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: 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.

Review Date: Jan 2017

Price: NT $1500/16 ounces

Evaluated as espresso. Crisp, deeply sweet, complex. Sandalwood, lychee, orange zest, narcissus, cumin in aroma and small cup. Full, creamy mouthfeel; floral-toned, chocolaty finish. Elegantly rich in three parts milk: sandalwood and lychee in the short finish and cocoa-toned floral notes with a hint of spice in the long.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: RMB $100.00/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Intensely sweet, richly tart. Dried apricot, grapefruit zest, dark chocolate, lilac-like flowers, tamarind in aroma and small cup. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. The focused finish is concentrated around dried apricot and tamarind in the short and dark chocolate in the long. In three parts milk, the chocolate notes bloom alongside sweetly tart hints of tamarind.

Review Date: Dec 2016

Price: RMB $80.00/454 grams

Evaluated as espresso. Delicate, sweetly tart. Dark chocolate, blood orange zest, rhododendron, dried peach, pink peppercorn in aroma and small cup. Full, satiny mouthfeel. The cocoa-toned finish is floral in the short and sweetly spicy in the long. Flavor-saturated in three parts milk: peach, dark chocolate and pink peppercorn harmonize in elegant balance.

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.