By December 2, 2015 Read Article
Coffee Rankings by Category 2016

Category Rankings

Over the past couple years, Coffee Review’s annual “Top 30” ranking of the year’s most noteworthy coffees has attracted considerable attention.  As many readers have noted, our rankings tended to favor high-scoring coffees produced from botanical varieties of Arabica with striking sensory properties: coffees of the Gesha/Geisha variety, coffees from the distinctive traditional Ethiopian varieties, Kenyan coffees, and so on.

For 2015, we decided to create additional categories that will focus attention on fine coffees from other parts of the world and/or produced from less celebrated botanical varieties.  The coffees below may not have attracted superlative ratings of 95 points or more but we believe they merit recognition for their excellence nonetheless.

With some exceptions, coffees that appear in the Top 30 are not recognized in the expanded category lists.  For more information, visit our expanded rankings post.


Certified Coffees


Central America (Non-Gesha)


Single Origin Espressos


Alternative Africas


Best Values (still available for sale as of December 7, 2015)


Espresso Blends


Non-Espresso Blends


South America




Darker Roasts








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About the Author:

Ron Walters, co-founder of Coffee Review, manages business operations, including, marketing, and social media. He conceived of and helped pioneer the development of 100-point reviews in the specialty coffee industry. For the past twenty years, he has been engaged in strategy, marketing, and management of specialty food and beverage businesses.

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