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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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
April Fools’ Coffee: 100-point O’Ima Lion Farms

April Fools’ Coffee: 100-point O’Ima Lion Farms

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.  […]

By April 2, 2015 Read Article
Ranking U.S. States by Readership

Ranking U.S. States by Readership

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. […]

By March 24, 2015 Read Article
Where is Coffee Hot in 2015: By Country

Where is Coffee Hot in 2015: By Country

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 […]

By March 23, 2015 Read Article
Seeking Wet-hulled Indonesias

Seeking Wet-hulled Indonesias

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.

By March 19, 2015 Read Article
Redesigned Newsletter

Redesigned Newsletter

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.

By March 5, 2015 Read Article
March Issue to Post Friday

March Issue to Post Friday

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.

By March 2, 2015 Read Article
Starbucks: Judging Reserve and Reserving Judgment

Starbucks: Judging Reserve and Reserving Judgment

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’ […]

By December 9, 2014 Read Article
Coffee in Cuba

Coffee in Cuba

MSN recently published an article that lists “The World’s Best Cities for Coffee.”  The piece doesn’t offer much explanation for its selection criteria other than a short introduction: “When traveling, coffee lovers need to know where to go to escape the substandard American-style brew most hotels serve.  There are cities that define themselves by their […]

By November 12, 2014 Read Article
How Does Starbucks Rate?

How Does Starbucks Rate?

Today, MSN Money Market Watch features an article titled “10 things Starbucks won’t tell you.”  It’s an interesting piece that shares mostly negative information such as Starbuck’s famous Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PSL) contains chemicals and artificial colorings but no actual pumpkin. And, the Double Chocolatey Chip Frappuccino has more than 500 calories. According to the […]

By October 21, 2014 Read Article
Iselle Not Too Bad?

Iselle Not Too Bad?

We heard from Kelleigh and Brandon at Big Island Coffee Roasters.  It’s great to hear that they didn’t get hit too bad: First of all, thanks so much for your concern and support! All in all, we didn’t get hit too bad, though we may not have power or steady internet connection until next week. […]

By August 11, 2014 Read Article
Iselle Makes Landfall in Hawaii

Iselle Makes Landfall in Hawaii

We’re tracking the progress of tropical storm Iselle, which is bringing 60 mph winds and heavy rains to the coffee growing areas in Hawaii.  According to the Weather Channel, Iselle made landfall at 2:30 a.m. HST about five miles east of Pahala in the Ka’u growing district.  There have already been reports of structural damage, trees […]

By August 8, 2014 Read Article