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: 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.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $15.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, chocolate-toned. Magnolia, chocolate fudge, hazelnut, gently scorched cedar, banana in aroma and small cup. Velvety mouthfeel; cocoa-toned, floral finish. Both flowers and cocoa carry expressively into cappuccino-scaled milk.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $6.00/250 grams

Bluekoff Company Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, gardenia-like flowers, green apple, gently scorched cedar, hazelnut in aroma and small cup. Satiny-smooth mouthfeel; richly drying finish with notes of green apple and cedar. In cappuccino-sized milk, green apple and rich nut butter are supported by spicy-sweet gardenia-like flowers and a hint of smoky cedar.

Review Date: Nov 2018

Price: $6.00/250 grams

Bluekoff Company Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, richly sweet. Baker’s chocolate, almond, molasses, narcissus, black cherry in aroma and small cup. Satiny body; resonant finish centers around baker’s chocolate and almond. In three parts milk, chocolate notes are amplified, and black cherry and sweet florals resurface.

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: NT $1400/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, rich-toned, floral. Jasmine, vanilla, pink grapefruit zest, cedar, dark chocolate in aroma and small cup. Delicate, lively mouthfeel; long, flavor-saturated finish. In cappuccino-scaled milk, notes of jasmine and vanilla take center stage, supported by dark chocolate.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: NT $1500/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply and richly sweet-savory. Blackberry, roasted cacao nib, tamarind, sandalwood, pistachio in aroma and small cup. Crisp but velvety-smooth mouthfeel; rich, resonant, flavor-laden finish. Berry and cocoa notes lead in cappuccino-scaled milk, followed by an intriguing hint of sandalwood.

Review Date: Oct 2018

Price: NT $2000/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep, richly chocolaty, sweetly tart. Dark chocolate, peach, candied almond, tangerine zest, magnolia-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Plush, satiny mouthfeel; resonant, long, bittersweet finish. In three parts milk, chocolate and magnolia-like flowers round and amplify.

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: $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: NT $275/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Chocolaty, floral-toned. Plumeria, baker’s chocolate, tangerine zest, fresh-cut cedar, tamarind in aroma and small cup. Crisp, syrupy mouthfeel; sweetly tart finish with notes of tamarind and baker’s chocolate. In three parts milk, rich chocolate tones provide ballast for tart tamarind, and plumeria notes elevate the whole with pervasive sweetness.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: NT $240/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. High-toned, richly sweet. Narcissus, dark chocolate, dried apricot, roasted hazelnut, pink grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Crisp, lively mouthfeel; resonant finish that consolidates to pink grapefruit zest and narcissus. In cappuccino-scaled milk, dark chocolate blooms in harmony with deep florals and hints of dried stone fruit.

Review Date: Sep 2018

Price: $15.16/500 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly roast-toned, chocolaty. Magnolia-like flowers, dark chocolate, gently scorched cedar, dried raspberry, roasted pistachio in aroma and small cup. Fully, syrupy mouthfeel; chocolate-toned finish with pleasing floral and nut tones. In three parts milk, dark chocolate is further foregrounded, along with crisply sweet nut tones.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: NT $400/225 gram

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly and deeply tart, floral and chocolaty. Passion fruit, dark chocolate, cedar, lilac, myrrh in aroma and small cup. Syrupy though rather dry in the mouthfeel; richly tart in the finish. Remains bright in three parts milk: chocolate, cedar and flowers.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $19.50/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet, richly floral-toned. Lavender, dark chocolate, red currant, almond butter, pink grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Delicate, viscous mouthfeel; richly drying finish centers around notes of tart fruit, dark chocolate and bittersweet, lavender-like flowers. Chocolaty and floral in three parts milk, with ongoing tart-fruit notes as well.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: NT $600/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet, spice-toned. Roasted cashew, gardenia, apricot, cardamom, baker’s chocolate in aroma and small cup. Satiny mouthfeel; richly layered finish with notes of chocolate and faintly smoky aromatic wood. Crisply and persuasively chocolaty in three parts milk.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $20.00/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, lively, sweet-toned. Bergamot, cherry, magnolia, roasted cacao nib, almond in aroma and small cup. Velvety mouthfeel; sweetly tart, richly drying finish. Cherry tones come forward in three parts milk, supported by deep chocolate.