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.

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
June Sample Window Changed

June Sample Window Changed

The acceptance window for submissions of samples for the July article “Blends Composed of Two or More Origins” has been postponed to June 20-26. Samples that have already been sent to Coffee Review will be cupped, but any arriving after this Friday, July 6 will need to be resubmitted later in the month. The postponement […]

By June 3, 2015 Read Article
New June Tasting Report

New June Tasting Report

We know the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle is a thoroughly conceived and unprecedentedly spectacular coffee space and facility. But what about the coffees it produces? For our June article we have changed direction rather radically, and in place of our originally planned survey of “Big Box” store coffees, we will publish the results […]

By May 26, 2015 Read Article
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Coffee Review launched the first-ever 100-point wine-style coffee ratings in 1997.  We strive to help consumers identify and purchase superior quality coffees and, in the process, recognize and reward the farmers and roasters who produce the top-rated coffees that we all prize. Until recently, we relied solely on the generous support of our advertisers to […]

By May 23, 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
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
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