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When the Small Get Big (and the Big Try for Small)

When the Small Get Big (and the Big Try for Small)

| April 7, 2016

We know them. These are the coffee roasting companies that made their reputations as innovative locally based roasters, and eventually came to model a new kind of coffee institution, one built around a revived intimacy between coffee and customer, precisely described high-end microlot coffees brought to dramatically light roasts, minimalist café interiors, free public cuppings, […]

April Tasting Report Posts April 7

April Tasting Report Posts April 7

| April 6, 2016

This month’s tasting report looks at how six national coffee brands fare in a cupping of their online whole-bean offerings. First, we look at several small companies that have grown large and national, while still trying to preserve the special standing they established early on among consumers. Then we examine two much larger companies that […]

June Tasting Report: Coffees from Australia

June Tasting Report: Coffees from Australia

| March 5, 2016

Australia is one of the most vibrant of the consuming world’s coffee cultures. I recall visiting Sydney some years ago and being astounded by the size of the crowd of consumer visitors and the quality of the espressos being served in the booths of roasters and cafés at a local coffee festival. But despite the […]

Macro-Lots 2016: Everyday Coffees, High Ratings, Good Values

Macro-Lots 2016: Everyday Coffees, High Ratings, Good Values

| March 3, 2016

Many high-scoring coffees we cup at Coffee Review come from micro-lots: small, sometimes tiny, lots of green coffee from a single farm or cooperative, often produced from a single tree variety, and often processed in some special or distinctive way. Given how rare they are, these micro-lots are usually available to consumers for only a […]

Roasters: Send Us your “Macro-Lot” Samples

Roasters: Send Us your “Macro-Lot” Samples

| February 16, 2016

We review many superb “micro-lots” at Coffee Review, small lots of special, extremely refined green coffees. For next month, however, we are reviewing what we are calling “macro-lot” coffees, coffees produced from large lots of green coffee, coffees that are likely to be sold over weeks or months, and represent the sort of staple offerings […]

Trolling the Supermarkets for Single-Origin Coffees

Trolling the Supermarkets for Single-Origin Coffees

| February 4, 2016

Every month Coffee Review publishes reviews of exceptional, often extraordinary single-origin coffees: green coffees produced in a single country, from a single crop, from a single farm or cooperative and, often, from a single variety of tree. These coffees are usually roasted and packaged by smaller roasting companies, however, so unless you happen to live […]

CoffeeCon in Los Angeles Saturday

CoffeeCon in Los Angeles Saturday

| January 26, 2016

This coming Saturday, January 30, CoffeeCon, the consumer coffee festival/event, arrives in Los Angeles at The Magic Box@The Reef, 1933 South Broadway. CoffeeCon is a genuine consumer-facing event that combines a casual, intimate feel with coffee-obsessive rigor. Most of the LA area’s leading roasters will be represented with tables or booths. There are hands-on classes […]

Top 30 Coffees of 2015

Top 30 Coffees of 2015

| December 31, 2015

We are pleased to present our Top 30 Coffees of 2015, Coffee Review’s third annual ranking of the most noteworthy coffees among those we reviewed over the past twelve months. In 2015, we cupped thousands of samples and published more than 300 coffee reviews. Approximately ninety of the reviewed coffees scored 94 points or higher. […]

How Coffee Review Works

How Coffee Review Works

| December 31, 2015

Coffee Review is an online publication that reviews coffees and comments on them in formally written tasting reports and informal blogs. Kenneth Davids and Ron Walters founded Coffee Review in 1997. Today it hosts over one million unique visitors per year. All of Coffee Review’s past seventeen years of reviews, tasting reports and blogs are […]

The 100-Point Rating Paradox

The 100-Point Rating Paradox

| December 31, 2015

This is a revision of an article first published by Coffee Review editor Kenneth Davids in Roast Magazine in 2010. We offer it here as a considered overview from Ken on 100-point ratings systems for coffee and on the problematics and philosophy of coffee evaluation. In 1997, Coffee Review started reviewing coffees for consumers and […]