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: Aug 2018

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Fruit-toned, crisply sweet-tart. Ripe strawberry, dark chocolate, pink grapefruit zest, salted caramel, a hint of grapey spirits (think grappa barrel) in aroma and small cup. Velvety-smooth mouthfeel; resonant, long, fruit-toned finish with a continued suggestion of grappa barrel. In three parts milk, richly sweet with notes of salted caramel and dark chocolate and a hint of berryish fruit.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $23.50/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Fruit-toned, chocolaty. Black cherry, brandy, dark chocolate, sandalwood, lavender in aroma and small cup. Crisp, silky mouthfeel; spice-toned finish, redolent of sandalwood. A hint of sweet, brandy-like ferment lingers in three parts milk, supported by deep chocolate notes and spicy aromatic wood.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, lively, chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, macadamia nut, date, cedar, honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Crisp, velvety mouthfeel; clean, richly drying finish with notes of date and cedar. Balanced in three parts milk, with notes of dark chocolate supported by rich aromatic wood.

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.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $18.00/12 ounces

No.27 Coffee of 2018

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, richly sweet, fruit- and cocoa-toned. Pomegranate, dark chocolate, narcissus, hazelnut, vanilla in aroma and small cup. Plush, creamy mouthfeel; sweetly tart finish with notes of pomegranate and hazelnut. Resonant and flavor-saturated in three parts milk; chocolate and tart fruit lead, with narcissus-like flowers ringing into the long finish.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $35.00/12 ounces

Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Apricot, lychee, sandalwood, cashew butter, honeysuckle in aroma and small cup. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel; rich finish that surfaces herb notes suggesting marjoram, along with lychee and apricot. In three parts milk, this coffee is fruit-driven, its tartness tempered by honeysuckle and sandalwood notes.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: NT $850/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Lush, complex, richly sweet-savory. Peach, fine musk, cocoa powder, freesia-like flowers, pungent frankincense in aroma and small cup. Plump, syrupy mouthfeel; clean, crisp, cocoa-toned finish. The cocoa notes from the small cup bloom into dark chocolate in cappuccino-scaled milk, nicely complicated by flowers and frankincense.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: NT $1500/8 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2018 - No. 24

Evaluated as espresso. Rose-like flowers, chocolate fudge, cannabis flower, black cherry, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Syrupy, vibrant mouthfeel; richly drying, sweet-savory finish. This coffee levitates in three parts milk, with rich notes of rose-like flowers ensconced in deep chocolate and a cannabis-like muskiness.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Top 30 Coffees of 2018 - No. 14

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply rich, crisply sweet, fruit- and chocolate-toned. Dried mango, chocolate fudge, narcissus-like flowers, roasted almond, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Lively, silky smooth mouthfeel; resonant, flavor-saturated finish. The chocolate-forward presentation in three parts milk is nuanced by notes of mango and fresh-cut cedar.

Review Date: Aug 2018

Price: $12.00/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Vibrant and engaging; richly sweet-tart. Pomegranate, dark chocolate, blood orange zest, narcissus, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp, resonant finish. In three parts milk, both chocolate and floral tones bloom, supported by hints of spicy citrus zest and aromatic wood notes.

Review Date: Jul 2018

Price: $18.49/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply sweet, richly tart. Lilac, cocoa powder, watermelon candy, grapefruit zest, cedar in aroma and small cup. Crisp, velvety mouthfeel; resonant, long finish that opens with watermelon and concludes with pink grapefruit zest, with cocoa and lilac ranged between. In three parts milk, nicely balanced cocoa and floral tones.

Review Date: Jul 2018

Price: NT $600/227 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, floral-toned. Magnolia, baker’s chocolate, salted cashew, marjoram, black cherry in aroma and small cup. Crisp yet velvety mouthfeel; dry, sweetly savory (herbaceous) finish. In three parts milk, bittersweet cocoa tones predominate, supported by ripe black cherry and salted cashew.

Review Date: Jul 2018

Price: NT $850/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, caramelly. Orange zest, dark caramel, fir, raisin, freesia in aroma and small cup. Full, satiny mouthfeel; wood-framed, caramel- and fruit-toned finish. In three parts milk, raisin and caramel notes are foregrounded, with spice-toned, freesia-like flowers underneath.

Review Date: Jul 2018

Price: CAD $15.00/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet, lively, chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, peach, blood orange zest, wisteria, almond brittle in aroma and small cup. Crisp, satiny mouthfeel; gently drying, chocolaty finish. In three parts milk, notes of wisteria and peach are elevated, with almond brittle resurfacing in the long.

Review Date: Jul 2018

Price: $16.99/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, aromatic, chocolate-toned. Baker’s chocolate, fresh-cut cedar, lilac-like flowers, hints of tangerine zest and fresh-turned earth in aroma and small cup. Fat, full mouthfeel. Chocolate and flowers survive in the short finish, though fade in the long. Quiet and and crisply cocoa-toned in three-parts milk, with quiet complications of flowers and nut, perhaps pistachio.

Review Date: Jun 2018

Price: NT $450/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Intricate, layered, richly sweet. Narcissus, dark chocolate, singed cedar, black truffle, ripe papaya in aroma and small cup. Lively, syrupy body. Floral, sweet-savory finish, with notes of dark chocolate throughout, supported by narcissus and black truffle. In three parts milk, the chocolate and floral notes are both rounded and enlivened.

Review Date: Jun 2018

Price: $12.50/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Floral-toned, deeply sweet. Lilac, toffee, black cherry, cedar, orange zest in aroma and small cup. Crisp, satiny mouthfeel; gently drying finish carried by notes of toffee and lilac in the short, orange zest and cedar in the long. Especially floral-driven in cappucino-scaled milk, with the rich toffee notes also amplified.

Review Date: Jun 2018

Price: NT $480/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, chocolate-toned. Chocolate fudge, magnolia, almond brittle, tangerine zest, cedar in aroma and small cup. Crisp, satiny mouthfeel; wood-framed, floral-toned finish. In three parts milk, notes of chocolate fudge resonate and linger, along with sweet magnolia-like flowers and hints of cedar.

Review Date: Jun 2018

Price: NT $480/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, fruit-toned, balanced. Baker’s chocolate, pomegranate, gardenia, grapefruit zest, fresh-cut fir in aroma and small cup. Lean, smooth mouthfeel; gently drying, cocoa-toned finish, with hints of grapefruit zest. In cappuccino-scaled milk, baker’s chocolate is center stage, supported by notes of sweet-tart fruit.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $17.60/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Intensely pungent, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, black cherry, almond, myrrh, star jasmine in aroma and small cup. Buoyant, silky mouthfeel; long, lingering finish characterized by dark chocolate and stone fruit. In three parts milk, suggestions of myrrh and star jasmine support the throughline of fudge-like chocolate notes.