Coffee Review was founded in 1997 by Kenneth Davids and Ron Walters. Coffee Review introduced the first-ever 100-point, wine-style coffee reviews to the specialty coffee industry. Over the course of the ensuing 20-plus years, Coffee Review has become the world’s most widely read and influential coffee buying guide, with as many as one million readers per year. Many of the advances in the changing world of specialty coffee have been reflected in and often anticipated by our thousands of reviews and hundreds of tasting reports over the years.
Our 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.
Coffee Review publishes a monthly tasting report with related reviews based on cuppings conducted by Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Davids and our editorial team. Mr. Davids has published three books on coffee in four languages, has traveled throughout the coffee growing world, and has given hundreds of presentations and trainings to coffee professionals and aficionados. Each month, we post additional reviews that are not associated with a tasting report.
The concept remains simple: We conduct blind, expert cuppings of coffees from all over the world, and report the findings in the form of 100-point reviews, while educating readers about coffee with in-depth tasting reports each month, themed around coffee origins, issues, and factors that influence coffee quality and character.
Our goal at Coffee Review is to point readers to the best coffees in the world that are available at any given time, and to educate coffee drinkers, food service professionals, and the coffee trade with a trustworthy and easy-to-use guide based on objective, blind reviews and cutting-edge reports.
If you’re new to Coffee Review, you might be interested in Interpreting Reviews, which explains how to read our scores and why one should not simply shop by the numbers. For a more detailed explanation of our rating system and evaluation processes, read How Coffee Review Works. For more on our history, check out Reflecting on Two Decades of Coffee Review.