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
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).