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African Great Lakes Coffees: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, Tanzania

African Great Lakes Coffees: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, Tanzania

| June 12, 2018

The countries whose coffee regions nestle around the Great Lakes of Central Africa—Rwanda, Burundi, and key growing areas of Uganda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—make appearances in the news cycle more often for conflict than for coffee. But these countries are also longtime coffee-producing lands that have, within the last 10 years […]

Coffees from Brazil: Chocolate, Simplicity and Some Surprises

Coffees from Brazil: Chocolate, Simplicity and Some Surprises

| May 8, 2018

For more than 150 years, Brazil has produced more coffee than any other country in the world. Coffee prices worldwide fall and rise on the slightest whisper of good news or bad news about Brazil’s next coffee crop. Brazil also is among the world’s most technologically advanced coffee producers. Nevertheless, for buyers of high-end single-origin […]

Women in Coffee: Why It Matters That “She’s the Roaster”

Women in Coffee: Why It Matters That “She’s the Roaster”

| April 9, 2018

Last summer, we began our exploration of women’s roles in the complex coffee supply chain by looking at the work of farmers—women who work in coffee production as pickers, managers, members of cooperatives, and owners of small farms. In this month’s report, we turn our attention to those women who are crucial in the next […]

Value Coffees: Searching for the Exceptional at Everyday Prices

Value Coffees: Searching for the Exceptional at Everyday Prices

| March 9, 2018

At Coffee Review, we often feel conflicting impulses and pressures in regard to coffee retail prices. On one hand, we feel strongly that high retail prices are essential to support producers as well as to honor our commitment to coffee as an extraordinary beverage. On the other, we want to be inclusive and recognize that many […]

Blending Coffees: Craft, Intuition and Thematic Riffs

Blending Coffees: Craft, Intuition and Thematic Riffs

| February 8, 2018

Blending any two or more things together is a curious and complex act. In winemaking, grapes are often blended to combine extremes in character while simultaneously softening each. Foods may be blended for contrast: Lemon and butter combined, for example, make a classic sauce for pasta or fish that is both richly creamy and tart, […]

Top 30 Coffees of 2017

Top 30 Coffees of 2017

| January 1, 2018

We are pleased to present our list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2017, Coffee Review’s fifth annual ranking of the most exciting coffees we reviewed over the course of the past year. Coffee Review’s goal, as always, is to celebrate coffee roasters, farmers and mill-owners who make an extra effort to produce coffees that […]

Top Value Coffees of 2017

Top Value Coffees of 2017

| December 15, 2017

Some readers seek coffees with the highest scores.  Others look for great value.  What if you want both?  The coffees below were singled out on our 2017 list of Top Coffees by Category as the best value in 2017. As December 15, 2017, all six of these fine coffees are available for sale on the […]

2017 Holiday Gift Coffees

2017 Holiday Gift Coffees

| December 5, 2017

Each year, we ask roasters to send us exceptional coffees available only during the holidays, coffees that might make particularly gratifying gifts or splurges for coffee-lovers. In past years, approaches have ranged from particularly fine lots of classic coffees that roasters reserved for the holiday season, to rare and often expensive seasonally available micro-lot coffees, […]

Shop the Top 30

Shop the Top 30

| November 25, 2017

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 […]

Top Coffees by Category – 2017

Top Coffees by Category – 2017

| November 25, 2017

In the past, our Top 30 Coffees lists tended to favor high-scoring coffees produced from botanical varieties of Arabica with striking sensory properties such as Geshas, coffees from the distinctive traditional Ethiopian varieties, Kenyan coffees, and so on. In 2015, we began the practice of recognizing coffees by category to focus attention on fine coffees […]