Tasting Report

2017 Holiday Gift Coffees

2017 Holiday Gift Coffees

Each year, we ask roasters to send us exceptional coffees available only during the holidays, coffees that might make particularly gratifying gifts or splurges for coffee-lovers. In past years, approaches have ranged from particularly fine lots of classic coffees that roasters reserved for the holiday season, to rare and often expensive seasonally available micro-lot coffees, […]

By December 5, 2017 |Reviews Tasting Report
Organic-Certified Coffees from Africa: Benefits, Challenges, Complexities

Organic-Certified Coffees from Africa: Benefits, Challenges, Complexities

Certified organic coffees must be propagated, grown, processed, transported, stored, and roasted without contact with synthetic chemicals—particularly without contact with pesticides and herbicides. The certification process (carried out by a variety of organizations operating inside a common framework) is lengthy, thorough, rather expensive, but apparently reliable and free of abuse. The use of the term […]

By November 11, 2017 |Reviews Tasting Report
The New Nicaragua: Direct Trade Coffees Rule

The New Nicaragua: Direct Trade Coffees Rule

When we first reported on coffees from Nicaragua, in 2004, the overarching theme was economic development. Specialty coffee was viewed as a way of opening access to economic and social benefits for Nicaragua’s many small- to medium-holding coffee farmers, most of whom had been decimated by the global drop in coffee prices during 1999-2003, and […]

By October 9, 2017 |Reviews Tasting Report

Coffee News

Top Value Coffees of 2017

Top Value Coffees of 2017

Some readers seek coffees with the highest scores.  Others look for great values.  What if you want both?  The coffees below were singled out on our 2017 list of Top Coffees by Category as the best values in 2017. As December 15, 2017, all six of these fine coffees are available for sale on the […]

By December 15, 2017 Read Article
Top 30 Coffees of 2017

Top 30 Coffees of 2017

For the past five years, Coffee Review has released its Top 30 list, where our editors rank the most exciting coffees from the thousands we cupped over the course of the past year.  We select and rank these 30 exciting coffees and espressos based on quality (represented by overall rating), value (reflected by most affordable price […]

By November 25, 2017 Read Article
Shop the Top 30

Shop the Top 30

Coffee Review‘s mission is to help consumers identify and purchase superior quality coffees and, in the process, help drive demand and increase prices to reward farmers and roasters who invest time, passion, and capital in producing high quality coffee beans. Many of our readers seek out highly rated coffees for their own enjoyment or as […]

By November 25, 2017 Read Article
Top Coffees by Category – 2017

Top Coffees by Category – 2017

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. In 2015, we began the practice of recognizing coffees by category to focus attention on fine coffees […]

By November 25, 2017 Read Article