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Blends 2015: Quietly Agreeable with Some Fireworks

Blends 2015: Quietly Agreeable with Some Fireworks

| July 8, 2015

Blends (particularly those designed for regular brewed coffee) have been out of fashion at the top end of in American specialty coffee for some time now – say for the last ten to fifteen years. The excitement has been focused on “single-origin” coffees, meaning coffees from a single growing region (the broadest definition), or (a […]

Latte Art Goes High Tech

Latte Art Goes High Tech

| June 26, 2015

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 […]

Blue Bottle to End Wholesale

Blue Bottle to End Wholesale

| June 25, 2015

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 […]

Americans Spending More on Coffee

Americans Spending More on Coffee

| June 24, 2015

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 […]

Roaster of the Year Competition

Roaster of the Year Competition

| June 23, 2015

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 […]

New Starbucks Reserve Coffees

New Starbucks Reserve Coffees

| June 4, 2015

For the past ten years or so smaller, hipper, more nimble roasting companies have dominated the coffee conversation in America, outflanking Starbucks in roast style (lighter than Starbucks), freshness (roast-dated packaging), coffee selection (precisely identified seasonal small lots), brewing (by the cup, often by hand), and even design sensibility (usually blunt, simple and utilitarian, often […]

June Sample Window Changed

June Sample Window Changed

| June 3, 2015

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 […]

New June Tasting Report

New June Tasting Report

| May 26, 2015

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 […]

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| May 23, 2015

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 […]

Open Source Espresso Blends

Open Source Espresso Blends

| May 5, 2015

With this espresso tasting we focus on what appears to be a new trend in espresso blending – the open disclosure to customer and competitor of the identity of the specific green coffees that compose a blend, as opposed to the deliberate secrecy around blending that has prevailed in the coffee industry for decades. The […]