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El Salvador Coffees 2019: Pacamaras, Bourbons and Change

El Salvador Coffees 2019: Pacamaras, Bourbons and Change

| August 17, 2019

When we focus a report on a single origin, in this case El Salvador, we try to time the report so that we are testing mainly freshly arrived coffees, coffees that represent the best of the year’s new crop. This year, however, we were a bit too early with our report timing. Many of the […]

Introducing Tea Review

Introducing Tea Review

| August 11, 2019

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 […]

Exploring “Classic” Espresso Blends: Taiwan Roasters

Exploring “Classic” Espresso Blends: Taiwan Roasters

| July 1, 2019

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 […]

Exploring “Classic” Espresso Blends: North American Roasters

Exploring “Classic” Espresso Blends: North American Roasters

| June 13, 2019

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 […]

Hawai’i: A New Wave of Coffee Innovation

Hawai’i: A New Wave of Coffee Innovation

| May 15, 2019

The Hawaiian Islands are known the world over for beautiful beaches, diverse microclimates, and both active and dormant volcanoes — pretty much paradise, as the cliché goes. Hawaiian culture is both uniquely American and, in many ways, happily incongruous with mainstream American culture. One island in particular, Hawai’i Island (often called the Big Island), produces […]

New Shopping Options

New Shopping Options

| May 10, 2019

It may be interesting to read about highly rated coffees, but it’s also exciting to purchase and enjoy them. To that end, Coffee Review is always looking for ways to advance its mission “to help consumers identify and purchase superior quality coffees and, in the process, help drive demand and increase prices to reward farmers […]

Sumatra: Earth, Chocolate and Change

Sumatra: Earth, Chocolate and Change

| April 9, 2019

The pleasures of a fine traditional Sumatra are not quite conventional coffee pleasures. The characteristic layering of chocolate, pungent fruit and earth notes in an exceptional wet-hulled Sumatra may mildly turn off coffee drinkers who enjoy more orthodox coffee pleasures: juicier, sweeter fruit, say, or more citrus and flowers, or a suave balance with no […]

Revisiting the Andes: Coffees From Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia

Revisiting the Andes: Coffees From Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia

| March 12, 2019

The three coffee-growing countries that range along the Andes south of Colombia — Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia — have rich and storied coffee histories. When Coffee Review last dove in to this region, with reports in 2010 and 2013, we found many impressively solid, softly balanced coffees in the Latin-American tradition — all produced from […]

New England Coffee Roasters: Embracing (and Reinventing) Tradition

New England Coffee Roasters: Embracing (and Reinventing) Tradition

| February 14, 2019

The very day we spoke with several roasters in New England whose coffees are featured in this month’s tasting report, Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts (now rebranding simply as Dunkin’) and headquartered in Massachusetts, announced plans for expansion. And the company’s “Blueprint for Growth” centers not on doughnuts, but coffee, including the relaunch […]

Top 30 Coffees of 2018

Top 30 Coffees of 2018

| January 1, 2019

We are pleased to present the Top 30 Coffees of 2018, Coffee Review’s sixth annual ranking of the most exciting coffees we tested over the course of the past year. Coffee Review’s goal is to celebrate coffee roasters, farmers and mill-owners who make an extra effort to produce coffees that are not only superb in […]