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Barista Stories: Viktor Svensson of Café Pascal, Stockholm

Barista Stories: Viktor Svensson of Café Pascal, Stockholm

Our Barista Stories series has been long in the making. Since our first visits to cafes around Europe, we have met many amazing baristas who have had a number of interesting stories to share. We love the speciality coffee community exactly for the people building it and are thrilled to...
What Temperature Should Your Cappuccino Milk Be?

What Temperature Should Your Cappuccino Milk Be?

Have you ever been served a cappuccino that is too hot to handle? Or received one that is lukewarm and unappetising? Or maybe you noticed that the foam on your espresso-based drink collapsed by the time you got it to your table. The temperature of milk used in a cappuccino affects...
Rocket Bean Roast ‘Drop-the-Mic’ Coffees in Riga, Latvia

Rocket Bean Roast ‘Drop-the-Mic’ Coffees in Riga, Latvia

Rocket Bean is a coffee roastery based in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The company is the biggest speciality coffee roaster in the country, for which the foundations were laid already 12 years ago, with their King Coffee Service. We talked to Ancis Romanovskis, the Managing Director of Rocket Bean,...
Barista Stories: Aurélie Monnin of Holybelly, Paris

Barista Stories: Aurélie Monnin of Holybelly, Paris

Our Barista Stories series has been long in the making. Since our first visits to cafes around Europe, we have met many amazing baristas who have had a number of interesting stories to share. We love the speciality coffee community exactly for the people building it and are thrilled to...
Rusty Nails Coffee Roasters Are Not Hipsters Anymore

Rusty Nails Coffee Roasters Are Not Hipsters Anymore

Rusty Nail’s founder and Head Roaster, Rene Kralovic, told us: “I really went out there with the roasting. And I found the perfect partner for it, Peter [Kollar], and I was crazy enough and he was stupid enough to trust me we could do it. And from that point on,...
Coffee Roasting Made Simple Is the Newest Book for All Roasters

Coffee Roasting Made Simple Is the Newest Book for All Roasters

As the speciality coffee market is growing, more and more passionate people are getting into the craft of coffee roasting. Sometimes the start is tough and confusing, with a lot of new information, and so you can get easily lost in it. Luckily there are several guides pushing you in...
A Look into the Future of the Italian Coffee Scene with Professor Morris

A Look into the Future of the Italian Coffee Scene with Professor Morris

Professor Jonathan Morris Ph.D is a Research Professor at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, who has published extensively about the history of coffee. Professor Morris spent several years living and studying in Italy in the late ’80s and most of the last three decades were spent researching and understanding Italy's...
Coffee Tour of Prague’s Vinohrady District

Coffee Tour of Prague’s Vinohrady District

Now considered a prominent part of the capital used to be an independent city not even a hundred years ago. Vinohrady is the place that produced wine back in the day, gaining wealth, as well as its name thanks to the wine production. The name Vinohrady translates as vineyards. Coffee...
Barista Stories: Jason Hyndman of 5A, Belfast

Barista Stories: Jason Hyndman of 5A, Belfast

Our Barista Stories series has been long in the making. Since our first visits to cafes around Europe, we have met many amazing baristas who have had a number of interesting stories to share. We love the speciality coffee community exactly for the people building it and are thrilled to...
Steve and Roland Top 10 of 2018

Steve and Roland Top 10 of 2018

Every year for a while both me and Roland sit down and remains about coffees of the previous year. This year is no different, and we argue, we agree and go through some very special coffees of 2018. Please excuse the length (we love talking) and don’t ask about the...
Top 30 Coffees of 2018

Top 30 Coffees of 2018

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...
How different are Speciality Coffee Shops from Mainstream Cafes?

How different are Speciality Coffee Shops from Mainstream Cafes?

As third-wave coffee shops have become popular around Europe, their characteristics have become the new standard among trendy cafes. Customers who have acknowledged the existence of a flat white often mistake a mainstream, yet trendy cafe with the third-wave one. For these customers, speciality and third-wave cafes fall into the...
Dec  9, Kopi Luwak coffee from Kaya Kopi

Dec 9, Kopi Luwak coffee from Kaya Kopi

A must-try coffee for coffee lovers, Kopi Luwak coffee is “processed” by wild Asian palm civets....
2018 Holiday Gift Coffees

2018 Holiday Gift Coffees

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...
Top Coffees by Category – 2018

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...
Best Value Coffees of 2018

Best Value Coffees of 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....
Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Sometimes its hard to know where to start when it comes to gifts for coffee lovers, which is why we've put together a few tips to help you find the perfect gift this Christmas.   Brewing methods A good place to start is to find out what type of home brewing methods they...
Shop the Top 30

Shop the Top 30

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...
Ethiopia Single Farmer Coffee

Ethiopia Single Farmer Coffee

We believe in knowing the producers we work with. Our aim is for you to know the names of the people whose farms your coffee is grown on. In some cases this has been super easy – in other cases, not so easy! One of the most difficult places to get information...
“Big-Bean” Coffee Varieties: Novelty, Scarcity, and Atypical Sensory Pleasures

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

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...
Top 30 Kicks Off November 23

Top 30 Kicks Off November 23

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...
Nov 11, Coffee Gear Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Nov 11, Coffee Gear Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

This year there are numerous gourmet coffee gifts to choose from for the coffee lover in your life....
Nov 10, Alcoholic coffee drinks recipes.

Nov 10, Alcoholic coffee drinks recipes.

Alcoholic coffee drinks recipes for after-dinner treats. If you have the liqueurs and the coffee, we have the recipes....
Nov 10, How to choose the right espresso machine for your home.

Nov 10, How to choose the right espresso machine for your home.

When it comes to buying an espresso machine for home use, you can choose between a manual and an automatic, or somewhere in between....
Mountain States Coffee Roasters: High Elevations, Classic Coffees

Mountain States Coffee Roasters: High Elevations, Classic Coffees

In 2017, Coffee Review began exploring the vibrant roasting scenes in various regions of the U.S., beginning with last year’s popular tasting report on coffees of the American Southwest. This year we take a look at roasters in the U.S. mountain states: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. We received...