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: Dec 2016

Price: RMB $70.00/450 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, wood-toned. Almond brittle, baker’s chocolate, cedar, candied kumquat, narcissus in aroma and small cup. Lean though satiny body. The flavor-saturated short finish consolidates to a gently drying long with notes of candied citrus and baker’s chocolate. In three parts milk, the citrus tones turn a bit sharp, though pleasing chocolate notes persist.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: RMB $60.00/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet, wood-framed. Fresh-cut fir, baked apple, cocoa, raisin, lily in aroma and small cup. Satiny mouthfeel. The finish leads with raisin and lily in the short, consolidating to cocoa-toned fir in the long. In three parts milk, aromatic wood notes are highlighted with hints of cocoa and dried fruit.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Bluekoff Company Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Fruit-toned, chocolaty. Ripe blueberry, dark chocolate, spiced rum, walnut, lily in aroma and small cup. Syrupy though dry mouthfeel. The bittersweet finish displays pleasing chocolate notes in the short, consolidating to gently drying walnut-like tones in the long. Balanced in three parts milk, where hints of blueberry return and richly drying chocolate and nut tones persist.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Bluekoff Company Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, richly sweet. Dark chocolate, cedar, pomegranate, hazelnut, rhododendron-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Satiny-smooth mouthfeel. Pomegranate and dark chocolate resonate in a deep finish. Flavor-saturated in three parts milk, where chocolate and tart fruit notes amplify and hazelnut and vanilla-like floral notes revive.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Bluekoff Company Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly and roundly tart. Dark chocolate, maple syrup, cedar, magnolia, ripe banana in aroma and small cup. Delicately tart; velvety body. The crisp finish balances fruit and floral notes. Both carry with pleasing clarity into three parts milk.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: THB $200/250 grams

Bluekoff Company Logo

Evaluated as espresso. Mild, sweetly crisp. Carob, orange zest, gently scorched oak, raisin, lily in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The balanced finish is redolent of carob and aromatic wood notes. Gently drying in three parts milk, with a hint of sweet floral tones.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: NT $450/8 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Savory-sweet, chocolaty. Buttery dark chocolate, apricot, cedar, orange zest, a hint of anise in aroma and small cup. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel; chocolaty though a bit salty in the finish. Blossoms and softens nicely in three parts milk: apricot and chocolate.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: NT $1000/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Deeply rich, intricately aromatic. Sandalwood, tangerine zest, baker’s chocolate, ripe plum, wisteria in aroma and small cup. Delicate, silky mouthfeel; floral-toned, zesty, slightly drying finish. Softens and blooms with vast, flavor-saturated elegance in three parts milk: chocolate, plum, flowers, more.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: NT $1000/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Rich, deep, roundly spicy. A particularly aromatic cedar plus caramel, almond butter, peach, rose-like flowers in aroma and small cup. Full, velvety mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around a cedar-toned chocolate in a resonant finish. Crisp and delicate in three parts milk: continued cedar and chocolate.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: NT $1400/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweetly rich, chocolaty. Chocolate fudge, myrrh, sandalwood, frangipane, lavender in aroma and small cup. Full, fudge-like body. The lavender- and sandalwood-inflected finish is also deeply chocolaty, resonant and sweet. Sweet and savory are enticingly balanced in three parts milk.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: NT $2800/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, intensely sweet, balanced. Jasmine, tangerine, cedar, baker’s chocolate, almond in aroma and small cup. Plush, syrupy body. The richly drying, sweet finish consolidates to almond and fruit-toned chocolate. Both the almond and chocolate carry brightly into three parts milk.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: RMB $105/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet, gently spicy, pungent. Hazelnut, apricot, lily-like flowers, fresh-cut fir, a hint of frankincense in aroma and small cup. Velvety mouthfeel. Fir and a suggestion of chocolate animate a quiet, sweet-toned finish. Fir and nut-toned chocolate dominate in three-parts milk.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: NT $1300/16 ounces

Simon Hsieh: No. 25 Coffee of 2016

Evaluated as espresso. Exuberant, vibrantly composed. Buttery chocolate, wisteria, blood orange zest, almond, pineapple guava in aroma and small cup. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The rich finish is flower-forward and chocolaty, precise in its clarity. It continues to impress in three parts milk, which further sweetens the chocolate notes and rounds the bright fruit tones.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Balanced, sweetly tart. Dark chocolate, pomegranate, Oolong tea, rose-like flowers, almond in aroma and small cup. Delicate, silky mouthfeel. Clean, sweet finish, with a savory resonance. In three parts milk, chocolate tones re-emerge, along with hints of roasted almond.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Smooth, fragrant, lively. The three reviewers for this coffee lined up nicely in respect to rating: John DiRuocco at 93, Jen Apodaca at 93, and Ken at 94. All found the buoyant, richly silky mouthfeel particularly impressive (Jen: “light and airy on the tongue like a meringue cookie”). All three reviewers additionally cited caramel notes, and two sweet flowers. The subtle but explicit sweetness attracted a range of candy-toned positives, from vanilla marshmallow (Jen) to, in three parts milk, dulce de leche (John).

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $15.99/12 ounces

Magnolia Coffee Logo

Evaluated as espresso. All three reviewers praised this espresso for its clean, citrusy/orangy sweetness: “orange hard candy” for co-taster Jen Apodaca (94); orange and brown sugar for John DiRuocco (93); tart but juicy blood orange for Ken (93). All found notes that rounded and complicated the citrus: the brown sugar for John, caramel for Ken, Concord grape for Jen. Jen was most enthusiastic and explicit about what this coffee brought to three parts milk: “tasted like cherry pie.”

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Sweet, balanced, engagingly layered. Driven by sweet ripe citrus—co-taster John DiRuocco (92) associated it with orange, Jen Apodaca (93) with tangerine, Ken (93) with sweet grapefruit—and intriguing floral/herbal notes: Jen wild fennel, Ken lavender. Everyone was particularly impressed with a general resonant complexity and balance in flavor and finish. Jen felt the sample faded a bit in three parts milk, but Ken and John read continued quiet intrigue, especially Ken, who found delicate grapefruit and chocolate.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: NA

Evaluated as espresso. An engagingly exotic coffee that polarized the three reviewers: John DiRuocco was lukewarm at 90, whereas Jen Apodaca was very enthusiastic at 95; Ken landed in the middle at 93. Ken read the coffee as driven by an attractive sweet ferment that for him suggested winey grape edging on grappa; John cited a fruit that for him was simultaneously ripe, tart and spicy; Jen went entirely positive on the fruit notes, citing in particular mango and passion fruit – fruit that taken together perhaps echoes John’s lush, tart and spicy reading. The cup was intense for John but not entirely coherent, while Jen found it expressed a “nice balance of acidity and sweetness.” Everyone found the coffee attractively complex in three parts milk, simultaneously lushly sweet and tart.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: CAD $15.00/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Sturdy, balanced, chocolaty. All three reviewers (John DiRuocco 92, Jen Apodaca 94, Ken 92) cited caramel and chocolate; two read a particularly sweet orange (Ken called it orange marmalade). A “chocolate bomb” for John in three parts milk; for Ken the chocolate continued ripely orange-toned.

Review Date: Nov 2016

Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Clean, sweet, gently tart, honey-toned. All three reviewers were impressed by the clean, sweet balance of this espresso, delivering almost identical scores: John DiRuocco 92, Jen Apodaca 93, Ken 92. Honey figured in everyone’s descriptors; Ken and John also found berry and a backgrounded cocoa butter. Citrusy in three parts milk, with an enveloping chocolate. “I could drink this every day,” Jen added.