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.

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
Top 30 Rankings Expanded for 2015

Top 30 Rankings Expanded for 2015

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 […]

By January 21, 2015 Read Article
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 January 3, 2015 Read Article
2015 Tasting Article Calendar

2015 Tasting Article Calendar

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 […]

By January 3, 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
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