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Finally, Reviews of U.K. Coffees

By my count, in 2013, we reviewed coffees from 12 countries, namely the United States, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, China, Netherlands, Guatemala, Italy, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, and Sweden. The United Kingdom is noticeably absent from the list.  London (and the U.K. in general) has a thriving specialty coffee scene that rivals that of other [...]



Melbourne Has the World’s Best Coffee?

According to an article in the Melbourne Herald Sun, Booking.com surveyed more than 1,000 of its users from around the world and determined that Melbourne, Australia has the world’s best coffee.  Really? This conclusion merits a little closer look.  First, at Coffee Review, we always point out that there is no such thing as a [...]

Kenneth

Kenneth Davids' Blog


Kenneth co-founded the Coffee Review with Ron Walters in 1997. Since then, Kenneth’s articles and reviews have appeared monthly on CoffeeReview.com. He has written for most major industry print magazines, including an ongoing column in Roast Magazine. In 1996 he was awarded a Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Coffee Literature by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.



A Tribute to the Life of Wicha Promyong, Doi Chaang Coffee

In 2011 I spent several days at the Doi Chaang coffee cooperative in northern Thailand. There I encountered the extraordinary Wicha Promyong, the inspirational leader of the Doi Chaang coffee cooperative and its sister company, Doi Chaang Coffee. Shockingly and unexpectedly, Khun Wicha succumbed to a heart attack on Thursday, January 23, 2057 (2014) near [...]



Arabica Anxiety and Robustas

I’m here in El Salvador for “Let’s Talk Coffee,” a yearly meeting of mostly small-holding coffee producers, roasters, importer and exporters, and development agencies. It’s sponsored by Sustainable Harvest, a long-time pioneering American importer of cooperative and small-producer coffees.   I came here in part to deliver a presentation on Robusta coffees. It was part [...]



How Does One Rate Milk!?

We’re currently testing new capsule espresso systems for July’s featured article.  There are three: the Starbucks Verismo, the Keurig Rivo (with coffee capsules produced by Lavazza), and a dark horse, the Singolo, with machine and capsules produced in Italy and imported by a Canadian company with distribution in the United States. We are benchmarking these [...]


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Kenneth Davids - Kenneth has published three books on coffee, including Coffee: A Guide To Buying, Brewing & Enjoying, which has sold more the 250,000 copies. (bio) (posts)

Industry Issues and News

Industry events, news, trends. Opinions, controversies, new products, and more.

Finally, Reviews of U.K. Coffees

By my count, in 2013, we reviewed coffees from 12 countries, namely the United States, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, China, Netherlands, Guatemala, Italy, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, and Sweden. The United Kingdom is noticeably absent from the list.  London (and the U.K. in general) has a thriving specialty coffee scene that rivals that of other [...]


Melbourne Has the World’s Best Coffee?

According to an article in the Melbourne Herald Sun, Booking.com surveyed more than 1,000 of its users from around the world and determined that Melbourne, Australia has the world’s best coffee.  Really? This conclusion merits a little closer look.  First, at Coffee Review, we always point out that there is no such thing as a [...]

Espresso

Espresso brewing, blending, roasting, equipment, styles, drinks, issues, controversies.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Currently the predominant style in high-end, artisan roasting is certainly light roasting or medium-light roasting, which allows the roaster to highlight the character of the bean rather than the roast.  However, there is no question that many coffee lovers still prefer the bittersweet bite of dark roasts, even if the subtle varietal characteristics have been [...]


How Does One Rate Milk!?

We’re currently testing new capsule espresso systems for July’s featured article.  There are three: the Starbucks Verismo, the Keurig Rivo (with coffee capsules produced by Lavazza), and a dark horse, the Singolo, with machine and capsules produced in Italy and imported by a Canadian company with distribution in the United States. We are benchmarking these [...]

Green Coffee Origins and Issues

Trends, trips, processing, varieties, discoveries. Cupping room reports, green coffee competitions and issues.

Arabica Anxiety and Robustas

I’m here in El Salvador for “Let’s Talk Coffee,” a yearly meeting of mostly small-holding coffee producers, roasters, importer and exporters, and development agencies. It’s sponsored by Sustainable Harvest, a long-time pioneering American importer of cooperative and small-producer coffees.   I came here in part to deliver a presentation on Robusta coffees. It was part [...]


Rejoice at Low Coffee Prices? What about Fair Trade?

On Monday, the LA Times ran an article titled Coffee drinkers rejoice: Price of beans hits four-year low.  Now, we’re glad that favorable weather conditions are helping increase coffee production.  And, you certainly can’t blame consumers (or the LA Times) for welcoming lower prices.   However, keep in mind that lower green coffee prices can [...]

Coffee at Home

Buying, brewing, grinding, roasting, equipment, recipes, food pairing, and more.

A Morning Cup by Jason Sarley

Many readers ask us about the best way to brew coffee, and the short answer is: whatever way is best for you and your tastes is the surest way. Although there are some worthwhile guidelines that can help even a first-time brewer prepare a good cup of coffee, I follow three fundamental rules: How-Hot, How-Much, [...]


Guatemala Cupping: Sneak Peek

Sneak peek from the lab… According to Kenneth: “We have cupped about twenty Guatemalas with about ten more to go. We’ve encountered a very wide and impressive range of cup profiles, particularly in the way they reflect the cup tendencies of various botanical varieties of Arabica, from deep, meaty Pacamaras to intense, high-toned, perfumy Geshas. [...]

Coffee Business: Roasting and Retailing

Roasting issues, strategies, equipment. Reports from coffee roasting companies, cafes, coffeehouses.

Finally, Reviews of U.K. Coffees

By my count, in 2013, we reviewed coffees from 12 countries, namely the United States, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, China, Netherlands, Guatemala, Italy, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, and Sweden. The United Kingdom is noticeably absent from the list.  London (and the U.K. in general) has a thriving specialty coffee scene that rivals that of other [...]


The Top 30 Coffees of 2013

View list of Top 30 Coffees of 2013 Coffee Review introduced 100-point reviews to the specialty coffee industry in 1997.  Over the years since then we’ve cupped tens of thousands of samples and produced reviews for nearly 3,500 coffees. We are often asked, “What is the best coffee?”  To which we give the obvious answer: [...]

Sustainability and Coffee Causes

Sustainability, Fair Trade, organic farming, eco and green practices, social causes.


A Tribute to the Life of Wicha Promyong, Doi Chaang Coffee

In 2011 I spent several days at the Doi Chaang coffee cooperative in northern Thailand. There I encountered the extraordinary Wicha Promyong, the inspirational leader of the Doi Chaang coffee cooperative and its sister company, Doi Chaang Coffee. Shockingly and unexpectedly, Khun Wicha succumbed to a heart attack on Thursday, January 23, 2057 (2014) near [...]


Rejoice at Low Coffee Prices? What about Fair Trade?

On Monday, the LA Times ran an article titled Coffee drinkers rejoice: Price of beans hits four-year low.  Now, we’re glad that favorable weather conditions are helping increase coffee production.  And, you certainly can’t blame consumers (or the LA Times) for welcoming lower prices.   However, keep in mind that lower green coffee prices can [...]