There are three ways to obtain evaluations from Coffee Review:
Reviews for Tasting Reports. We publish coffee tasting reports on specific topics about six times per year. The calendar for such tasting reports can be found on our annual 2020 Editorial Calendar. There is no charge for roasters to submit samples for reviews that are published in association with our tasting reports. However, keep in mind that we publish reviews for a relatively small number of the submissions received for each month’s report. Of the many coffees typically submitted, we sample no more than 40 (on a blind basis) before settling on approximately 10 that ultimately appear in the final report. Consequently, we cannot supply feedback on coffees submitted for tasting reports that do not appear in the final set of published reviews.
Email [email protected] for more information or to indicate that you are sending a sample for consideration. For samples intended for espresso brewing, please send a minimum of 16 ounces of whole beans of commercially available coffee in standard consumer packaging. For non-espressos, please send at least 12 ounces of whole beans in standard consumer packaging. Contact us for detailed sample needs for pods, instant coffees, and other pre-ground formats.
Commissioned Sensory Evaluation with Review. Objective, blind reviews in Coffee Review format are also available for $350 per sample. The fee for advertisers is $195 per non-espresso sample and $245 per espresso sample. Sample needs for commissioned reviews are the same as those indicated for tasting reports above.
We may limit the number of coffees we accept for commissioned review in any one month, owing to travel or other contingencies, so it is essential to query [email protected] before sending coffees for commissioned review. These reviews can be quoted for public use following the same guidelines for reviews published in association with a tasting report. After receiving a review, the submitting roaster has 30 days to decide to keep the review private or request to have it displayed on CoffeeReview.com. However, it remains the sole discretion of Coffee Review whether it will display a review. When a review is published, the roaster will receive an electronic score medallion that can be used for marketing purposes.
Commissioned Private Assessments of Roasted and Green Coffees. Sensory assessments of coffee samples for confidential use can be purchased directly from Kenneth Davids as part of his consulting services. The focus of these private evaluations depends on the client’s needs, which may include internal review or evaluation, third-person audit of quality assurance programs, evaluation of green coffee, etc. These reviews follow the Coffee Review format and ratings system, but they may not be publicly quoted or used for promotional purposes and will not be displayed on the Coffee Review website. Professional fees for Coffee-Review-style private assessments of retail-roasted coffees are US$195 per sample ($245 for assessment in espresso format). Fees for a Coffee Review-style assessment of green, un-roasted coffees start at $250 per sample and $295 in espresso format. Related consulting services for green coffees may involve additional fees. Contact [email protected] for more detailed information, and to arrange submission and timing for commissioned private assessments.
Licensing Agreements for Promotional Use of Reviews of Standard Offerings by Larger Retail Companies or Chains. On occasion, larger companies with extensive retail reach may wish to use Coffee Review reviews, ratings, and medallions to promote coffees that represent regular, mainstay year-long or multi-year offerings. In other words, coffees, usually blends, offered under the same name over a relatively long time and over a relatively large geography. In these cases, Coffee Review may propose a year-long renewable licensing agreement that covers use of our content and ratings medallions as well as periodic quality control monitoring of the coffee(s) covered by the agreement. Please contact Ron Walters at R[email protected] for more information.
Other Coffee Review Contacts.
For media queries, questions on consulting, and conference invitations and questions, please contact Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Davids at [email protected]. For technical coffee-related questions not involving consulting, contact associate editor Jason Sarley at [email protected].
Coffee Review Mailing Address
The mailing address for coffee samples and other correspondence is:
2625 Alcatraz Ave. #263
Berkeley, CA 94705