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Highest Rated Coffee



Highest Rated Coffee
Terroir Select Coffees Sumatra Golden Mandheling
Origin: Mandheling growing region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.
An extraordinary coffee in the earth and fruit style of traditional Indonesias. In the aroma moist leaves turning toward fresh earth, together with buttery, candyish top notes. In the cup full-bodied, with pungent, moist earth tones and crisp, low-acid fruit notes suggesting pear and cherry. The pungent tones smooth out in a sweetly rich finish.
Overall Rating: 94 points

Terroir Select Coffees Kenya Tegu Nyeri
Origin: South-central Kenya
Elegantly high-toned aroma: lemon, peach, berry, a delicate hint of walnut. In the cup medium in body but silky in mouthfeel, with crisply sweet, delicately acidy dry berry and Meyer lemon notes. The finish hovers on the edge of astringency but stays on the rich, bracing side of the sensation.
Overall Rating: 93 points

Bucks County Coffee Owner's Reserve Kenya
Origin: Nyeri growing district, South-central Kenya
Sweet-toned aroma with a tightly knit, fruit-toned complexity: chocolate, dry berry, banana perhaps. Very sweet in the cup, almost sugary in impression, complicated by a classic African tart berry character: black currant or cassis, with hints of sweet lemon and chocolate. Tartly sweet, clean finish.
Overall Rating: 93 points

Counter Culture Coffee Guatemala Antigua - Finca La Tacita
Origin: Antigua growing region, south-central Guatemala
A voluptuously sweet coffee, with roundly integrated acidity, great balance and elegance, and a resonant, cherry-toned fruit that carries through the profile from the intense aroma to the rich, finely clean finish. Complicating notes of fresh cedar, flowers and black currant in both aroma and cup. The fruit turns slightly chocolate toward the finish.
Overall Rating: 94 points

The Roasterie Guatemala Huehuetenango
Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, northwestern Guatemala
Sweet-impressioned, deep aroma complicated by dried cherry and hints of chocolate and cedar. Simplifies slightly in the cup, but a silky sweetness and quiet, vibrant acidity compensate. Almost sugary sweet in the long, clean finish.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Novo Coffee Guatemala Huehuetenango el Injerto
Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, northwestern Guatemala
Deep, complex aroma: slightly smoky cedar, chocolate and vanilla with floral top notes. Settles out to a rich semi-sweet chocolate in the cup with shimmery hints of flowers and vanilla. Rounds and sweetens as it cools without losing complexity. Very rich in the short finish, slightly astringent in the long.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Guatemala Finca Dos Marias
Origin: San Marcos growing region, western Guatemala
A cabernet sort of coffee: boldly and richly dry, with fruit that reads as a wine-toned dry cherry or black currant with a rounding halo of chocolate. Tartly rich, long finish.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Intelligentsia Coffee Guatemala El Cuervo
Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, northwestern Guatemala
Intense, very deep aroma, with buttery or perhaps toffee-like notes and hints of flowers and wine. In the cup very sweet and very acidy, though never sharp. Continued hints of flowers and white wine. Rich, complex, slightly astringent in the finish.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Thanksgiving Coffee Songbird Shadegrown Guatemalan, Organic Fair-Trade
Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, northwestern Guatemala
Rich aroma complicated by smoky semi-sweet chocolate and caramel. The cup is simple but satisfying: very sweet, deep, roundly roasty. The real glory of this coffee is an extraordinarily long, lushly vibrant, deeply chocolaty finish.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Paradise Roasters Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural Idido Misty Valley
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, south-central Ethiopia
An exotic, almost violent cup. The aroma is lush with intense, shifting ripe to overripe fruit and floral notes, blueberry most distinctly, with pungent, sweet spice undertones. In the cup the fruit notes turn markedly winy, or perhaps cidery. A fermented version of blueberry remains dominant, but the rich, complexly suggestive fruit notes hint at chocolate as well. A slight, pungent saltiness shadows the cup, but smoothes out reassuringly in a convincingly smooth, long finish.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Stumptown Coffee Roasters Panama Esmeralda Especial
Origin: Boquete growing district, western Panama
Exquisitely delicate aroma suggests a fine Oolong tea, with extravagant floral notes but a distinct (and coffeeish) hint of chocolate. The chocolate strengthens in the cup, with a tartly sweet, lemon-toned acidity. The lemon-chocolate notes outlast a gentle astringency in the long, pleasing finish.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Terroir Select Coffees Honduras El Mirador
Origin: Finca El Mirador, El Paraiso Department, Honduras
Deep aroma with dry floral and tart berry and chocolate notes. Sweetly high-toned and acidy in the cup, delicately rich, hints of dry berry, sweet herb, flowers. Lightly astringent but refreshing finish.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Caffe Pronto Panama Esmeralda Special
Origin: Finca Esmeralda, Boquete growing district, western Panama
High-toned, complex aroma: lemon, flowers, sweet herbs, perhaps a cedar-toned, semi-sweet chocolate. Smoothes and quiets in the cup, with the semi-sweet chocolate, lemon and herb notes dominating. Slight but pleasing astringency in the finish.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Stumptown Coffee Roasters Honduras Finca El Mirador
Origin: El Paraiso Department, Honduras
A crisp, malty fruit runs through the profile, suggesting a low key bouquet of possibilities: peach, cedar, chocolate, black currant, cherry. The finish is particularly impressive, rich, sweet, long, and nuanced with persistent berry and cherry tones.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Terroir Select Coffees Nicaragua Las Termopilas
Origin: Esteli Department, Nicaragua
Extraordinary aroma: high-toned, delicate but intense, lilac and a chocolaty lemon. The chocolate-lemon and floral notes carry into the cup, but are backgrounded by a sweet but intense acidity. Clean, sweet finish.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Caffe Pronto Guatemala Finca Calahute Alto
Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, Guatemala
Slight cedary roastiness in the aroma, with a peach- or banana-toned dark chocolate that carries into the cup with a rich, pungent sweetness. The low-toned fruit lingers pleasingly in the long finish.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Ecco Caffe Ecco Reserve Espresso
Origin: Mogiana growing region, Sao Paulo State, and Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State. Brazil.
A refined, quietly understated espresso. Delicately complex aroma with vanilla and milk chocolate innuendos. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel in the small cup, balanced in flavor with a slight cedary sharpness and semi-sweet chocolate notes. Maintains its dry chocolate, muted fruit elegance nicely in milk. Co-taster Ted Lingle's rating: 91; Ken's: 89. Nominating reader Teri Bolla remarks accurately on this blend's balance, "total finesse" and "fruit/cocoa floral" character.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Ecco Caffe Daterra Reserve
Origin: Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Both Ken and co-taster Ted Lingle remarked on the "lush but elegant" (Ken) aroma and fat, buttery body of this single-origin espresso. In the small cup, dry berry notes and semi-sweet chocolate. Blooms sweetly and richly in milk. Ken found the flavor in cup and milk a bit too simple, limiting his score to a 90, but for Ted the profile throughout was complete, classic, and worth a resounding 95. Nominating reader Teri Bolla clearly agrees with Ted: "incredibly balanced, round, extremely smooth, shows total finesse, abundant chocolate...thick and rich on the palate."
Overall Rating: 93 points

The Supreme Bean Espresso Bella Luna
Origin: Not Disclosed
An impressively sweet, smooth, deeply dimensioned, softly complex espresso. Co-cupper Ted Lingle (92) used the term "resonant" twice to describe flavor and finish in the small cup. Ken (90) was most impressed by the details: a fresh-cut cedar character that was pungent but sweet and round, and wine-toned fruit notes. Bloomed in milk with discreet balance and a rich chocolate. Reader Chris Horn nominated another of Supreme Bean's espresso blends, but we ended up reviewing this one instead.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Fieldheads Coffee Peggy Sue's Espresso
Origin: Not Disclosed
A crisply classic espresso. Fresh leather and spice notes in the aroma. In the small cup the mouthfeel is a bit lean but the flavor complex: dry berry, wine, semi-sweet chocolate, cedar. The wine and berry notes persist in the long, clean finish. In milk perhaps a bit lean in mouthfeel, but the cedar and berry notes bloom sweetly. Ken's rating: 90. Co-taster Ted Lingle's: 93. Turns out this espresso was nominated by the roaster, Peggy Sue herself, but roasters are readers too.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Blue Bottle Coffee Espresso Temescal
Origin: Costa Rica; Mexico; Ethiopia; Sumatra, Indonesia
Exceptionally complex espresso that maintains aromatic intrigue from aroma through a rather majestic finish in milk. Elegant aroma with deep-toned fruit and herb notes. In the small cup smooth in mouthfeel and medium-full in body, slightly sharp and acidy in structure but with a continued fruity complexity that reads persuasively as chocolate. Both co-cupper Ted Lingle (92) and Ken (90) were particularly impressed by this blend's performance in milk: lavishly fruity and chocolaty with a rich, clean finish. Blue Bottle's espressos were nominated by reader Christopher Losa.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Blue Bottle Coffee Hayes Valley Espresso
Origin: Not Disclosed
A smoky, cedary espresso with a deep-toned fruit that in the small cup suggests semi-sweet chocolate or perhaps a rich port wine. Ken (90) and co-taster Ted Lingle (93) differed a bit on this blend's impact in milk: Ted found this blend mastered milk with an impressive sweetness and richness; for Ken the chocolate carried nicely into milk but the mouthfeel was a bit lean. Nominating reader Christopher Losa testified to his admiration for this blend in almost lurid terms: "rich, thick, and chocolaty...the way it syrups out of the portafilter is absolutely sexy...comparative to a California Zin or a Petit Syrah fruit bomb wine.'
Overall Rating: 91 points

Organic Planet Coffee & Tea Finesso Espresso
Origin: Not Disclosed
A full-bodied espresso with exotic aromatics. Floral and fruit tones throughout the profile, with pungent notes that read as herbal for co-taster Ted Lingle (90) and licorice-like and smoky for Ken (89). For Ken the full body and heavy mouthfeel seemed partly to stifle flavor in the small cup, but for both Ken and Ted this blend came into its own in milk, where it rounded and sweetened richly without losing power or nuance. Nominated by Kemp LaMunyon of Las Vegas.
Overall Rating: 90 points

The Roasterie Panama Esmeralda Special, 2005
Origin: Boquete growing district, western Panama
Superb aroma: For Ken giddily floral with blueberry and cherry notes, for co-cupper Rodger Owen "a beautiful burst of lemon." In the cup crisply bright, intensely floral, sweetly and quietly lemon, then (for Ken) rounding toward an orange-toned chocolate. Slight astringency in the short finish but the floral notes had the last, lingering word in the long.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Paradise Roasters Best of Panama Cafe Kotowa
Origin: Boquete growing district, western Panama
A simple, lyrically appealing coffee, alive with floral notes and a vivid little twist that Ken associated with spice and co-cupper Rodger Owen with cedar. Ken also cited cherry-toned fruit in the aroma that leaned toward a delicate chocolate in the cup. Fresh, cleanly sweet finish.
Overall Rating: 91 points

The Roasterie Don Quijote Cafe de Costa Rica
Origin: Costa Rica
Ken was somewhat more enthusiastic about this classic Central American profile than co-cupper Rodger Owen, but both found lots to write about. Both found the aroma round and sweet, complicated by wine notes for Rodger and pear and a hint of cedar for Ken. In the cup both described a sweet, quietly vibrant acidity and a coffee fruit that read as black currant or slightly tart cherry for Ken and sweet pipe tobacco for Rodger. The essential sweetness carried into the short finish, tempering the slight astringency in the long.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Stumptown Coffee Roasters Panama Don Pachi Estate Geisha
Origin: Boquete growing district, western Panama
Exceptional aroma: floral notes complicated by vanilla for co-cupper Rodger Owen and lemon and pineapple for Ken. In the cup brightly but sweetly acidy and delicately smooth in mouthfeel with a subtly balanced flavor that disappointed Rodger but excited Ken with its jasmine-like floral notes and (for Ken at least) a rich, chocolaty lemon.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Ancora Coffee Roasters Kenya AA Nyeri Fine Cup
Origin: Kenya
An essay in the difference between acidic and acidy, this commandingly dry coffee does not display a glimmer of sharpness. Tremendous range and complexity in the aroma: dry berry, high-toned cedar, orange, chocolate. The dry berry, orange and chocolate notes carry into the cup with crisp richness and fade into the finish without a hint of astringency.
Overall Rating: 94 points

Ancora Coffee Roasters Rwanda A, Gikongoro Bufcafe
Origin: Gikongoro Province, southwestern Rwanda
Smooth, rich with a sweet complex of low-acid fruit-related tones: banana, chocolate, raisin, honey, flowers. In the cup the mouthfeel is full and supple; honey, raisin and flowers dominate and carry into a cleanly resonant finish.
Overall Rating: 93 points

Papa Nicholas Coffee Mocha Java Blend
Origin: Yemen or Harrar region of Ethiopia; Java, Indonesia
The aroma is very sweet in impression, gingery and orange-toned, the acidity gentle, the cup delicate but rich with a ginger-toned fruit that rounds and settles toward chocolate as the cup cools. Clean, chocolate-toned finish.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Intelligentsia Coffee Kenya
Origin: Kenya
The aroma is sweet-toned and intense: cedar, semi-sweet chocolate, raisins. In the cup, dry, spicy berry, grapefruit, Bordeaux-like wine notes. The flavor notes persist in the slightly but pleasantly astringent finish.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Intelligentsia Coffee New Guinea
Origin: Papua New Guinea
The aroma, sweetly pungent with a hint of chocolaty fruit, provided only a hint of the intensity displayed by the cup - high-toned and richly acidy, with a simple but powerful flavor complex: dry berry (aka black current), a hint of grapefruit, and rich, dry chocolate.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Coffee Masters Breakfast Blend
Origin: Not Disclosed
Deeply dimensioned, low-toned, quietly complex coffee. Semi-sweet chocolate, floral top notes, and a crisp temperate fruit that I read as pear carry from aroma into the cup, consolidating on chocolate in the finish.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Orleans Coffee Exchange Espresso Milano
Origin: Not Disclosed
Complex, smoky/toasty aroma with chocolate and vanilla suggestions. Medium body with a roundly smooth mouthfeel. Crisply elegant in the small cup: apricot and semi-sweet chocolate. Rich, chocolate-toned short finish, slight astringency in the long, but the chocolate well outlasts it. Superb in milk: good presence, sweet, with distinct milk chocolate and vanilla tones and a long, (once more) chocolate-toned finish.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Don Francisco's Gourmet Coffee Decaffeinated Colombian
Origin: Colombia
A lush and coherent cup. Caramel and chocolate in the aroma. The caramel sweetness deepens in the cup, complicated by a wine- or apple-cider-toned fruit and continued hints of chocolate. Full, round mouthfeel.
Overall Rating: 91 points

The Roasterie Decaf Colombia Supremo Pitalito Estate
Origin: Colombia
Mid-toned but rich, deep aroma, with fresh leather, pear, peach and milk chocolate suggestions. Simplifies a bit in the cup, undercurrents of pipe tobacco and a tartly refreshing, sweet fruit, pie cherries perhaps or kiwi.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Paradise Roasters Brazil Yellow Bourbon
Origin: Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
A gently acidy coffee, with a melodic sweetness and delicate complexity: sweet tomatoes and milk chocolate, perhaps a hint of fresh-cut cedar and a shimmer of jasmine running from aroma through cup to the clean, refreshing finish.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Allegro Coffee Organic Brazil
Origin: Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Quietly but giddily complex. Fruit notes read as a sort of spicy papaya and semi-sweet chocolate in the aroma. The cup reveals dramatic floral notes with the fruit reading as orange, though still with a semi-sweet chocolate tendency that carries from the rich short finish to clean, lingering long.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Iron Brew Coffee Brazil Cerrado Light Roast
Origin: Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Subtle nut and dry berry tones in the aroma, sweet in impression. In the cup silky and delicate, with a crisp but gently rounded acidity, the nut and berry tones deepening toward chocolate. Sweet short finish; slightly dry and astringent in the long.
Overall Rating: 91 points

The Roasterie Organic Fair Trade Espresso
Origin: Not Disclosed
Delicate aroma, toasty with distinct raisin and chocolate notes. Deepens in the small cup; the mouthfeel is buttery and the raisin and chocolate notes turn lavishly rich with a tickle of brandyish ferment. Long, resonant finish. Transforms beautifully in milk; the chocolate intensifies without turning trite or candyish, while the fruit seems to lift and reveal lighter, brighter tones of melon and flowers.
Overall Rating: 93 points

Thanksgiving Coffee Organic Espresso, N. Italian Style
Origin: Not Disclosed
A superb, versatile blend. The aroma is deep with chocolate and tropical fruit tones (banana?), the mouthfeel buttery and the body full, the small cup sweetly cedar toned with a lush, very slightly fermented fruit that reads as a rich raisin- and floral-toned chocolate. The finish is resonant and long with a low-key, pleasantly bracing astringency. In milk the shot rounds and sweetens without losing identity or authority.
Overall Rating: 93 points

The Supreme Bean Organic Decaf Espresso
Origin: Not Disclosed
Deep, sweetly pungent aroma with echoes of apricot or papaya. The mouthfeel is a bit rough but pleasantly so. The small cup is rich and sweet with a tightly-knit, deeply fruity complexity complicated by hints of cedar and toast. The sweet richness persists from short through long finish. Impressive range of sensation in milk: crisply sweet yet lushly chocolate.
Overall Rating: 92 points

The Roasterie Esmeralda Special Panama
Origin: Finca Esmeralda, Boquete growing district, western Panama
Intense, high-toned aroma, complex but tightly knit: lemon, dry berry, flowers (tea rose?), milk chocolate. The acidity is powerful but roundly balanced, the body surprisingly full, the flavor explosive: rose water, sweet pipe tobacco, chocolate, all enveloped in a lemony richness. Lemon and chocolate notes carry into the finish, where they soften and enliven a slight astringency.
Overall Rating: 93 points

Paradise Roasters Espresso Nuevo
Origin: Not Disclosed
Rich, deeply fruity papaya-toned chocolate in the aroma. In the small cup the body is medium in weight but smooth and balanced in mouthfeel; the flavor crisp but resonant, with a tightly knit complexity: wine, chocolate, cedar, perhaps pear. The finish is heavy but smooth and rich, with a recollection of chocolate. Sweetens and blooms in milk without losing its crisp elegance: fresh leather, pear, mint, cherry-toned chocolate.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Don Francisco's Gourmet Coffee Tanzania Peaberry
Origin: Tanzania, probably the Mt. Kilimanjaro region in the north
In the aroma this relatively light-roasted coffee is caramelly but smoky, with cherry and sweet pipe tobacco notes. In the cup it is delicate yet robust and very sweet, with a smoothly rich acidity, heavy body, and a giddy complexity anchored around wine and cherry tones with hints of smoke and milk chocolate. The finish is clean, long and sweet.
Overall Rating: 93 points

Stumptown Coffee Roasters Rwanda
Origin: Rwanda, Central Africa
Everything explodes near the top of the profile in this intensely fragrant coffee. The aroma is rich with floral, sweet lemon and lush chocolate notes. Exhilarating floral tones dominate the cup, but to simply call them floral understates their complexity: This is a whole symphonic garden of flowers. The body is light but the impression and mouthfeel delicate and buoyant. Only the very slightest astringency in the finish mars this exceptional coffee.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Tanzania Peaberry
Origin: Tanzania, probably the Mt. Kilimanjaro region in the north
A tribute to the upside of slightly fermented fruit tones in coffee. Sweet and completely free of bitterness or saltiness, the ferment comes across as sweetly orange-toned in the aroma with a crisp hint of cedar, in the cup as a lushly ripe papaya- and peach-toned fruitiness that leans toward chocolate but never quite surrenders its tropical juiciness.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Thanksgiving Coffee Rwanda Gorilla Blend
Origin: Rwanda, Central Africa
Low-toned fruit (peach?), semi-sweet chocolate and fresh-cut cedar notes in the aroma. The cup is delicate but lush, enlivened by a softly tart acidity and complicated by continued fruit (cherry, peach) and semi-sweet chocolate notes. The finish is simple but sweetly clean.
Overall Rating: 90 points

Colombian Gourmet Products Cafe Quindio Gourmet Colombian
Origin: Armenia growing region, Quindio Department, Colombia
Complex but balanced. The acidity is sweet and winy, the body medium but round in mouthfeel, the general impression delicate but rich. Milk chocolate, fruit (lemon, apricot, papaya) and a slight cedar pungency run through the profile from aroma to the pleasingly light-footed finish.
Overall Rating: 91 points

Terroir Select Coffees Sumatra Mandheling
Origin: Mandheling growing region, North Sumatra Province, Sumatra, Indonesia
This unusually light roasted Sumatra is very sweet and richly high-toned, and exceptional in its lush but delicate expression of the natural character of coffee fruit and flower. The fruit suggests cherry leaning toward unsweetened chocolate, but those who have visited coffee farms will recognize it as the taste of the coffee fruit itself, with shimmers of jasmine-like coffee flower. The short finish is cherryish and rich, though the long leaves us with just the slightest hint of astringency.
Overall Rating: 92 points

Quartermaine Coffee Roasters Sumatra
Origin: Northern provinces of Sumatra, Indonesia
Powerful and complex. Extraordinary aroma: spice, a fresh, nostril-tingling cedar, low-toned tropical fruit, bananas perhaps. In the cup a tingle of sweet acidity, more cedar, and fruit that turns sweetly and richly tart - grapefruit, tamarind. Memories of this complexity persist in the finish, softening a mild astringency. Reader Amy Bowser nominated this coffee, calling it "clean but with huge depth and character."
Overall Rating: 90 points



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