Kenneth Davids Biography

Kenneth Davids, coffee expert, author, and co-founder of The Coffee Review, oversees all of our cuppings and tastings. He regularly contributes a feature called Cupping with Ken Davids, which reviews coffees and rates them using the Coffee Review proprietary 100-point rating system.

Ken’s formal involvement with coffee began in the early 1970s, when he opened a coffee business in Berkeley, California. Since then he has published three books on coffee: A Guide to Buying, Brewing and Enjoying, which helped shape the specialty coffee movement in the United States and has sold nearly 250,000 copies in five editions, Espresso: Ultimate Coffee, which was nominated for a James Beard award, and Home Coffee Roasting: Romance and Revival, now in its second edition. Editions of his books have been translated and published in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. In 2000 he co-produced, hosted, and wrote the script for “The Passionate Harvest”, an hour-long documentary film on coffee production that won numerous awards, including a prestigious Platinum Award at the Houston Film Festival.


His workshops and seminars on coffee sourcing, evaluation and communication have been featured at professional coffee meetings in the continental United States (including twelve conferences of the Specialty Coffee Association of America), Hawaii (including workshops for growers in the Kona region), Korea, Canada, Colombia, Australia, India, Europe, Ethiopia, Kenya, El Salvador, Malaysia and Japan. He has worked with and advised coffee producers in over a dozen countries.


He has written for most of the major industry print magazines, including a regular column in Roast Magazine. In 1996 he was awarded a Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Coffee Literature by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.