Archive for June, 2010

Demystifying Mokka

Demystifying Mokka

On the Island of Maui a unique cultivar called Mokka is commercially cultivated. I first heard of it perhaps a decade ago and over the years I have heard things like it is a varietal brought from Yemen or Ethiopia; always an air of mystique around its origins. While it’s a wonderfully romantic notion that […]

By June 21, 2010 Read Article
What’s a Cortado?

What’s a Cortado?

Recently a Coffee Review reader sent in a request that we post information on our website about cortado, a relatively obscure coffee beverage in North American cafés. I searched the reference pages, thinking some mention of it had to be buried in the “espresso cuisine” section. But no, no cortado was to be found. Most […]

By June 18, 2010 Read Article
Those Little Scoops

Those Little Scoops

How many of you measure coffee using a tiny scoop that came with your coffee maker? Maybe things are different around an august group of coffee aficionados, but I just returned from a weekend retreat and all I could find was a subminiature spoon. I resisted the urge to remove it from my hosts’ residence […]

By June 16, 2010 Read Article
Porta-filter densation

Porta-filter densation

I was talking to Scott Callaghan the Australian barista champion just before he left for London for the World Barista Championship and I mentioned to him about “densation.” It’s a clumsy word but its similar to the principle that occurs with the sorting of green beans in a good dry-mill where you have a ‘densimetric’ […]

By June 13, 2010 Read Article
Making Sense (or Not Making Sense) of Words for Roast Color

Making Sense (or Not Making Sense) of Words for Roast Color

Pawel, in a recent response to my blog “Boomeranging to Super Light Roasts,” asks whether he should order his favorite coffee, a Sumatra Takengon Gayo Organic from the Aceh region, at “City+” or a somewhat darker “Full City.” He answers his own question, quite correctly I think, by writing that there is only one way […]

By June 8, 2010 Read Article
Along the Andes: Coffees of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru

Along the Andes: Coffees of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru

The short version is simple: Three coffee origins with massive growing elevations and substantial plantings of traditional varieties of Arabica but with little to no presence in the specialty coffee world suddenly provide us with fifty-three largely impressive, often distinctive coffees. For years Bolivia, despite ideal, very high-altitude terroirs and plantings of the old and […]

Boomeranging to Super Light Roasts

Boomeranging to Super Light Roasts

It occurred to me again as we were cupping five beautiful single-origin samples from two of the leading new-paradigm roasting companies (call them third wave , fourth wave – whatever wave we’re on now) that some of these exciting, ground-breaking roasting companies may be edging toward, well, too light a roast. What an irony – […]

By June 1, 2010 Read Article