Our intention here is to write coffee reviews in a way that makes sense to regular coffee drinkers.
There are some excellent “cuppers” out there – professional coffee tasters – but sometimes their language is hard for non-professionals to understand.
For instance, a coffee cupper might describe a coffee as having “aromatic cedar and chocolate notes with a toasty caramel finish”.
While professional cuppers may write coffee reviews that are clearly understood by other professionals, we believe there is also a need for reviews written in plain English.
If we can achieve some small measure of success in writing these “plain English” coffee reviews, we’ll be happy.
Who does the tasting? I taste all the coffees we review, but rely a great deal on the far superior palate of my girlfriend, Johanne Tanguay. She tastes the coffee and I take notes. If we then compare our notes to what has been written about the same coffee by professional tasters, she is almost always spot on.
That's how we manage to write quality reviews, without a lot of the weird, technical jargon.
BTW – We never charge fees for these reviews. If a company sends us some coffee, we’ll taste it. If we like it, we’ll write a review. If we don’t like the coffee, we simply don’t review it. Our reviews are not paid for.
Finally, if you work for a coffee company and would like us to review one or more of your coffees, you can reach us through our contact page.
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About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…