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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Yesterday, in the spirit of April Fools’ Day, we posted a 100-point review for O’Ima Lion Farms April No. 1 Natural by San Veritas Roasters. In case you missed it, the spoof appears below: Coffee Review has never awarded 100 points to a coffee. Since 1997, twelve coffees have earned a score of 97 points. […]
Yesterday, we shared some Coffee Review readership data by country in a piece called “Where is Coffee Hot in 2015: By Country.” Perhaps not surprisingly, the United States is the country with the greatest Coffee Review readership and readership per capita. Today, we take a closer look at how readership and growth varies by U.S. […]
In 2013, we shared some Coffee Review readership data in a piece titled “Who Cares about Coffee Anyway.” It proved popular so we updated and expanded the information in a series of blog posts in early 2014 that looked at readership by city, state, and country. We’ve updated the data with a quick look at […]
Roasters offering wet-hulled coffees from Indonesia (wet-hulled coffees is a category that includes most Sumatras, most Sulawesis, most smaller island Indonesia coffees except Bali naturals) are invited to submit one or more samples for our April 2015 tasting report and reviews. The deadline for arrival has been extended to Thursday, March 26.
Last year we completely redesigned our website to improve its look and feel, ease of navigation, speed, and stability. This month, we created a new look for our email newsletters. If you’re not already receiving our free email newsletter, you can sign up at the bottom right of this page.
Our March tasting article, featuring reviews of macro-lot single-origin coffees of 100+ bags, will post on or before Friday, March 5. In the meantime, read other recent reviews of highest rated coffees, espressos, and best values.
The recently debuted Starbuck’s Reserve Roastery in Seattle is garnering a lot of attention. Starbucks describes their new venture as an “Immersive Combination of Cafe, Roastery, and Restaurant” that offers the”Rarest of Coffees from Around the Globe, Roasted to Perfection.” Roast Magazine and Daily Coffee News have published a couple pieces about it: Inside Starbucks’ […]