Espresso Reviews

We have published hundreds of espresso reviews since 1997. The reviews below appear in reverse chronological order. You may refine your search by key word or category using links to the right. Older espresso reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: HK $125.00/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply sweet, richly tart, pungent. Dark chocolate, jasmine, mango, green tea, tangerine zest, cedar in aroma and small cup. Full and syrupy though slightly rough mouthfeel. The finish consolidates around quiet cocoa and citrus. Flowers and green tea in particular carry into three parts milk.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: HK $125.00/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly nutty with a slight salty edge. Nut (roasted almond, peanut-butter), dark chocolate, scorched oak, prune, pungent lily in aroma and small cup. Mouthfeel is lightly satiny. The short finish consolidates around bittersweet nut, with a slight drying edge in the long. In three parts milk, distinctly nutty and bittersweet with hints of cocoa.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: NT $180/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, rich, chocolaty. Dried apricot, dark chocolate, hazelnut, molasses, cedar in aroma and small cup. Satiny smooth mouthfeel; crisp, sweetly nut-toned finish. Chocolate leads in three parts milk, followed by notes of molasses and hazelnut.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $15.90/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Round, balanced; softly and sweetly tart. Mango, orange zest, pistachio, cedar, cocoa. Satiny mouthfeel. Cedar, nut and cocoa carry into a resonant, lightly drying finish. Custardy orange and chocolate dominate in three parts milk.

Review Date: May 2019

Price: $19.00/200 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Complex, juicy, richly tart. Almond, dark chocolate, guava, tangerine zest, star jasmine in aroma and small cup. Light, very silky mouthfeel; chocolate, fruit and flowers all carry into a cleanly sweet, delicately drying finish. Flavor-saturated in three parts milk: almond, chocolate, guava, flowers all resonate in rich, custardy balance.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $490/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Bittersweet, richly pungent, chocolaty and floral. Dark chocolate, plum, cedar, magnolia in aroma and small cup. Plump, satiny mouthfeel; bittersweet and chocolaty in the finish. Chocolate and flowers dominate in three parts milk.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $16.20/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Richly savory-leaning, deeply sweet. Tamarind, dark chocolate, sunchoke, wisteria, almond butter in aroma and small cup. Velvety-smooth mouthfeel; cocoa- and nut-toned finish. In three parts milk, sweet and savory present in particularly harmonious balance.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $360/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Graceful, complex, balanced. Pomegranate, dark chocolate, jasmine, pink peppercorn, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Plush, satiny mouthfeel; crisp, spiced-toned, chocolaty finish. In three parts milk, notes of dark chocolate and deep jasmine resonate, with pleasing undertones of aromatic wood.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: $48.95/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Juicy, buoyant, bright. Pineapple, sandalwood, cacao nib, magnolia, rose in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy, satiny in mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates and layers in a sweet, cocoa-toned finish with a continuing hint of pineapple. Delicate and crisp in three parts milk: sweet cocoa and flowers.

Review Date: Apr 2019

Price: NT $210/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply sweet, chocolaty. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, dried cherry, cedar in aroma and small cup. Buoyant, velvety mouthfeel; long, resonant cocoa and nut-toned finish. Chocolate notes take center stage in cappuccino-scaled milk, supported by dried cherry and vanilla.

Review Date: Mar 2019

Price: $28.00/500 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Chocolaty, richly sweet-tart. Dark chocolate, gently scorched cedar, gardenia, almond, graham cracker in aroma and small cup. Crisp, velvety mouthfeel; richly drying finish that centers around chocolate and aromatic wood notes. In three parts milk, the chocolate takes on a dessert-like quality, grounded by hints of smoky, cedary aromatic wood.

Review Date: Mar 2019

Price: $17.99/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Dark chocolate, tangerine zest, black cherry, cedar, violet in aroma and small cup. Viscous, satiny mouthfeel; crisply sweet-tart finish. Chocolate and citrus zest are pleasingly amplified in three parts milk, with notes of black cherry and violet-like flowers carrying into the long finish.

Review Date: Feb 2019

Price: $22.00/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Evaluated as espresso. Floral-toned, sweetly roast-deep. Frangipane, chocolate fudge, black currant, jasmine, gently scorched cedar in aroma and small cup. Velvety-smooth mouthfeel; the rich, resonant finish centers around notes of black currant and jasmine with with hints of salted fudge. In three parts milk, chocolate and floral tones bloom richly, and black currant deepens.

Review Date: Feb 2019

Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, sweetly tart. Cocoa powder, hazelnut, orange zest, pomegranate, fir in aroma and small cup. Crisp, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; sweet cocoa-toned finish. In three parts milk, cocoa notes are amplified, punctuated by orange zest and fir.

Review Date: Jan 2019

Price: CAD $29.99/32 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply rich, sweetly roast-rounded. Dark chocolate, gently scorched cedar, magnolia, black cherry, almond in aroma and small cup. Full, satiny mouthfeel; crisp, resonant finish centered around dark chocolate and black cherry notes, underscored by cedar-like aromatic wood. In three parts milk, the chocolate blooms and and notes of black cherry and magnolia resurface.

Review Date: Jan 2019

Price: NT $250/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, chocolaty, sweetly tart. Dark chocolate, peach, Szechuan peppercorn, orange zest, myrrh in aroma and small cup. Smooth, satiny mouthfeel; resonant, chocolaty finish. In three parts milk, notes of Szechuan peppercorn and dark chocolate harmonize sweetly, with undercurrents of peach and myrrh.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $9.00/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly roast-toned, chocolaty. Dark chocolate, raisin, gently scorched fir, almond, a hint of lush, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Creamy mouthfeel; crisp, richly drying finish. In three park milk, notes of dark chocolate lead the way, supported by raisin and smoky aromatic wood.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Espresso Republic Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, cocoa-toned. Cocoa powder, date, magnolia, molasses, oak in aroma and small cup. Satiny-smooth mouthfeel; resonant, chocolaty finish with notes of magnolia and oak. In three parts milk, floral tones are amplified, and cocoa notes are integrated with roasty-sweet aromatic wood.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $21.50/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, chocolate-toned and cedary. Dark chocolate, pecan, gently scorched cedar, ripe banana, tangerine zest in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; roundly bittersweet in the finish: chocolate, cedar, tangerine. Cedar dominates in three parts milk, quietly enveloped by chocolate and ripe banana.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: NT $300/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Richly floral-toned, elegant, balanced. Watermelon, pink grapefruit zest, Nutella, sandalwood, tiger lily in aroma and small cup. Syrupy-smooth mouthfeel; long, flavor-saturated finish. Sweet cocoa and hazelnut tones are elevated in three parts milk, with continuing floral resonance.