Archive for March, 2010

Consumer Reports Coffee Brewer Survey

Consumer Reports Coffee Brewer Survey

As part of my self-improvement goal to become a kinder gentler person, I’ll resist the urge to ask, “What were they smoking?” Like a lot of baby boomers, I have a nostalgic appreciation for Consumer Reports. They represent the hard-line leftist/socialist bent of many workers in post-World War II. They stand for uniformity, the illusion […]

By March 26, 2010 Read Article
Honey Coffees: A Mostly Sweet Deal

Honey Coffees: A Mostly Sweet Deal

I’ve spent the last week with Graciano Cruz in El Salvador, cupping lots of coffees, many of which are honey coffees he is working on. Honeys are a style recently being experimented with quite a lot in Central America, also called pulped natural and pulped sundried coffees elsewhere. In traditional wet-processing coffee cherries have the […]

By March 24, 2010 Read Article
The Humble Flat White

The Humble Flat White

I read an article today in an industry newsletter that Starbucks/Seattle’s Best Coffee is joining forces with Subway and Burger King to improve their coffee to try and compete with McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts success with espresso coffee. Espresso coffee has now contributed to an enormous profit turn-around in several of the world’s largest corporations. So […]

By March 8, 2010 Read Article
Island Coffees: Hawaii and the Caribbean

Island Coffees: Hawaii and the Caribbean

This month’s reviews consider coffees from two famous island growing regions — Kona and the Blue Mountains of Jamaica — together with a handful of coffees from less famous island origins: Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, plus a scattering of non-Kona Hawaii coffees. The conclusions, rather sadly, are predictable for coffee insiders but perhaps […]

Coffee Tasting Sheets and the ‘Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle’

Coffee Tasting Sheets and the ‘Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle’

Recently I was involved in a couple of tasting programs.  One was a roasters’ competition for espresso and another was research for a rural industries organization evaluating coffee cherry maturity on taste quality.  In both cases it was necessary to use tasting sheets. For the cherry maturity tasting, we used the Cup of Excellence® Tasting sheets devised by […]

By March 1, 2010 Read Article