Coffee reviews – written in plain English.

Professional coffee cuppersWe're not professional coffee cuppers, but these folks are. (Some of the wonderful people I met on my trip to Jamaica.)

Our intention here is to write coffee reviews in a way that makes sense to regular coffee drinkers.

There are many excellent “cuppers” out there – professional coffee tasters – but sometimes their language is hard for non-professionals to understand.


If we can achieve some small measure of success in writing these “plain English” coffee reviews, we’ll be happy.

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.

Jarhead Java

Jarhead Java coffee is a bold and sweet Colombian coffee that’s perfect for your morning brew. It supports a good cause too. Full review here...

Allann Bros Coffee Roasters

Phoenix and The Turtle

This coffee from Allann Bros  is a rich, bold blend of beans from Indonesia and Central America. Full review here...

Drift Away Coffee

El Salvador Santa Maria

El Salvador Santa Maria

This coffee from Drift Away Coffee is a bold and fairly dark coffee, but with a natural sweetness and a touch of berry. Full review here...

Tanzania Igamba coffee

Tanzania Igamba

Tanzania Igamba coffee from Drift Away Coffee is a light roasted coffee with a touch of natural sweetness and black tea. Full review here...

Panama Coffee Gold Reserve

Auromar Panama Geisha Coffee

Auromar Panama Geisha Coffee

This coffee comes from a rare coffee varietal and delivers a perfectly balanced brew. An absolute must-try coffee. Full review here...

King's Row Coffee

The Shelton Signature Blend coffee

The Shelton Signature Blend

This is a fabulous coffee, with a price to match. But if you truly love coffee, this is one to try. Full review here...

The Bonbon Blend coffee

The Bonbon Blend

This is nicely balanced coffee, on the light side of bold, and with a natural sweetness. Full review here...

The Coastal Blend coffee

The Coastal Blend

The Coastal Blend is a dark to medium roast coffee, blended to taste its best on the beach. Full review here...


Montana Coffee Traders

Grizzly Blend coffee

Grizzly Blend

This is a terrific coffee. We love it. It’s strong and smooth with a natural sweetness and no harsh edges to the taste. Full review here...

Cafe Monteverde coffee

Cafe Monteverde

If you like your coffee light, bright and citrus, then be sure to try this Café Monteverde from Montana Coffee Traders. Full review here...

Community Coffee

Breakfast Blend coffee

Breakfast Blend

The Community Coffee Breakfast Blend is a medium-weight coffee, with a unique sweetness and strong, clean finish. Full review here...

Coffee & Chicory blend

Coffee & Chicory

Our review of a blend of coffee and chicory, sent to us by Community Coffee, a Louisiana roaster. Full review here...

Driven Coffee

Costa Rica coffee

Costa Rica

This Costa Rica coffee from Driven Coffee has a smooth taste, with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity. Full review here...

Ethiopia Sidamo coffee

Ethiopia Sidamo

This a very nice medium-roast Ethiopia Sidamo, on the light side of bold with a touch of blueberry. Full review here...

Joe's Brew Club

Costa Rica coffee from Redrock Roasters

Costa Rica coffee from Redrock Roasters

This coffee came to us via Joe's Brew Club -  a coffee club with a get coffee, biscotti and chocolate. Full review here...


Bean Box

True Mokha Java

Mokha Java is one of the oldest coffee blends in the world, and this particular blend balances chocolate and fruit perfectly. Full review here...

Kuma Coffee's Guatemala La Esperanza

Kuma Coffee's Guatemala La Esperanza

This Kuma Coffee Guatemala La Esperanza came to us from Bean Box. It's a mild coffee, with hints of both milk chocolate and orange. Full review here...

Herkimer’s Honduran Drip Blend coffee

Herkimer’s Honduran Drip Blend

Our review of Herkimer Coffee’s Drip Blend, a smooth and sweet Honduran coffee sent to us by the folks at Bean Box. Full review here...

Marley Coffee

One Love Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee

One Love Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

One Love Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from Marley Coffee is a beautiful, subtle coffee, with sweet and floral notes. Full review here...

Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend coffee

Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend

Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend is a smooth and naturally sweet blend of coffees from Jamaica and Central America. Full review here...

Kauai Coffee

Garden Isle K-Cups

Blue Mountain Coffee Inc.

Blue Mountain Cache

Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters

Organic Colombia Quinchia

Organic Ethiopia Sidama Homacho Waeno

San Francisco Bay Coffee

Colombian Supremo

Dominican Sierra Group

Café Santo Domingo

Path Coffee Roasters

Colombian Finca Potosi

Ethiopian Sidamo

Hamptons Lane

Montauk Sunrise

Oren’s Daily Roast

Burundi Kayanza Gatare

Ridgelyne Coffee

Ridgelyne Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee (2014)

100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee (2013)

Terra Bean Coffee

La Colmena from El Salvador

New York Coffee House Blend

Van Houtte

Single Origin Costa Rica

Single Origin Sumatra

The East India Coffee Company...

Milk Chocolate Enrobed Coffee Beans

Tiny Footprint Coffee...

Colombia Mesa de Los Santos

Nicaraguan Dark Roast

Coffee Del Sol...

El Salvador San Emilio

Blanell Coffee...

La Brasiliana Espresso Coffee

Caffe Diemme Espresso Coffee

Equal Exchange...

Organic Mind, Body & Soul Coffee

Organic French Roast

Virgin Hill Coffee Roasters

Ripplecove Blend

Francais Blend

Marley Coffee

Lively Up! 5 Bean Espresso Roast

Marley Coffee Buffalo Soldier coffee

Ridgelyne Coffee

Ridgelyne 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee

Maui Mountain Home Grown reviews...

Volcano Roast

Sunrise Roast

Arbor Day Coffee Reviews...

Arbor Day Blend

Arbor Day Colombian Blend

About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…

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