, ripe blueberry, gently singed cedar, vanilla paste in aroma and cup. Delicate, balanced acidity; round, velvety mouthfeel. Notes of brown sugar, vanilla and blueberry carry the short finish, all of which fade with slow elegance into the long.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $12.75/10 ounces

Delicate, sweetly tart. Red currant, roasted cacao nib, orange zest, graham cracker, marjoram in aroma and cup. Crisp, balanced acidity; velvety mouthfeel. The finish resonates with flavor, particularly savory-sweet red currant and orange zest in the short. sweet marjoram notes in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, chocolaty, floral-toned. Grapefruit, dark chocolate, hazelnut butter, lavender, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Lively, full, velvety mouthfeel; tart, aromatic wood-framed finish. Dark chocolate notes are enlivened in three parts milk, with intimations of lavender-like flowers throughout.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Logo

Deeply sweet, richly earth-toned. Pipe tobacco, lime zest, ripe pear, freesia, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned, vibrant acidity; very delicate, silky-smooth mouthfeel. The crisp, flavor-saturated finish leads with notes of pipe tobacco in the short, sweetening toward ripe pear and spice-toned florals in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $10.00/8 ounces

Richly savory, sweetly herb-toned. Honey, rosemary flower, baker’s chocolate, black currant, almond in aroma and cup. Juicy, vibrant acidity; delicate, velvety mouthfeel. Savory-sweet notes of almond and rosemary flower carry the richly drying, resonant finish.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Cleanly fruit-toned and floral. Strawberry, alyssum, allspice, almond butter, sweet chocolate in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy, sweet-tart acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The richly drying finish centers around strawberry in the short and rounds to spice-toned chocolate in the long.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $17.49/16 ounces

No. 14 Coffee of the Top 30 Coffees of 2017

Sweetly tart, delicately spicy. Pomegranate, cocoa nib, brown sugar, clove, grapefruit blossom in aroma and cup. Big, juicy, sweet-tart acidity; crisp, velvety mouthfeel. All aroma and flavor notes carry harmoniously into a resonant, flavor-saturated finish.

Review Date: Jan 2017

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

No. 12 Coffee on the Top 30 Coffees of 2017

Crisply sweet, intricately layered. Grapefruit, cocoa nib, honeysuckle, white sage, a suggestion of wild mushroom in aroma and cup. Juicy, balanced acidity; velvety-smooth mouthfeel. The sweet-savory finish is flavor-saturated, leading with fruit and floral tones in the short and culminating in umami-toned intrigue with hints of white sage and wild mushroom.

Review Date: Jan 2017

Price: $18.60/12 ounces

Top 30: No. 3 coffee of 2017

Intensely rich, complex, vast. Plumeria, chocolate fudge, white grapefruit, perique (fermented) pipe tobacco, white truffle in aroma and cup. Juicy, bright acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish is long, balanced, and reiterates all of the tendencies in the cup: sweet (plumeria, chocolate), tart (white grapefruit), savory (pipe tobacco, truffle).

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Delicately and richly sweet; balanced. Lemon verbena, myrrh, honeysuckle, spearmint, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Crisply juicy, sweetly tart acidity; satiny mouthfeel. The gently drying, flavor-saturated finish is resonant with citrus and sweet herb enveloped in cocoa tones.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

No. 10 coffee of 2016: Kickapoo Ethiopia Charbanta

Delicately lush, deeply sweet. Blueberry, bergamot, wisteria, chocolate fudge, a hint of whisky in aroma and cup. Bright, lively acidity; syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. The resonant, flavor-saturated finish carries through on all the promises of the cup, including the suggestion of highlands Scotch whisky, a discreet touch of elegant, fruit-toned sweet ferment.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Delicately rich, crisp, balanced. Dried apricot, baker’s chocolate, rhododendron, orange zest, cinnamon in aroma and cup. Lively, juicy acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Cinnamon-like spice leads in the short finish; dried fruit and vanilla-like flowers resonate in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Magnolia Coffee Logo

Sweetly pungent, rich-toned. Apricot, pipe tobacco, narcissus, dark chocolate, pink peppercorn in aroma and cup. Gentle, round acidity; plush, satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish opens with spicy chocolate tones in the short, followed by intimations of deep pipe tobacco and sweet narcissus in the long.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $16.25/12 ounces

Kean Coffee Logo

Sweetly tart, deeply floral. Honeysuckle, mango, sarsparilla, butterscotch, pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Juicy, buoyantly tart acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The quietly resonant finish centers around sarsparilla and butterscotch.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $23.99/12 ounces

Coffee of the Year: Bird Rock Kenya Guama Peaberry

Luscious, deeply sweet, sumptuous. Blackberry, lavender, marjoram, roasted cacao nib, grapefruit zest in aroma and cup. Rich, juicy acidity; smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. The long, flavor-saturated finish is zesty and sweet, offering a surprise appearance of tropical fruit notes (coconut) that resonate for a long while.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Richly and sweetly pungent. Concord grape, roasted cacao nib, cedar, hazelnut, lemon blossom in aroma and cup. Brisk, lightly juicy acidity; delicate, satiny mouthfeel. The crisp, nut-toned finish leads with Concord grape notes in the short and cedar in the long, with hazelnut throughout.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, sweetly tart. Dark chocolate, pomegranate, Oolong tea, rose-like flowers, almond in aroma and small cup. Delicate, silky mouthfeel. Clean, sweet finish, with a savory resonance. In three parts milk, chocolate tones re-emerge, along with hints of roasted almond.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Deeply rich, sweetly spicy. Butterscotch, pipe tobacco, rhododendron, juniper berry, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Lively, juicy acidity; plush, velvety mouthfeel. The engaging finish is laden with notes of sweet pipe tobacco and butterscotch.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $17.95/12 ounces

Intensely sweet and savory, exotic. Passionfruit, frankincense, grapefruit zest, rose, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Bright, lyrical acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The rich, long, cocoa-toned finish is flavor-saturated, all the notes from the cup persisting, passionfruit and grapefruit zest in particular.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Smooth, fragrant, lively. The three reviewers for this coffee lined up nicely in respect to rating: John DiRuocco at 93, Jen Apodaca at 93, and Ken at 94. All found the buoyant, richly silky mouthfeel particularly impressive (Jen: “light and airy on the tongue like a meringue cookie”). All three reviewers additionally cited caramel notes, and two sweet flowers. The subtle but explicit sweetness attracted a range of candy-toned positives, from vanilla marshmallow (Jen) to, in three parts milk, dulce de leche (John).