Author Archive: Ron Walters

Ron Walters, co-founder of Coffee Review, manages business operations, including CoffeeReview.com, marketing, and social media. He conceived of and helped pioneer the development of 100-point reviews in the specialty coffee industry. For the past twenty years, he has been engaged in strategy, marketing, and management of specialty food and beverage businesses.

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Shop the Top 30

Shop the Top 30

What’s better than reading about great coffee?  Drinking it, of course. Many Coffee Review readers seek out highly rated coffees for their own enjoyment or as thoughtful gifts for coffee lovers.  Coffees that appear in Coffee Review’s Top 30 are particularly popular.  They sell out quickly. We did a little searching to help facilitate your […]

By December 9, 2016 Read Article
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
One Million Readers Strong

One Million Readers Strong

When Coffee Review launched the world’s first-ever 100-point coffee ratings in February 1997, we posted them on the Internet, a novel idea at the time. We didn’t bother emailing a newsletter because, well, most of our potential readers didn’t have email addresses. To make sure a least a handful of people read those early tasting reports […]

By December 21, 2015 Read Article
Category Rankings

Category Rankings

Over the past couple years, Coffee Review’s annual “Top 30” ranking of the year’s most noteworthy coffees has attracted considerable attention.  As many readers have noted, our rankings tended to favor high-scoring coffees produced from botanical varieties of Arabica with striking sensory properties: coffees of the Gesha/Geisha variety, coffees from the distinctive traditional Ethiopian varieties, […]

By December 2, 2015 Read Article
Best Values in Top 30

Best Values in Top 30

Our list of the Top 30 coffees of the year recognizes the skill and hard work of the growers and roasters who produce these fine coffees.  However, as a consumer, it’s only an academic exercise unless you can actually buy and enjoy the coffees on the list.  And, the coffees on the list are often […]

By November 30, 2015 Read Article
Expanded Rankings in 2015

Expanded Rankings in 2015

Our annual “Top 30” ranking of the thirty most noteworthy coffees of the year has attracted considerable attention over the past two years. As several readers have pointed out, however, our rankings have tended to favor high-scoring coffees produced from botanical varieties of Arabica with striking sensory properties: coffees of the Gesha/Geisha variety, coffees from […]

By November 20, 2015 Read Article
Peet’s Buys Stake in Intelligentsia

Peet’s Buys Stake in Intelligentsia

On the heels of its acquisition of Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters, California-based Peet’s Coffee & Tea has bought a majority stake in Intelligentsia Coffee.  Read more coverage at Fortune.com. Coffee Review has rated 40 Intelligentsia coffees over the years, starting with their famous Black Cat Blend in way back in 1998. The average rating for […]

By November 3, 2015 Read Article
Crimson Cup, Propeller Named Roasters of the Year

Crimson Cup, Propeller Named Roasters of the Year

Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea and Propeller Coffee Co. were awarded Roaster of the Year honors by Roast magazine, an industry publication for coffee roasters. According to Roast, Roaster of the Year awards “recognize companies that roast coffees of superior quality, exemplify a dedication to sustainability, promote employee and community education, and demonstrate a strong […]

By October 20, 2015 Read Article
Zimbabwe Coffee: Once Flourishing, Now Rare

Zimbabwe Coffee: Once Flourishing, Now Rare

We just rated a sample from Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) for the first time since 2008.  The Zimbabwe AAA from New Year’s Gift Estate from Green Dragon Coffee earned a respectable 88 points (see review). In the early years of Coffee Review, coffees from Zimbabwe were certainly not common but they were not unheard of either. […]

By October 7, 2015 Read Article
Peet’s Acquires Stumptown

Peet’s Acquires Stumptown

According to Business Wire, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Stumptown Coffee Roasters have announced an agreement in which Peet’s will acquire ownership of Stumptown from its existing shareholders, which include majority-owner TSG Consumer Partners LLC.  Stumptown, founded in Portland, Oregon in 1999, will continue to operate independently while having full access to Peet’s resources and […]

By October 6, 2015 Read Article
Latte Art Goes High Tech

Latte Art Goes High Tech

Creative baristas will often add some flair to cappuccinos or lattes by cleverly pouring the milk in a way that leaves an appealing design on the surface of the drink.  In fact, this simple gesture has become the artistic focus of competitions such as the World Latte Art Championship. Latte art is now going high […]

By June 26, 2015 Read Article
Blue Bottle to End Wholesale

Blue Bottle to End Wholesale

James Freeman, the founder of Blue Bottle Coffee (website | reviews ), announced that the company will be closing its wholesale business.  The company we will wind down their wholesale division in the coming months to concentrate on Blue Bottle’s retail cafés and Blue Bottle at Home. On the company’s blog, Freeman shared a personal […]

By June 25, 2015 Read Article
Americans Spending More on Coffee

Americans Spending More on Coffee

A recent report by Reuters drew attention to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report that the consumption of coffee in 2015/16 will decrease over current levels.  According to the report, U.S. coffee consumption will drop by about 1 percent.  The United States is the only country among the top eight coffee-consuming nations that will show […]

By June 24, 2015 Read Article
Roaster of the Year Competition

Roaster of the Year Competition

Developed to recognize and inspire excellence in roasting, the Roast Magazine Roaster of the Year competition is now in its 12th year.  There are two award categories – macro roaster and micro roaster – which are based on company mission, commitment to sustainable practices, commitment to employees and educational practices, coffee quality, commitment to and involvement in […]

By June 23, 2015 Read Article
June Sample Window Changed

June Sample Window Changed

The acceptance window for submissions of samples for the July article “Blends Composed of Two or More Origins” has been postponed to June 20-26. Samples that have already been sent to Coffee Review will be cupped, but any arriving after this Friday, July 6 will need to be resubmitted later in the month. The postponement […]

By June 3, 2015 Read Article
Subscribe to Coffee Review

Subscribe to Coffee Review

Coffee Review launched the first-ever 100-point wine-style coffee ratings in 1997.  We strive to help consumers identify and purchase superior quality coffees and, in the process, recognize and reward the farmers and roasters who produce the top-rated coffees that we all prize. Until recently, we relied solely on the generous support of our advertisers to […]

By May 23, 2015 Read Article
New Advertiser Specials Extended

New Advertiser Specials Extended

Coffee Review is fortunate to work with numerous long-time advertisers who support our goal of providing readers with interesting and informative tasting reports and reviews every month. We’re pleased to welcome some new advertisers who have taken advantage of starter programs that we began offering in 2015.  These popular programs, which offer new advertisers discounts […]

By April 15, 2015 Read Article
2015 World Barista Champ Crowned

2015 World Barista Champ Crowned

The 2015 World Barista Champion is Sasa Sestic from Ona Coffee in Canberra, Australia. A total of 49 National Barista Champions competed in the 16th World Barista Championship, which took place over four days in Seattle this past weekend, as part of the Specialty Coffee Association of America annual coffee conference.  The World Barista Championship […]

By April 14, 2015 Read Article
What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name?

It would come as no surprise to industry professionals or even your average coffee lover that specialty coffees have become, well, more specialized over the years.  Nowadays, coffees are segmented and differentiated by every conceivable measure: by country of origin, farm, varietal, crop year, processing method, micro-lot, altitude, roast, blend… you name it. That’s a […]

By April 3, 2015 Read Article