Coffee Blog

Our coffee blog consists of hundreds of posts by Kenneth Davids and other coffee experts. Blog posts below appear in reverse chronological order. We welcome your comments at the end of each post.

Top 30 Coffees of 2014

Top 30 Coffees of 2014

We are pleased to present our Top 30 Coffees of 2014, Coffee Review’s second annual ranking of the most noteworthy coffees we reviewed over the past year. We selected and ranked these exceptional coffees and espressos based on quality (represented by overall rating), value (reflected by most affordable price per pound), and consideration of other […]

By December 11, 2014 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
October Article: HarVee Award Winners

October Article: HarVee Award Winners

For our October article we will report on the results of a competition among roasters at the interesting Let’s Talk Coffee event coming up in Panama October 9-12. As a result, our October tasting article will be published on Monday, October 20. Let’s Talk Coffee is a long-running annual event sponsored by coffee exporter/importer Sustainable […]

By October 16, 2014 Read Article
HarVee Roaster Awards, Let’s Talk Coffee, Panama

HarVee Roaster Awards, Let’s Talk Coffee, Panama

I’ve been at the Let’s Talk Coffee annual event in Panama over the last few days, and this last Thursday night presented awards to roasters for best retail-roasted presentation of coffees sold (as green coffee) by Sustainable Harvest, a long-established specialty green coffee importer whose business model is built around building sustainability throughout the coffee […]

By October 12, 2014 Read Article
Cupping Calendar Changes

Cupping Calendar Changes

The article “Coffees of a Single Variety, from a Single Lot,” originally scheduled for publication in October, has been postponed to November, with cupping occurring in October. Submissions for this article (“Coffees of a Single Variety, from a Single Lot”) should reach Coffee Review between October 14 and October 23. Roasters may not submit more […]

By August 31, 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
Welcome to Our New Site

Welcome to Our New Site

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 […]

By July 30, 2014 Read Article
Hawaii Reviews Coming Soon

Hawaii Reviews Coming Soon

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 […]

By July 30, 2014 Read Article
Meet Our New Mascot – Lani

Meet Our New Mascot – Lani

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.

By July 29, 2014 Read Article
Home Roaster Competition 2014: A Long Way from Iron Skillets

Home Roaster Competition 2014: A Long Way from Iron Skillets

Recently Henry Chang, a passionate home coffee roaster (when he’s not pursuing his successful career as an obstetrician/gynecologist), sponsored a contest for his home roaster Internet correspondents. He asked Coffee Review to act as judge. As busy as we were, we agreed, since both my co-cupper Jason Sarley and I are strong supporters of the […]

By June 12, 2014 Read Article
U.K. Coffee Reviews

U.K. Coffee Reviews

In 2013, we reviewed coffees from 12 countries, namely the United States, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, China, Netherlands, Guatemala, Italy, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, and Sweden. The United Kingdom was noticeably absent from the list.  London (and the U.K. in general) has a thriving specialty coffee scene that rivals that of other well known U.S. […]

By May 24, 2014 Read Article
Melbourne Has the World’s Best Coffee?

Melbourne Has the World’s Best Coffee?

According to an article in the Melbourne Herald Sun, Booking.com surveyed more than 1,000 of its users from around the world and determined that Melbourne, Australia has the world’s best coffee.  Really? This conclusion merits a little closer look.  First, at Coffee Review, we always point out that there is no such thing as a […]

By March 26, 2014 Read Article
New Advertiser Specials Extended

New Advertiser Specials Extended

Coffee Review is blessed to work with numerous long-time advertisers who support our goal of providing readers with interesting and informative tasting articles and reviews every month. We’re also pleased to welcome some new advertisers who have taken advantage of starter programs that we began offering in 2014.  These popular programs, which offer new advertisers […]

By February 19, 2014 Read Article
A Tribute to the Life of Wicha Promyong, Doi Chaang Coffee

A Tribute to the Life of Wicha Promyong, Doi Chaang Coffee

In 2011 I spent several days at the Doi Chaang coffee cooperative in northern Thailand. There I encountered the extraordinary Wicha Promyong, the inspirational leader of the Doi Chaang coffee cooperative and its sister company, Doi Chaang Coffee. Shockingly and unexpectedly, Khun Wicha succumbed to a heart attack on Thursday, January 23, 2057 (2014) near […]

By February 10, 2014 Read Article
Where Coffee is Hot: By Country

Where Coffee is Hot: By Country

We’re wrapping up our “Where Coffee is Hot” series by looking at Coffee Review readership by country.  In 2013, we hosted readers from 233 countries and territories, which must be just about all of them. We’ll look at our readership three ways: total readers in 2013, per capita readers in 2013, and percentage growth from […]

By January 27, 2014 Read Article
Where Coffee is Hot: By International City

Where Coffee is Hot: By International City

In 2013, Coffee Review hosted visitors from 223 countries and territories, including countless cities and town around the world.  Our readers hail from famous world capitals such as Rome, Italy and Nairobi, Kenya to lesser-known Nuuk, Greenland and Apia, Somoa.  However, some cities have more visitors than others and none of the above cities ranked […]

By January 24, 2014 Read Article
Where Coffee is Hot: By U.S. State

Where Coffee is Hot: By U.S. State

Last summer, we looked at Coffee Review readership by state for the second quarter of 2013.  We calculated per capita readership, that is, readers normalized for each state’s population, to get an idea where people are most interested in coffee (at least as measured by Coffee Review readership.)  We’ve just re-crunched the data for the […]

By January 23, 2014 Read Article