By November 29, 2018 Read Article
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Top Coffees by Category – 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, visit our expanded rankings post from 2015.

We tip our hat to our 2018 top coffees by category below:

Cold Brews

No. 17 – Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Red Bourbon Honey Cold Brew, 94 points

No. 21 – States Coffee & Mercantile, Reserve Cold Brew, 94 points

NR – Blue Bottle Coffee, Cold Brew, 93 points

NR – Cadence Cold Brew Coffee, Single Origin Ethiopia, 93 points

NR – Modern Times Coffee, Black House Blend Cold Brew, 93 points

NR – Roast House, F-Bomb (cold brew), 93 points

Hawaii

No. 1 – Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Kona Mocca, 96 points

NR – Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Karen J Red Bourbon, 94 points

NR – Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee, Ka’u Oro Yeast Typica, 93 points

NR – Ka’u Specialty Coffee, Estate Medium Roast, 93 points

Asia-Pacific

No. 9 – Klatch Coffee, Sumatra Mutu Batak, 94 points

No. 22 – Flight Coffee Co., Sumatra Tano Batak, 94 points

NR – Bluekoff Company, Thai S.O. Natural-Processed Espresso, 92 points

NR – Green Stone Coffee, Indonesia Flores Island, 92 points

Alternative Africas (i.e. Not Ethiopia and Kenya)

No. 3 – JBC Coffee Roasters, Kiniyota Burundi, 95 points

No. 4 – Lexington Coffee Roasters, Tarime Tanzania, 95 points

No. 11 – Dragonfly Coffee Roasters, DR Congo FTO Bourbon SOPACDI, 94 points

No. 23 – Big Shoulders Coffee, Burundi Buhorwa, 94 points

No. 26 – Corvus Coffee, Tumba Rwanda, 93 points

No. 29 – Gorilla Conservation Coffee, Kanyonyi Blend (Uganda) – 92 points

Central America – Non-Gesha

No. 8 – Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, La Providencia Guatemala Maragogype, 95 points

No. 12 – PT’s Coffee Roasting, Finca El Socorro Maracaturra, 95 points

No. 14 – Durango Coffee Company, Costa Rica Perla Negra, 95 points

South America

No. 5 – PT’s Coffee Roasting, Granja La Esperanza Sudan Rume Natural, 95 points

No. 17 – Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Red Bourbon Honey Cold Brew, 94 points

No. 28 – Paradise Roasters, Ecuador Pichincha Typica, 93 points

No. 30 – Red Rooster Coffee Roaster, Peru Finca Ecologica Colorada, 93 points

Darker Roasts

No. 14 – Durango Coffee Company, Costa Rica Perla Negra, 95 points

No. 18 – Simon Hsieh’s Aroma Roast, Mini-Me Washed Kaffa Forest 95 points

NR – Kakalove Cafe, Ethiopia Biftu Gundina Coop Espresso, 94 points

Certified Fair-Trade or Organic

No. 11 – Dragonfly Coffee Roasters, DR Congo FTO Bourbon SOPACDI, 94 points

No. 27 – Magnolia Coffee, Costa Rica Cumbres Del Poas “Perla Negra”, 94 points

NR – Paradise Roasters, Ethiopia Suke Quto Honey, 94 points

NR – Lexington Coffee Roasters, Guachepelin Costa Rica, 93 points

NR – Paradise Roasters, Organic Dulce de Guatemala, 93 points


Espresso Blends
, 94 points

No. 6 – Barrington Coffee Roasting, Twenty Five (espresso blend), 96 points

NR – Kakalove Cafe, Green Dolphin Blend Espresso, 94 points

NR – Kakalove Cafe, Summer Night Blend Espresso, 94 points

NR – Magnolia Coffee, Jade Espresso, 94 points

Non-Espresso Blends

NR – Allegro Coffee, Three Queens Blend, 94 points

NR – Water Avenue Coffee, Canoe Blend, 94 points

NR – Corvus Coffee Roasters, Dead Reckoning Blend, 93 points

Single-Origin Espressos

No. 14 – Durango Coffee Company, Costa Rica Perla Negra, 95 points

No. 15 – JBC Coffee Roasters, Alemu Bukato Espresso (Ethiopia), 95 points

No. 24 – Small Eyes Cafe, Gesha Village Lot 25 (Ethiopia), 95 points

NR – JBC Coffee Roasters, Kiniyota Espresso (Burundi), 95 points

NR – Taokas Coffee, YCFCU Banko Gototi Coop G1 (Ethiopia), 95 points

NR – Simon Hsieh’s Aroma Roast Coffees, Ethiopia Washed Phoenix Special “Muse”, 95 points

Best Values – Espressos

No. 6 – Barrington Coffee Roasting, Twenty Five (espresso blend), 96 points – $14.55/12 oz.

No. 14 – Durango Coffee Company, Costa Rica Perla Negra, 95 points – $16.95/12 oz.

No. 15 – JBC Coffee Roasters, Alemu Bukato Espresso, 95 points – $18.75/12 oz.

Best Values – Non-Espressos

No. 4 – Lexington Coffee Roasters, Tarime Tanzania, 95 points – $14.75/12 oz.

No. 9 – Klatch Coffee, Sumatra Mutu Batak, 94 points – $14.95/12 oz.

NR – Paradise Roasters, Organic Dulce de Guatemala, 93 points – $11.95/12 oz.

 

In the coming days, we’ll announce top coffees for the following categories:

Cold Brews

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Ron Walters, co-founder of Coffee Review, manages business operations, including CoffeeReview.com, marketing, and social media. He conceived of and helped pioneer the development of 100-point reviews in the specialty coffee industry. For the past twenty years, he has been engaged in strategy, marketing, and management of specialty food and beverage businesses.

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