Introduction by Kenneth Davids, Editor in Chief Phyllis Johnson, longtime president of green coffee importer BD Imports, has emerged as an eloquent spokesperson for acknowledgement and change at a time when specialty coffee is searching for an effective response to systemic racism in the U.S. Her writing and speeches have rallied the specialty coffee community and she has created an
Coffee Review publishes regularly scheduled monthly coffee tasting reports according to our editorial calendar as well 100-point wine-style coffee reviews throughout the month. Our Journal page is where we share news, updates, and general blog posts to keep readers and industry professionals up to date about Coffee Review and other topics of interest to coffee lovers.
For the past several months, Coffee Review has been intensely focused on helping small coffee roasters survive the coronavirus crisis. We rolled up our sleeves, put down our heads, and continued to pursue our mission of helping consumers find superior quality coffees, while recognizing and rewarding the roasters and farmers who produce those coffees. However, as we reflected on the tragic
In April 2020, Coffee Review conducted a survey of its readers to better understand the impacts of the coronavirus crisis on members of the coffee community. We received over 100 survey responses from readers in 19 countries. Roughly three-quarters of respondents were from the United States, with 30 states represented. Nearly eight out of ten respondents were consumers; the remainder were coffee
As you probably know, many local and niche publishers, particularly web-based publishers like Coffee Review, are not financially sustainable based solely on advertising revenue. Most of our advertisers are small coffee roasting companies with limited marketing budgets. Raising advertising rates is a painful prospect in normal times. It's simply out of the question with many roasters facing severe
One of the best ways you can support coffee companies and their employees during the COVID-19 crisis is to simply purchase their coffee. Better yet, you can purchase e-gift cards, which provides immediate cash support. If possible, buy gift cards in excess of your immediate needs. Perhaps get an early start on your holiday gift shopping with some special stocking stuffers. On behalf of the
These small but important actions will make a real difference in your local community: First - Take Precautions. Please take every precaution to protect yourself, your families, your co-workers, and your community from spreading the COVID-19 virus. Follow the advice from the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Second - Buy Coffee. Your daily coffee
We are living in unsettling times. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing challenges and hardships for all of our families, businesses, healthcare workers, first responders and, of course, coffee communities locally and around the world. First and foremost, our thoughts are with the individuals and families who are directly affected by the virus. For those who are sick, we wish you a speedy recovery.
Our mission always has been to help consumers identify and purchase superior quality coffees. But purchasing superior quality coffee beans won't guarantee a superior quality coffee experience if poorly prepared with inferior equipment. So it's not surprising that we frequently receive requests from readers for reviews of coffee equipment. In our most recent reader survey, 88% of respondents were
Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2019 represents our seventh annual ranking of the most exciting coffees we tested over the course of the year. This annual effort supports our mission of helping consumers identify and purchase superior quality coffees and, in the process, helping drive demand and increase prices to reward farmers and roasters who invest time, passion and capital in
Some readers seek coffees with highest scores regardless of price. Others look for great value, that is highly rated coffees that are also affordable relative to other similar quality coffees. The coffees and espressos below were singled out on our 2019 list of Top Coffees by Category as the best values in 2019. Best Values – Non-espressos No. 6 - Dragonfly Coffee Roasters, Kenya
In 2015, we began the practice of recognizing top coffees by category to focus attention on fine coffees that may not have earned a place on our Top 30 Coffees list. The coffees below may not have attracted the highest scores of the year but they merit recognition for their excellence nonetheless. For more information, visit our expanded rankings post from 2015. We are pleased to recognize
Coffee Review‘s mission is to help consumers identify and purchase superior quality coffees and, in the process, help drive demand and increase prices to reward farmers and roasters who invest time, passion, and capital in producing high quality coffee beans. Many of our readers seek out highly rated coffees for their own enjoyment or as thoughtful gifts for coffee lovers. Coffees that appear
On Monday, November 25, Coffee Review will begin revealing its list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2019. We previously expected to start the countdown on Friday, November 22 but we are working to reduce the impact of an ongoing denial of service attack and want to make sure the Coffee Review website is stable, fully functioning, and capable of handling the surge in traffic that accompanies the Top 30
Since 2013, our editors have published a list of the year's Top 30 Coffees, ranking the most exciting coffees from the thousands we cupped over the course of the year. Each year, we rank the 30 most exciting coffees and espressos based on quality (represented by overall Coffee Review rating); value (affordability relative to other similar quality coffees); and other factors that include
For years, we have deflected criticisms that, on one hand, Coffee Review ratings are too high (though they are in line with wine reviews) and, on the other hand, that we never go past 97, even with coffees that propose a combination of flawless perfection with startling distinctiveness. I recall a conversation with George Howell, who years ago challenged me when we lavished great praise on one of
When we last wrote in depth about Geisha (also spelled Gesha) coffees in 2017, a 100-pound lot of this prized variety of Arabica, grown at Hacienda La Esmeralda by the Peterson family, had just broken the then-current record for the highest price ever paid for a green coffee: $601 per pound. Flash forward to July of this year, when that record was shattered by the Lamastus family, whose Elida
The Coffee Paradox, by Benoit Daviron and Stefano Ponte (Zed Books, 2005) analyzes at length the disturbing trend that, just as coffee has grown fashionable and retail prices for coffee have increased in regions where coffee is consumed, like North America, Europe and East Asia, the basic prices paid to growers for their green coffees have decreased, rather radically. In 1997 the composite price
In 1997, Coffee Review pioneered the first-ever 100-point, wine-style reviews in the specialty coffee industry. More than two decades later, Tea Review, a long overdue offshoot of Coffee Review, is introducing 100-point reviews to the tea industry. In addition to his existing role with Coffee Review, Ron Walters will lead Tea Review's efforts to roll out tea reviews in the specialty tea market.
When we put out our call for classic espresso blends for our June 2019 report, we were not prepared for the overwhelming response: We received 54 samples from roasters based in North America and 46 from roasters based in Asia, all in Taiwan. The magnitude of the response was, perhaps, due to our openness. We had decided not to be prescriptive about what constitutes "classic," but to let roasters
Once a year, we ask roasters to submit coffees roasted for espresso for a special tasting with an outside lab partner, always focused around a specific theme. In recent years, we've covered natural-process and single-origin espresso from the Americas; in 2015, we reported on "open-source" espresso blends, documenting the growing trend of openly revealing blend components to consumers, rather than