Tasting Report

Holiday Gift Coffees 2016

Holiday Gift Coffees 2016

At the end of each year, we ask roasters for coffees they are offering consumers as special holiday selections, whether blends they have composed specifically to commemorate the holidays or single-origin coffees considered special in some way — perhaps because of limited availability, relative rarity or unusual quality. This year, we received 35 samples, ranging […]

By December 4, 2016 |Reviews Tasting Report
New-World Espressos: Single-Origin Espressos from the Americas

New-World Espressos: Single-Origin Espressos from the Americas

We were not sure what to expect when we scheduled this month’s tasting of single-origin espressos from coffees grown in the New World (meaning coffees from the Americas rather than from Africa or the Pacific). Would we receive a run of light-roasted, brightly acidy, perhaps sharp espressos of the style that seems to have become […]

By November 3, 2016 |Reviews Tasting Report
Costa Rica 2016: Innovation and Success in a Changing Market

Costa Rica 2016: Innovation and Success in a Changing Market

It has been more than a decade since Coffee Review explored Costa Rica coffees in depth, though we cup many individual samples each year from this small, coffee-celebrated Central American country. In the last year alone, we reviewed 26 Costa Rica coffees at ratings of 91 to 96, including one, Temple Coffee’s Costa Rica Alberto […]

By October 10, 2016 |Reviews Tasting Report

Coffee News

Top 30 Coffees of 2016

Top 30 Coffees of 2016

In 2016, we cupped thousands of coffee samples and published nearly 400 coffee reviews. Approximately ninety of the reviewed coffees scored 94 points or higher. Obviously, all of these coffees are exceptional but some were more remarkable than others.  Ultimately, we selected and ranked what we believe are the 30 most exciting coffees and espressos […]

By December 7, 2016 Read Article
Category Rankings – 2016

Category Rankings – 2016

In the past, our Top 30 Coffees lists tended to favor high-scoring coffees produced from botanical varieties of Arabica with striking sensory properties such as Geshas, coffees from the distinctive traditional Ethiopian varieties, Kenyan coffees, and so on. Last year, we began the practice of recognizing coffees by category to focus attention on fine coffees […]

By November 28, 2016 Read Article
Q&A With Tony Greatorex of Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

Q&A With Tony Greatorex of Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

How did you end up as a coffee-roaster?  I worked at Starbucks for a few years, then discovered the larger world of independent specialty coffee when I moved to southwest Virginia and started working at a newly opened local shop. There, I met Haden Polseno-Hensley, the co-owner of Red Rooster Coffee Roaster, a small, young […]

By October 20, 2016 Read Article
April Tasting Report Posts April 7

April Tasting Report Posts April 7

This month’s tasting report looks at how six national coffee brands fare in a cupping of their online whole-bean offerings. First, we look at several small companies that have grown large and national, while still trying to preserve the special standing they established early on among consumers. Then we examine two much larger companies that […]

By April 6, 2016 Read Article