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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 […]

2018 Holiday Gift Coffees

2018 Holiday Gift Coffees

| December 6, 2018

Every year in November, we put out a call for special coffees that roasters around the world are featuring for the holidays. It’s always a surprise and a delight to discover what surfaces during this weeks-long cupping. And what we learn never fails to be compelling in multi-faceted ways. Some roasters approach seasonal offerings by […]

Top Coffees by Category – 2018

Top Coffees by Category – 2018

| November 29, 2018

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, […]

Best Value Coffees of 2018

Best Value Coffees of 2018

| November 29, 2018

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 below were singled out on our 2018 list of Top Coffees by Category as the best values in 2018. As of November 29, […]

Shop the Top 30

Shop the Top 30

| November 28, 2018

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 […]

“Big-Bean” Coffee Varieties: Novelty, Scarcity, and Atypical Sensory Pleasures

“Big-Bean” Coffee Varieties: Novelty, Scarcity, and Atypical Sensory Pleasures

| November 13, 2018

Among the hundreds of coffees we review each year at Coffee Review, a very small percentage represent what we’ve come to affectionately call “big-bean” varieties, coffee from tree varieties that produce beans that are dramatically larger than average. The most common of these are Pacamara, Maragogipe and Maracaturra, though there are some even more obscure […]

Top 30 Kicks Off November 23

Top 30 Kicks Off November 23

| November 12, 2018

On Friday, November 23, Coffee Review began revealing its list of the Top 30. As we have done for the past five years, our editors rank the most exciting coffees from the thousands we cupped over the course of the past year.  We will select and rank these 30 exciting coffees and espressos based on quality (represented […]