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.

Agtron Numbers: A Sweet Spot?

Agtron Numbers: A Sweet Spot?

An Agtron machine reflects light on a sample of coffee in order to objectively and accurately assign a number to the beans’ roast color.  The smaller the number, the darker the roast.   If you’re interested in some additional background, refer to a blog we posted in 2010: http://bit.ly/1b7fLNR. The reason that I started thinking about […]

By September 23, 2013 Read Article
A Morning Cup by Jason Sarley

A Morning Cup by Jason Sarley

Many readers ask us about the best way to brew coffee, and the short answer is: whatever way is best for you and your tastes is the surest way. Although there are some worthwhile guidelines that can help even a first-time brewer prepare a good cup of coffee, I follow three fundamental rules: How-Hot, How-Much, […]

By September 20, 2013 Read Article
Coffee Review Readership in Taiwan Surpasses Australia

Coffee Review Readership in Taiwan Surpasses Australia

Earlier this year, we speculated that Coffee Review readership in Taiwan could exceed that of Australia if traffic growth rates continued.  Well, it has happened, at least for September.  Visits from Taiwan leapfrogged those from Australia, making Taiwan our fourth largest source of visitors, after only the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. If […]

By September 18, 2013 Read Article
Guatemala Cupping: Sneak Peek

Guatemala Cupping: Sneak Peek

Sneak peek from the lab… According to Kenneth: “We have cupped about twenty Guatemalas with about ten more to go. We’ve encountered a very wide and impressive range of cup profiles, particularly in the way they reflect the cup tendencies of various botanical varieties of Arabica, from deep, meaty Pacamaras to intense, high-toned, perfumy Geshas. […]

By August 29, 2013 Read Article
Is Coffee Bad For Your Health?: “Better is More”

Is Coffee Bad For Your Health?: “Better is More”

This week, the highly respected Mayo Clinic published findings that suggest excess coffee consumption, defined as more than four cups per day every day, increases the likelihood of early death in people under the age of 55.  The study concluded, in part: “On the basis of these findings, it seems appropriate to suggest that younger […]

By August 16, 2013 Read Article
Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Currently the predominant style in high-end, artisan roasting is certainly light roasting or medium-light roasting, which allows the roaster to highlight the character of the bean rather than the roast.  However, there is no question that many coffee lovers still prefer the bittersweet bite of dark roasts, even if the subtle varietal characteristics have been […]

By August 13, 2013 Read Article
Sneak Peek: Honduras Cupping

Sneak Peek: Honduras Cupping

Our August issue, featuring specialty coffees from Honduras, should post tomorrow, Sunday, August 4.  The cupping is complete.  Nine coffees scored 90 points or higher.  We’ll include all of them in the article.   If you can’t wait until tomorrow to read about Honduran coffees, there are 4 dozen Honduran coffee reviews on the site […]

By August 3, 2013 Read Article
Washington Loves Coffee, But Not As Much As …

Washington Loves Coffee, But Not As Much As …

Based on reader feedback regarding last week’s  “Who Cares About Coffee Anyway” blog post, it was clear that we needed to dig deeper than a top 10 list of coffee cities (based on per capita Coffee Review readership).  Numerous readers asked where their hometown ranked.  We decided that we needed to expand the list, perhaps […]

By July 23, 2013 Read Article
Who Cares About Coffee Anyway?

Who Cares About Coffee Anyway?

Well, Coffee Review certainly does.  Given that you’re reading this post, you probably care.  The roughly one million people who visit CoffeeReview.com each year care, at least enough to visit.  But what we’re really trying to get at is which cities are most interested in coffee… most passionate about coffee, if you will? To answer […]

By July 17, 2013 Read Article
What’s the Deal with Decaf?

What’s the Deal with Decaf?

We haven’t published an article about decaffeinated coffee since July 2010.  At the time, the samples we cupped “tested my optimism,” to quote Kenneth Davids.  Only one of the 50 decafs we cupped earned a score of 90 points, namely Decaf South America Blend by Cafe Valverde. However, it appears that decaf drinkers in 2013 […]

By July 16, 2013 Read Article
Three New Capsule Espresso Systems

Three New Capsule Espresso Systems

Convenience-first single-serve coffee brewing devices are on a roll in North America, fueled by the success of the Keurig and its K-cup capsules. In Europe, where espresso rules, the Nespresso espresso system has had similar blockbuster success. Both systems use rigid capsules rather than tea-bag-like paper pods that characterized earlier (and less commercially successful) single-serve […]

How Does One Rate Milk!?

How Does One Rate Milk!?

We’re currently testing new capsule espresso systems for July’s featured article.  There are three: the Starbucks Verismo, the Keurig Rivo (with coffee capsules produced by Lavazza), and a dark horse, the Singolo, with machine and capsules produced in Italy and imported by a Canadian company with distribution in the United States. We are benchmarking these […]

By July 3, 2013 Read Article
What’s the Best Hawaiian Coffee?

What’s the Best Hawaiian Coffee?

Perhaps as we approach the All-American holiday of Independence Day, it’s appropriate to consider what the “best” American coffee is.  And, given that Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows commercial quantities of coffee, it might naturally lead to the question “What’s the best Hawaiian coffee?” That is a question raised in a recent […]

By July 2, 2013 Read Article
Single-Serve Coffee and Espresso Reviews

Single-Serve Coffee and Espresso Reviews

Machines that utilize a pod, capsule, or K-Cup packed with ground coffee to brew a single serving of coffee (or espresso) are very popular.  According to the latest data from the National Coffee Association, thirteen percent of the U.S. population drank coffee made in a single-cup brewer. We first evaluated coffees brewed on single-serve machines […]

By June 28, 2013 Read Article
Low Acid Coffees

Low Acid Coffees

We track the search terms that readers use to find CoffeeReview.com.   Recently I noticed quite a few readers looking for information about low acid coffees.  One reader was even trying to find out what acid was added to coffee. Well, to answer the question, acid is generally not ADDED to coffee.  It occurs naturally and […]

By June 27, 2013 Read Article
Hype Meets the Cup: St. Helena Sandy Bay Estate

Hype Meets the Cup: St. Helena Sandy Bay Estate

Some interesting green coffees have come into the lab recently. These were green samples, but you can probably find roasters who offer them via an Internet search. Those who have some history probably are aware that St. Helena, a tiny island located in the middle of the South Atlantic roughly between Brazil and Africa, is […]

By June 24, 2013 Read Article
A Brief, Early History of 100-Point Coffee Reviews

A Brief, Early History of 100-Point Coffee Reviews

I was curious who received the first 90-point coffee review, which lead me to re-read the first Coffee Review article from 1997. Wow! “I have been convinced that the time has come to start assigning numerical rankings to cuppings as my counterparts have been doing for some time with wines, beers and cigars. These rankings […]

By June 21, 2013 Read Article
What Does a 96-Point Coffee Taste Like?

What Does a 96-Point Coffee Taste Like?

What does a 96-point coffee taste like?  Well, you can find out for yourself.  Three coffees in 2013 have received ratings of 96 points… and at least two of them are still available from the roasters.  Our blind assessments of these remarkable coffees appear below. La Esmeralda Mario Carnaval 2012 Panama by George Howell Coffee/Terroir […]

By June 20, 2013 Read Article
Top-Rated Espressos from the First Half of 2013

Top-Rated Espressos from the First Half of 2013

As we approach the mid-way point of 2013, we decided to take a look back at the top espressos from the first half of the year.  Six espressos earned 94 points, the highest score for an espresso so far in 2013.  Three of these coffees are from U.S. roasters: Thirty-Thirty Coffee Co. by Momma Bear […]

By June 19, 2013 Read Article
Are Espressos A Bargain?

Are Espressos A Bargain?

Coffee Review evaluates and rates coffees that are intended for both espresso and non-espresso brewing.  We are agnostic on brewing method from the point of view of rating a coffee.  So, it’s reassuring to see that the average posted score for espressos (92.10) by American roasters in the first half of 2013 is nearly identical […]

By June 18, 2013 Read Article