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: 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

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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.

Review Date: May 2018

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, brightly tart. Dark chocolate, lily-like flowers, blood orange zest, peach, cedar in aroma and small cup. Punchy, syrupy mouthfeel; crisp, cocoa-toned finish with lasting notes of citrus zest. In three-parts milk, the sweet-tartness of the shot carries through, bringing dark chocolate along for the ride.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: THB $320/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Simple but round, resonantly pungent, balanced. Dark chocolate, cedar, plum, blood orange zest, a hint of anise in aroma and small cup. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around chocolate and cedar in a sweet though drying finish. Crisp and chocolaty in three parts milk, nuanced by hints of orange zest and anise.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $16.49/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Bright, richly sweet-tart. Raspberry jam, hazelnut butter, baker’s chocolate, lilac, a hint of bourbon barrel in aroma and small cup. Lightly creamy mouthfeel; cocoa-toned finish with notes of raspberry jam and hazelnut. Florals return in three parts milk, with big wisteria-like notes in the short and more sweet-tart raspberry jam in the long.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $18.75/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Layered, complex. Dark chocolate, mango, grapefruit zest, cedar, lily-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Mango, chocolate and a hint of flowers persist in a deeply resonant finish. Crisply lively in three-parts milk: continued chocolate and mango-like fruit, while the floral suggestions hint at butterscotch.

Review Date: Apr 2018

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Roundly and sweetly tart/pungent. Baker’s chocolate, almond, cedar, tangerine zest, wisteria-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Syrupy, full mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rather dry though pleasingly chocolate- and cedar-toned finish. Crisp in three-parts milk: dry chocolate and rich floral hints.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, lily, caramelized walnut, grapefruit zest, fresh-cut fir in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy body; richly drying, citrus-toned finish. Chocolaty and floral-toned in three parts milk.

Review Date: Mar 2018

Price: NT $500/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly floral, chocolate-toned, sweetly tart. Wisteria, dark chocolate, tangerine zest, molasses, dried apricot in aroma and small cup. Viscous, lightly syrupy mouthfeel; crisp, cocoa-toned finish. Very floral in cappuccino-scaled milk: Notes of wisteria and dark chocolate dominate, nuanced by tangerine zest and dried apricot.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet-tart. Dark chocolate, narcissus, candied blood orange zest, almond butter, cedar in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy body; citrus- and cedar-toned finish. In three parts milk, notes of dark chocolate pleasin

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet-savory, intense, balanced. Spicy-toned flowers, tangerine zest, red berries, cedar, dark chocolate, roasted cashew in aroma and small cup. Syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. Flowers, chocolate and citrus all carry into a resonant though slightly drying finish. Gently and sweetly citrusy in three parts milk, with a continued backgrounded chocolate and nut.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: NT $550/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, deeply roast-toned. Dark-chocolate, ripe pear, scorched sandalwood, tangerine zest, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Syrupy, plump mouthfeel; resonant finish is dry but alive with aromatics: dark chocolate, sandalwood, hints of flowers and tangerine. Dry but deep, chocolaty and nuanced in three parts milk.

Review Date: Feb 2018

Price: $6.00/250 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Fruit- and chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, ripe plum, lily-like flowers, molasses, a hint of fresh earth in aroma and small cup. Creamy-textured, mildly tannic mouthfeel; crisp, savory-leaning finish. In three parts milk, chocolate notes take center stage, supported by stone fruit and deep florals.