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.
Coffee Review launched the first-ever 100-point wine-style coffee reviews in 1997. Since then we have relied solely on advertising revenue to sustain our mission of helping consumers discover the world’s best coffees and espressos. However, as our readership has grown to more than a million coffee lovers around the world, we now need to enlist […]
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’ […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Welcome to our new website. If you have visited CoffeeReview.com in the past, the new look and feel will be obvious. We’ve added new navigation and search functionality to make it easier to find the articles, reviews, and blogs that you are looking for. The website will be faster and more stable. For visitors using […]
Our August tasting article, featuring coffees from Hawaii, should post on Wednesday, August 6. Not a lot of Konas – apparently the small Kona farmers who retail their coffees directly to consumers have more demand than they have coffee and so feel they have nothing to gain by risking a review. Nevertheless, we will report […]
We’re pleased to introduce Coffee Review’s new mascot, Lani. Very sweet but, yes, we resisted suggestions to name her Sugar. Coffee has never tasted as good as it does after 4:30 am wake-up calls for potty training.
Based on reader feedback regarding last week’s “Who Cares About Coffee Anyway” blog post, it was clear that we needed to dig deeper than a top 10 list of coffee cities (based on per capita Coffee Review readership). Numerous readers asked where their hometown ranked. We decided that we needed to expand the list, perhaps […]
Well, Coffee Review certainly does. Given that you’re reading this post, you probably care. The roughly one million people who visit CoffeeReview.com each year care, at least enough to visit. But what we’re really trying to get at is which cities are most interested in coffee… most passionate about coffee, if you will? To answer […]