Coffee News

Coffee Review regularly publishes coffee tasting reports and 100-point wine-style coffee reviews as well as news and updates of interest to coffee lovers and our readers. News, updates, and blog posts below appear in reverse chronological order.

April Tasting Report Posts April 7

April Tasting Report Posts April 7

This month’s tasting report looks at how six national coffee brands fare in a cupping of their online whole-bean offerings. First, we look at several small companies that have grown large and national, while still trying to preserve the special standing they established early on among consumers. Then we examine two much larger companies that […]

By April 6, 2016 Read Article
June Tasting Report: Coffees from Australia

June Tasting Report: Coffees from Australia

Australia is one of the most vibrant of the consuming world’s coffee cultures. I recall visiting Sydney some years ago and being astounded by the size of the crowd of consumer visitors and the quality of the espressos being served in the booths of roasters and cafés at a local coffee festival. But despite the […]

By March 5, 2016 Read Article
Roasters: Send Us your “Macro-Lot” Samples

Roasters: Send Us your “Macro-Lot” Samples

We review many superb “micro-lots” at Coffee Review, small lots of special, extremely refined green coffees. For next month, however, we are reviewing what we are calling “macro-lot” coffees, coffees produced from large lots of green coffee, coffees that are likely to be sold over weeks or months, and represent the sort of staple offerings […]

By February 16, 2016 Read Article
CoffeeCon in Los Angeles Saturday

CoffeeCon in Los Angeles Saturday

This coming Saturday, January 30, CoffeeCon, the consumer coffee festival/event, arrives in Los Angeles at The Magic Box@The Reef, 1933 South Broadway. CoffeeCon is a genuine consumer-facing event that combines a casual, intimate feel with coffee-obsessive rigor. Most of the LA area’s leading roasters will be represented with tables or booths. There are hands-on classes […]

By January 26, 2016 Read Article
Top 30 Coffees of 2015

Top 30 Coffees of 2015

We are pleased to present our Top 30 Coffees of 2015, Coffee Review’s third annual ranking of the most noteworthy coffees among those we reviewed over the past twelve months. In 2015, we cupped thousands of samples and published more than 300 coffee reviews. Approximately ninety of the reviewed coffees scored 94 points or higher. […]

How Coffee Review Works

How Coffee Review Works

Coffee Review is an online publication that reviews coffees and comments on them in formally written tasting reports and informal blogs. Kenneth Davids and Ron Walters founded Coffee Review in 1997. Today it hosts over one million unique visitors per year. All of Coffee Review’s past seventeen years of reviews, tasting reports and blogs are […]

By December 31, 2015 Read Article
The 100-Point Rating Paradox

The 100-Point Rating Paradox

This is a revision of an article first published by Coffee Review editor Kenneth Davids in Roast Magazine in 2010. We offer it here as a considered overview from Ken on 100-point ratings systems for coffee and on the problematics and philosophy of coffee evaluation. In 1997, Coffee Review started reviewing coffees for consumers and […]

By December 31, 2015 Read Article
One Million Readers Strong

One Million Readers Strong

When Coffee Review launched the world’s first-ever 100-point coffee ratings in February 1997, we posted them on the Internet, a novel idea at the time. We didn’t bother emailing a newsletter because, well, most of our potential readers didn’t have email addresses. To make sure a least a handful of people read those early tasting reports […]

By December 21, 2015 Read Article
Shop the Top 30

Shop the Top 30

What’s better than reading about great coffee?  Drinking it, of course. Many Coffee Review readers seek out highly rated coffees for their own enjoyment or as thoughtful gifts for coffee lovers.  Coffees that appear in Coffee Review’s Top 30 are particularly popular.  They sell out quickly. We did a little searching to help facilitate your […]

By December 12, 2015 Read Article
Category Rankings

Category Rankings

Over the past couple years, Coffee Review’s annual “Top 30” ranking of the year’s most noteworthy coffees has attracted considerable attention.  As many readers have noted, our rankings tended to favor high-scoring coffees produced from botanical varieties of Arabica with striking sensory properties: coffees of the Gesha/Geisha variety, coffees from the distinctive traditional Ethiopian varieties, […]

By December 2, 2015 Read Article
Best Values in Top 30

Best Values in Top 30

Our list of the Top 30 coffees of the year recognizes the skill and hard work of the growers and roasters who produce these fine coffees.  However, as a consumer, it’s only an academic exercise unless you can actually buy and enjoy the coffees on the list.  And, the coffees on the list are often […]

By November 30, 2015 Read Article
Expanded Rankings in 2015

Expanded Rankings in 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 November 20, 2015 Read Article
Peet’s Buys Stake in Intelligentsia

Peet’s Buys Stake in Intelligentsia

On the heels of its acquisition of Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters, California-based Peet’s Coffee & Tea has bought a majority stake in Intelligentsia Coffee.  Read more coverage at Fortune.com. Coffee Review has rated 40 Intelligentsia coffees over the years, starting with their famous Black Cat Blend in way back in 1998. The average rating for […]

By November 3, 2015 Read Article
Crimson Cup, Propeller Named Roasters of the Year

Crimson Cup, Propeller Named Roasters of the Year

Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea and Propeller Coffee Co. were awarded Roaster of the Year honors by Roast magazine, an industry publication for coffee roasters. According to Roast, Roaster of the Year awards “recognize companies that roast coffees of superior quality, exemplify a dedication to sustainability, promote employee and community education, and demonstrate a strong […]

By October 20, 2015 Read Article
Zimbabwe Coffee: Once Flourishing, Now Rare

Zimbabwe Coffee: Once Flourishing, Now Rare

We just rated a sample from Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) for the first time since 2008.  The Zimbabwe AAA from New Year’s Gift Estate from Green Dragon Coffee earned a respectable 88 points (see review). In the early years of Coffee Review, coffees from Zimbabwe were certainly not common but they were not unheard of either. […]

By October 7, 2015 Read Article
Peet’s Acquires Stumptown

Peet’s Acquires Stumptown

According to Business Wire, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Stumptown Coffee Roasters have announced an agreement in which Peet’s will acquire ownership of Stumptown from its existing shareholders, which include majority-owner TSG Consumer Partners LLC.  Stumptown, founded in Portland, Oregon in 1999, will continue to operate independently while having full access to Peet’s resources and […]

By October 6, 2015 Read Article
Latte Art Goes High Tech

Latte Art Goes High Tech

Creative baristas will often add some flair to cappuccinos or lattes by cleverly pouring the milk in a way that leaves an appealing design on the surface of the drink.  In fact, this simple gesture has become the artistic focus of competitions such as the World Latte Art Championship. Latte art is now going high […]

By June 26, 2015 Read Article
Blue Bottle to End Wholesale

Blue Bottle to End Wholesale

James Freeman, the founder of Blue Bottle Coffee (website | reviews ), announced that the company will be closing its wholesale business.  The company we will wind down their wholesale division in the coming months to concentrate on Blue Bottle’s retail cafés and Blue Bottle at Home. On the company’s blog, Freeman shared a personal […]

By June 25, 2015 Read Article
Americans Spending More on Coffee

Americans Spending More on Coffee

A recent report by Reuters drew attention to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report that the consumption of coffee in 2015/16 will decrease over current levels.  According to the report, U.S. coffee consumption will drop by about 1 percent.  The United States is the only country among the top eight coffee-consuming nations that will show […]

By June 24, 2015 Read Article
Roaster of the Year Competition

Roaster of the Year Competition

Developed to recognize and inspire excellence in roasting, the Roast Magazine Roaster of the Year competition is now in its 12th year.  There are two award categories – macro roaster and micro roaster – which are based on company mission, commitment to sustainable practices, commitment to employees and educational practices, coffee quality, commitment to and involvement in […]

By June 23, 2015 Read Article