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Holiday Gift Coffees: Blends and Beyond

Holiday Gift Coffees: Blends and Beyond

This holiday season may mark the definitive return of the blend to the high-end specialty coffee scene after years of almost exclusive dedication to ever-more-refined single-origin offerings. The excitement and ingenuity of many of the holiday-themed blends we sampled this past month certainly suggest such a revival. The holiday blend, a long-standing staple of the […]

By December 4, 2014 |Reviews Read Article
Geshas and the Rest: Single-Variety, Single-Lot Coffees

Geshas and the Rest: Single-Variety, Single-Lot Coffees

The variety play – marketing coffee by the botanical variety of the tree that produced the coffee – is one of the latest trends in the high-end specialty world. True, some roasters who submitted samples for this month’s article still confused tree variety (botany) with origin (geography), and sent us coffees from a single growing […]

By November 6, 2014 |Reviews Read Article
Roast, Variety, Sustainability: HarVee Awards Coffees 2014

Roast, Variety, Sustainability: HarVee Awards Coffees 2014

Some of the more interesting trends and issues that surfaced among the thirteen prize-winning coffees reviewed this month from the recent Let’s Talk Coffee/Sustainable Harvest HarVee award competition in Panama range from how (the coffees were roasted), to what (tree varieties produced the coffee) to who (produced the coffee). As far as roast goes, we […]

By October 17, 2014 |Reviews Read Article

Coffee Blogs

Top 30 Coffees of 2014

Top 30 Coffees of 2014

We are pleased to present our Top 30 Coffees of 2014, Coffee Review’s second annual ranking of the most noteworthy coffees we reviewed over the past year. We selected and ranked these exceptional coffees and espressos based on quality (represented by overall rating), value (reflected by most affordable price per pound), and consideration of other […]

By December 11, 2014 Read Article
Starbucks: Judging Reserve and Reserving Judgment

Starbucks: Judging Reserve and Reserving Judgment

The recently debuted Starbuck’s Reserve Roastery in Seattle is garnering a lot of attention.  Starbucks describes their new venture as an “Immersive Combination of Cafe, Roastery, and Restaurant” that offers the”Rarest of Coffees from Around the Globe, Roasted to Perfection.” Roast Magazine and Daily Coffee News have published a couple pieces about it: Inside Starbucks’ […]

By December 9, 2014 Read Article
Coffee in Cuba

Coffee in Cuba

MSN recently published an article that lists “The World’s Best Cities for Coffee.”  The piece doesn’t offer much explanation for its selection criteria other than a short introduction: “When traveling, coffee lovers need to know where to go to escape the substandard American-style brew most hotels serve.  There are cities that define themselves by their […]

By November 12, 2014 Read Article
How Does Starbucks Rate?

How Does Starbucks Rate?

Today, MSN Money Market Watch features an article titled “10 things Starbucks won’t tell you.”  It’s an interesting piece that shares mostly negative information such as Starbuck’s famous Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PSL) contains chemicals and artificial colorings but no actual pumpkin. And, the Double Chocolatey Chip Frappuccino has more than 500 calories. According to the […]

By October 21, 2014 Read Article