Cupping Board Reviews

The Mocha Taste

The Mocha Taste

The eleven coffees the Coffee Review panel cupped this past month represent the essence of coffee romance and history. They are representatives of the world’s original coffees, quite literally embodying history in the cup. Ethiopia is the botanical home of the coffee arabica tree, and Yemen, just across the Red Sea from Ethiopia at the […]

Wet-Processed Ethiopia Coffees

Wet-Processed Ethiopia Coffees

An interesting trivia question to ask people is where coffee originated. Virtually everyone looks confused, and, when pressed, usually tries a Latin-American country: Colombia, say, or Brazil. Of course, Coffee arabica, the species that produces all fine coffees, originated in the highland forests of Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa. The arabica tree, which still […]

By October 1, 1999 |Reviews Tasting Report
Kenyas and Other East Africas

Kenyas and Other East Africas

Specialty coffee professionals tend to be protective of Kenya. For one thing, it remains the world’s single most consistent source of superlative coffee. And Kenya is superlative in the particular ways American specialty professionals define superlative: alive with the dry, vibrant sensation called acidity, fruity without cloying sentiment, big and resonant.Furthermore, most specialty folks admire […]

Caribbean Coffees

Caribbean Coffees

However closely Caribbean coffees resemble one another in their full, rounded coastal flavor profiles, their individual stories are quite different. The Blue Mountain coffees of Jamaica are among the world’s most expensive, sought after by price-is-no-object romantics, while resented by many coffee professionals for their high price. The Yauco coffees of Puerto Rico represent a […]

Brazils

Brazils

For coffee insiders and aficionados a cupping of Brazilian coffees raises interesting issues. Until recently, Brazil was known as the provider of two broad classes of coffee. One, an inexpensive arabica coffee that is raised at low altitudes, stripped from the trees in a single indiscriminate picking, and sun-dried on patios so vast that the […]

By February 1, 1998 |Reviews Tasting Report
El Salvador Coffees

El Salvador Coffees

Neither recent history nor recent coffee books have been kind to El Salvador. In 1976 I wrote in the first edition of Coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing & Enjoying: “The general consensus is El Salvador coffee has a flavor somewhere between ‘neutral’ and ‘mild.’” Twenty years later Jon Thorn in The Coffee Companion calls […]

By September 1, 1997 |Reviews Tasting Report
Guatemala Coffees

Guatemala Coffees

Guatemala is one of the world’s classic coffee origins, so it seems appropriate to open the Coffee Review series of blind panel cuppings with a selection of Guatemala coffees. Eleven respected coffee professionals cupped samples of ten Guatemala coffees. The participating coffees were not identified until after the cupping was completed. The reports of the […]