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: Sep 2017

Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Espresso Republic Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Baker’s chocolate, plum blossom, molasses, grapefruit zest, cedar in aroma and small cup. Crisp, lightly satiny mouthfeel; the finish consolidates around grapefruit zest and baker’s chocolate in the short, with notes of cedar returning in the long. In three parts milk, baker’s chocolate envelopes citrus zest and stone fruit notes in pleasing balance.

Review Date: Sep 2017

Price: NT $550/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Fruit-toned, sweetly tart. Raspberry jam, almond, dark chocolate, narcissus, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The crisp, chocolate-toned finish is complicated by complex, jammy notes of raspberry in the short, consolidating to dark chocolate and sandalwood in the long. In three parts milk, fruit and chocolate deepen and round.

Review Date: Aug 2017

Price: $18.95/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. High-toned, floral-savory. Wisteria, nut-toned chocolate, maraschino cherry, fresh-cut cedar, grapefruit zest in aroma and small cup. Lush, syrupy body. The sweetly crisp, tart finish is assertive and maintains all of the notes from the cup. In three parts milk, wisteria notes are elevated, supported by nut-toned chocolate suggestions.

Review Date: Aug 2017

Price: $17.25/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, richly layered. Jasmine, passionfruit, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood, lemon zest in aroma and small cup. Crisp, very silky mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to citrus notes grounded in rich aromatic wood. In three parts milk, all of the sweet notes bloom further, with spice-toned florals leading the way.

Review Date: Aug 2017

Price: $14.00/12 ounces

: Crisply sweet; caramelly. Cocoa powder, orange zest, lightly scorched cedar, pecan, a hint of sweet flowers in aroma and cup. Quietly round and briskly sweet in structure; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but persists in a straightforward, balanced finish.

Review Date: Jul 2017

Price: RMB $60/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, floral-toned. Wisteria, ginger, cedar, baker’s chocolate, blackberry in aroma and small cup. Velvety-smooth body; the finish is cocoa-toned with notes of gently scorched cedar that contribute a smoky nuance, especially in the long finish. In cappucino-scaled milk, chocolate notes deepen, florals open further, and berry notes recede.

Review Date: Jun 2017

Price: $15.75/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply and richly sweet-tart. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, black cherry, lavender, sandalwood in aroma and small cup. Delicate, silky mouthfeel; sweet, chocolate-toned finish with supporting notes of lavender and sandalwood. In three parts milk, pungent floral tones are elevated and sweet cocoa notes deepen.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: RMB $88.00/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Deep-toned, richly sweet. Baker’s chocolate, orange zest, gardenia-like flowers, vanilla, very lightly scorched oak in aroma and small cup. Velvety mouthfeel; notes of chocolate and orange zest carry the resonant, balanced finish. In three parts milk, chocolate dominates, while a very gently scorched oak and vanilla-like floral notes return, with hints of pretty citrus zest, in the finish.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: RMB $80.00/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply sweet-tart, with a slight savory edge. Gardenia-like flowers, dark chocolate, orange zest, almond, cedar in aroma and small cup. Crisp though syrupy mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to notes of dark chocolate, orange zest and almond in the short, cedar in the long. Dark chocolate and almond tones lead in three parts milk, where a pleasing suggestion of mint surfaces.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deep-toned, balanced, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, cherry blossom, pink grapefruit, coconut, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and small cup. Round, buttery mouthfeel; sweetly tart cedar- and floral-toned finish. Dark chocolate and coconut notes are amplified in three parts milk, supported by pleasant hints of aromatic cedar.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: HK $150/1 kilogram

Deeply rich and sweet. Molasses, almond, pear, lily, lightly singed cedar in aroma and cup. Bittersweet acidity; silky mouthfeel. Almond tones lead in the short, richly drying finish. Sweet molasses and floral notes dominate in in three parts milk.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: $16.95/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply sweet, floral- and cocoa-toned. Dark chocolate, narcissus, gently scorched cedar, plum, blood orange zest in aroma and small cup. Smooth, satiny mouthfeel. The gently drying finish leads with citrus zest and dark chocolate in the short and concludes with an intriguing, almost incense-like smoke-toned cedar in the long. Chocolate notes bloom in three parts milk, supported by narcissus and plum.

Review Date: May 2017

Price: NT $500/16 ounces

No. 15 Coffee of Top 30 Coffees of 2017

Evaluated as espresso. Richly and roundly bright; chocolaty and floral. Guava, tangerine, dark chocolate, sandalwood, lily in aroma and small cup. Smooth, silky-satiny mouthfeel; dry though flavor-saturated finish. Flowers, sweetly tart fruit and chocolate all carry with rich authority into three parts milk.

Review Date: Apr 2017

Price: $12.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly roast-toned and crisply chocolaty. Dark chocolate, gently scorched cedar, narcissus-like flowers, raisin in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Rich short finish, rather drying in the long. Dominates milk with a raisin- and floral-nuanced chocolate.

Review Date: Apr 2017

Price: $16.75/12 ounces

Temple Coffee Roasters

Evaluated as espresso. Dark chocolate, jasmine, rosewood, pear, blood orange zest in aroma and small cup. Delicate, syrupy mouthfeel; the finish consolidates to pear and dark chocolate in the short and aromatic rosewood in the long. In three parts milk, jasmine notes return in full spicy-floral splendor, while chocolate carries long into the finish.

Review Date: Apr 2017

Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Intensely aromatic and sweet. White peach, nougat, jasmine, tamarind, myrrh in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; richly drying, floral-toned finish with continued notes of white peach. In three parts milk, all of the aromatic notes converge, perfumy and complex.

Review Date: Mar 2017

Price: $17.85/12 ounces

JBC Coffee Roasters Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply rich, sweetly savory. Dark chocolate, orange zest, vanilla, tamarind, pungently spicy flowers (lantana?) in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; bold, sweetly tart finish with suggestions of cocoa-toned tamarind and orange zest. Crisply sweet in three parts milk, where notes of dark chocolate are amplified and the tart sweetness of tamarind-like fruit persists.

Review Date: Mar 2017

Price: NT $450/16 ounces

No. 11 coffee of 2017

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply floral, chocolate-toned. Wisteria-like flowers, ripe passion fruit, dark chocolate, blood orange zest, frankincense in aroma and small cup. Lively, silky-smooth mouthfeel; resonant, flavor-saturated finish. In three parts milk, the floral and chocolate notes are particularly amplified in harmonious balance.

Review Date: Feb 2017

Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Big, balanced, deeply sweet. Narcissus, caramel, tangerine zest, vanilla, cedar in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy mouthfeel; resonant, caramel-toned finish. In three parts milk, fruit tones are magnified, in particular bittersweet tangerine zest, while hints of narcissus persist underneath.

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.