Convenience vs. Quality in Ready-to-Drink Black Coffee
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by Kim Westerman
1M ago
Summer is upon us, and that means one thing for many coffee lovers: cold coffee. It sounds like such a simple beverage, but the number of brew methods and packaging technologies currently on the market, many of them proprietary, make choosing a ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee confusing. We decided to cut a path through the complicated landscape of RTD products in hopes of getting some clarity. According to a recent report by Allied Market Research, if the $33 billion RTD coffee market keeps pace with its predicted compound annual growth rate of 5 percent, the sector will be worth $53.5 billion by ..read more
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2024 Reader Survey: Who Reads Coffee Review?
Coffee Review
by Ron Walters
2M ago
When you’re reading Coffee Review, you may find yourself wondering who else is in the virtual room with you. Who else is reading a report about the fine points of a processing method or origin, and what are they thinking? And what coffees are they drinking? These questions are very important to us at Coffee Review, of course. Not only do we want satisfied readers who keep coming back to read us again and again, but we also harbor a basic human curiosity about who might be reading our reports and reviews and why. We have two main ways we learn about our readers. First is the broad and imperson ..read more
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Single-Origin Espressos: Anaerobics Crash the Party
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by Kenneth Davids
3M ago
What is a single-origin espresso? Very generally defined, it’s an espresso produced from a single crop of coffee grown and processed in a single country, region, cooperative or farm. In other words, it is not a blend of coffees grown in different places or at different times. Single-origin (S.O.) espressos allow an espresso drinker to explore the wider world of coffee in the same mindful, informed way as coffee drinkers who taste their coffees brewed as drip or French press. With single-origin espressos, the curious espresso drinker can explore the sensory impacts of variables like tree varie ..read more
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Hawaiʻi Coffee Roasters’ Unique Place in the Global Coffee Scene
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by Kim Westerman
5M ago
A view of the Pacific Ocean from Hala Tree’s coffee farm in Captain Cook, Hawai’i. Courtesy of Hala Tree.   When most of us think of Hawaiʻi, we think of perfect beaches, iconic sunsets and unparalleled relaxation. When coffee lovers think of Hawaiʻi, “Kona” is often the first word that comes to mind. But while the Hawaiian Islands are, indeed, a paradise, they’re also a place where coffee is a critical part of the economy — an economy that’s been hammered over the past few years by the Covid-19 pandemic and by devastating wildfires, not to mention agricultural pests and diseases specif ..read more
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A Deeper Look at Coffee Review’s Top 30 Coffees of 2023
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by Kenneth Davids and Ron Walters
7M ago
In 2023, Coffee Review blind-tasted more than 3,000 coffee samples from hundreds of leading roasting companies and coffee producers around the world. We ultimately published nearly 600 reviews on CoffeeReview.com over the course of the year. The Top 30 Coffees of 2023 is our editors’ ranking of the 30 most exciting of these coffees, representing roughly 5 percent of the coffees we reviewed. This is the 11th year we have compiled our Top 30 list. This annual event supports our mission to help consumers identify and purchase superior-quality coffees, while also helping recognize and r ..read more
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2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Coffee Makers Made by Coffee Makers
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by Howard Bryman
8M ago
An array of coffee brewers and grinders designed by working coffee professionals. Photo courtesy of Howard Bryman.   For all the many beautiful and clever pieces of equipment that exist for brewing coffee, it’s remarkable just how few of them are designed by “coffee people” — people whose primary occupation is within the coffee industry. Houseware companies and other manufacturers will sometimes consult with specialty coffee pros when developing products for the quality-oriented audience. And of course, electrical and mechanical engineers are perhaps best suited to the task of designing ..read more
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Shop for the Top 30 Coffees of 2023
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by Ron Walters
8M ago
We’re pleased to help facilitate your shopping and gift-giving by providing links to roasters’ websites where Top 30 coffees may be available for purchase. As of the morning of Saturday, November 25, the Top 30 coffees below were available for purchase on roasters’ websites. No. 2 | Review | Shop |Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Kona Pointu, 97 points – $69.95/8 ounces No. 3 | Review | Shop | GK Coffee, 2023 BOP GW-03 Princessa Carmen Geisha Washed, 98 points – $390.00/100 grams No. 4 | Review | Shop | modcup coffee, Colombia Wilton Benitez Sidra, 96 points – $390.00 ..read more
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Fruit- and Spice-Fermented Coffees: The Cup and the Controversy
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by Kenneth Davids - Reviews by Kim Westerman
8M ago
Finca La Loma in Costa Rica’s Tarrazu growing region. Courtesy of David’s Nose. At the experimental tip of the specialty coffee world, the excitement never stops. The latest processing twist from Colombian and Central American coffee growers involves putting natural fruit, herbs or spices into the fermentation tank with the coffee during processing. The fermentation tanks are usually sealed, making this fermentation anaerobic as well. Readers of our March 2023 report know that anaerobic fermentation tends to create tangy sweet (sometimes very tangy sweet) profiles with surprising flavor note ..read more
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Top 30 Coffees of 2023: The Countdown Begins Friday, November 17
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by Ron Walters
9M ago
Since 2013, Coffee Review has published an annual list of the year’s Top 30 Coffees, ranking the most exciting coffees from the thousands we cupped over the course of the year.  Each year, we rank the 30 most exciting coffees  based on quality (represented by overall Coffee Review rating); value (affordability relative to other similar quality coffees); and other factors that include distinctiveness of style, uniqueness of origin, tree variety, processing method, certification, and general rarity. This year, our countdown of the Top 30 Coffees of 2023 will begin on Friday ..read more
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New Coffee Varieties: Sidra, Chiroso, Pink Bourbon, Wush Wush
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by Kenneth Davids
9M ago
Welcome sign at Finca El Divisi in Colombia’s Huila Department. Courtesy of Chromatic Coffee. I’ll start with a familiar story. Around 2004, a Panama coffee farmer, Price Peterson, found a field of coffee trees growing on his property that was different in appearance from other trees. He entered the coffee from those trees as a separate lot in the 2004 Best of Panama green coffee competition, and that coffee, competing as the “Geisha” variety of Arabica, blew away that year’s competition, that year’s coffees from any other place in the world, and everyone who tasted it. Coffee from this newl ..read more
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