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Jan 21, Waste-free gourmet coffee with Steeped Coffee.

Jan 21, Waste-free gourmet coffee with Steeped Coffee.

Nothing could be simpler and more waste-free than using a coffee bag to make coffee. Tastes good too....
How drinking coffee before bed affects you

How drinking coffee before bed affects you

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5 facts about the friendship between coffee and poop

5 facts about the friendship between coffee and poop

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Some thoughts on the proposed “latte levy” on takeaway cups

Some thoughts on the proposed “latte levy” on takeaway cups

The UK coffee industry has been in the news recently, as a group of politicians that make up the Environmental Audit Committee have come up with several proposals, but this is by far the most eye-catching (and headline-grabbing): The growing demand for coffee means that the Government should act urgently to tackle...
Origin Trip: Our Head Roaster Jill Purdy Visits Ethiopia

Origin Trip: Our Head Roaster Jill Purdy Visits Ethiopia

The most unique benefit for Water Avenue employees is a program that allows them to travel to origin after working at WAC for one year. Employees get to see first-hand the impact that direct trade is having on farmers’ lives and the communities in which they live. Every year the...
Top 30 Coffees of 2017

Top 30 Coffees of 2017

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...
Dec 26, Bag of home roasted beans is inflating

Dec 26, Bag of home roasted beans is inflating

A couple days after receiving a bag of home-roasted coffee beans, the bag is inflating. It was in a sealed bag that looked free of air. Now, it is...
Predictions for 2018

Predictions for 2018

For a few years, I ran an annual predictions post. I was often wrong, or right a year too early (which is still wrong, despite my urges to claim otherwise). You can see previous predictions here: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 – they are entertaining little time capsules. What led to...
2017 review: a year of coffee highlights

2017 review: a year of coffee highlights

So it’s that time of the year – a time to overindulge in mince pies, to say hello to long lost friends and family and to take stock of the year as a whole. For us, that means looking back over the year in coffee, so we’ve asked the team for their coffee...
Dec 19, Vintage Percolator?

Dec 19, Vintage Percolator?

I'm interested in finding a stainless steel percolator. I'd prefer stove top, but electric suggestions would be welcome too. My problem is that I want...
Top Value Coffees of 2017

Top Value Coffees of 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...
The end of Longberry

The end of Longberry

The time has come to formally shutter the short-lived publication that was Longberry Magazine. We started it as “an occasional journal of coffee”, with some strange ideas about not having any ads in it, and trying to pay people well (or at least better) for their work. It lasted all of two...
Santo Tomás Pachuj

Santo Tomás Pachuj

As pourover, drip, or single origin espresso, we are loving this unique coffee from Private Natural Reserve and Coffee Farm Santo Tomás Pachuj. The farm is located on the slopes of Volcán Atitlán, a few kilometers from the town of San Lucas Tolimán in the territorial division of Sololá. The origins...
Coffee Brewing Dice

Coffee Brewing Dice

I’ve enjoyed working on how-to guides for coffee brewers, but one particular brewer gave me a headache: the Aeropress. There are just too many different ways to use it, too many potential outcomes and, for a while, this made me a little frustrated. Then a ridiculous idea surfaced, which became another...
2017 Holiday Gift Coffees

2017 Holiday Gift Coffees

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...
Christmas gift guide for Coffee Lovers

Christmas gift guide for Coffee Lovers

When buying a gift for a coffee lover it can be hard to know where to start so we’ve put together some tips on buying the perfect gift. Firstly, it’s good to know what type of coffee brewing methods they use. Do they have a French press or a V60? If...
ReachNow Drives Water Avenue Coffee

ReachNow Drives Water Avenue Coffee

  Water Avenue Coffee's wholesale and kitchen teams have been using ReachNow to help us expand and reach even more of our wholesale customers throughout the Portland area. Thanks to ReachNow, we've been able to cruise around the city delivering coffee you love, as well as hitting up the farmer's market...
Quality Vs Scale

Quality Vs Scale

The thinking in specialty coffee has long been: quality doesn’t scale. There’s plenty of evidence that this is true but I’ve become increasingly interested in the why, because there is evidence to the contrary. I’m going to look at an aspect of the industry that is closest to home for...
Nov 27, Our review of the Bripe Coffee Brew Pipe.

Nov 27, Our review of the Bripe Coffee Brew Pipe.

I’ve always wanted a coffee-making kit that’s small enough to take with me when I’m enjoying the outdoors. And now I have it…...
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...
Top Coffees by Category – 2017

Top Coffees by Category – 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...
Dear Coffee Roaster Manufacturers

Dear Coffee Roaster Manufacturers

Note: A few years ago, I wrote a post addressed to grinder manufacturers. I was frustrated by the lack of innovation, and I think my complaints resonated with a lot of people. I bring this post up because I believe there are parallels to roasting machines. I think manufacturers underestimate...
Nov 23, Our review of the Ninja Coffee Bar brewer.

Nov 23, Our review of the Ninja Coffee Bar brewer.

The Ninja Coffee Bar is a three-in-one system that makes a full carafe, single serve and espresso-style drinks as well....
Nov 19, Asobu Cold Brew Insulated Portable Brewer review

Nov 19, Asobu Cold Brew Insulated Portable Brewer review

The Asobu Cold Brew Insulated Portable Brewer is a beautiful piece of design, easy to use, and also has an insulated, portable carafe....
Organic-Certified Coffees from Africa: Benefits, Challenges, Complexities

Organic-Certified Coffees from Africa: Benefits, Challenges, Complexities

Certified organic coffees must be propagated, grown, processed, transported, stored, and roasted without contact with synthetic chemicals—particularly without contact with pesticides and herbicides. The certification process (carried out by a variety of organizations operating inside a common framework) is lengthy, thorough, rather expensive, but apparently reliable and free of abuse....