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.
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.
Our annual “Top 30” ranking of the thirty most noteworthy coffees of the year has attracted considerable attention over the past two years. As several readers have pointed out, however, our rankings have tended to favor high-scoring coffees produced from botanical varieties of Arabica with striking sensory properties: coffees of the Gesha/Geisha variety, coffees from […]
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 […]
The 2015 calendar listing our cupping/tasting articles for the coming year has been finalized. Some highlights from the first half of the year: Our long-delayed survey of recent developments in the race to capitalize on consumer interest in convenience capsule-brewing will appear in February (The New World of K-Cups and Competitors, February 2015). How does […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]