Kenneth Davids Biography |

Kenneth Davids

Kenneth Davids, coffee expert, author, and co-founder of The Coffee Review, oversees all of our cuppings. He regularly contributes a feature called Cupping with Ken Davids, which reviews roasters' 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, Home Coffee Roasting: Romance and Revival, and Espresso: Ultimate Coffee, which was nominated for a James Beard award. In 2000 he co-produced, hosted, and wrote the script for "The Passionate Harvest", an hour-long documentary film on coffee production that has won numerous awards, including a prestigious Platinum Award at the Houston Film Festival.

He has assisted growers in finding wholesale markets for their coffees, trained cuppers, and designed blends for a variety of clients. His workshops and seminars on coffee sourcing and evaluation have been featured at professional coffee meetings in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and Japan. In 1996, he was awarded a "Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Coffee Literature" by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).